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Hugh Barter fastest in French F4 free practice at Nogaro

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Roger Gascoigne

Hugh Barter continued to lead the way in free practice ahead for the opening round of the French Formula 4 championship at Nogaro.

The Australian-Japanese driver, runner-up in 2021 and a winner at the Nogaro circuit, leapt to the front after 12 mins of the half-hour session, before immediately improving to record a best time of 1m28.707s.

As in Friday’s ‘private practice’ test sessions, the fastest times were all recorded in the first 15 minutes of running. Temperatures are expected to be significantly higher for Saturday afternoon’s qualifying.

Elliott Vayron, a multiple race winner last year, was second fastest, 0.193 seconds behind Barter.

The Japanese Red Bull/Honda juniors, Souta Arao and Yuto Nomura, continued their rapid learning process on their first visit to Nogaro to go third and fourth quickest. The less experienced Nomura, in particular, impressed, having been only 14th fastest on Friday.

Friday pacesetter, Alessandro Giusti, could only manage the fifth-fastest time, ahead of Lorens Lecertua, the Belgian karting graduate again impressing on his car racing debut.

India’s Amir Sayed was a surprising seventh-quickest, after having been only 15th on Friday.

One of Friday’s leading runners, Romain Andriolo, made four pitstops and could only manage the 10th-fastest time, one place ahead of Edgar Pierre whose Mygale had been repaired overnight following a heavy accident on Friday afternoon.

The sessions’s early front-runners Dario Cabanelas, Pierre-Alexandre Provost and Pablo Sarrazin filled positions 12 to 14.

Free practice result
Pos Driver Time Gap
1 Hugh Barter 1m28.707s
2 Elliott Vayron 1m28.900s +0.193s
3 Souta Arao 1m29.115s +0.408s
4 Yuto Nomura 1m29.370s +0.663s
5 Alessandro Giusti 1m29.430s +0.723s
6 Lorens Lecertua 1m29.436s +0.729s
7 Amir Sayed 1m29.440s +0.733s
8 Enzo Geraci 1m29.485s +0.778s
9 Mateo Villagomez 1m29.506s +0.799s
10 Romain Andriolo 1m29.674s +0.967s
11 Edgar Pierre 1m29.700s +0.993s
12 Dario Cabanelas 1m29.997s +1.290s
13 Pierre-Alexandre Provost 1m30.025s +1.318s
14 Pablo Sarrazin 1m30.083s +1.376s
15 Valentino Mini 1m30.144s +1.437s
16 Louis Pelet 1m30.170s +1.463s
17 Leny Reveillere 1m30.201s +1.494s
18 Enzo Richer 1m30.319s +1.612s
19 Jeronimo Berrio 1m30.505s +1.798s
20 Luciano Morano 1m30.575s +1.868s
21 Enzo Peugeot 1m30.783s +2.076s
22 Pol Lopez 1m30.895s +2.188s
23 Antoine Fernande 1m31.628s +2.921s
24 Max Reis 1m31.651s +2.944s