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Inthraphuvasak takes victory in second Spanish F4 race at Algarve

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Spanish F4

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak took victory in the second Spanish Formula 4 race of the weekend at Algarve for MP Motorsport, quickly escaping from his duelling pursuers for a comfortable maiden win.

His team-mate Tymoteusz Kucharczyk was second on the road but a two-second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him behind Camps Racing’s Filip Jenic in the final classification.

Confusingly, though chronologically the second race of the weekend, the race was actually run to the 25 minutes-plus-one lap designation for the longer race three, and used its grid.

Poleman Inthraphuvasak made an excellent getaway as fellow front-row man Nikola Tsolov again made a poor start, dropping to ninth on lap one.

As Hugh Barter dived to the inside of Tsolov into turn one, both Kucharczyk and Jenic went around the outside of the pair to move into second and third.

Barter quickly disposed of Jenic as he and Kucharczyk began to haul in the leader at the end of the fourth tour. Kucharczyk had a look into turn one, but a lock-up into the hairpin allowed Barter past.

As the duo lost time looking for a way past Inthraphuvasak, Jenic was able to latch onto the group. As they crossed the line at the end of lap eight, Kucharczyk and Jenic swept either side of Barter into turn one.

The leader was now clear in front, building up a gap of over two seconds, and although Kucharczk closed up in the final laps he was never close enough to mount a challenge.

Tsolov was the quickest driver on track as he fought through the field, and finished just 1.1s behind Barter in fifth.

An incident between MP’s Christian Ho and Drivex School’s Bruno del Pino on the penultimate lap while the fought for the last points positions meant the race ended with waved double yellow flags at turn eight, and ahead of them were the MP trio of Suleiman Zanfari, Valerio Rinicella and Miron Pingasov.

In addition to Kucharczyk, two-second time penalties were given to Zanfari, Georg Kelstrup, Lukas Malek, Vladislav Ryabov, Jorge Campos and Anshul Gandhi.

Race result (16 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport 28m30.158s
2 Filip Jenic Teo Martin Motorsport +1.976s
3 Tymoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport +3.117s
4 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +3.881s
5 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing +4.914s
6 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +6.418s
7 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +11.331s
8 Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport +12.648s
9 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +14.624s
10 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport +15.711s
11 Kirill Smal MP Motorsport +16.933s
12 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport +19.677s
13 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +20.825s
14 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +22.236s
15 Gael Julien Drivex School +22.391s
16 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr Campos Racing +23.266s
17 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +23.396s
18 Ricardo Gracia GRS +23.787s
19 Jef Machiels VAR/Monlau Motorsport +27.025s
20 Noah Lisle Drivex School +28.018s
21 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport +29.781s
22 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones +30.495s
23 Lucas Malek Teo Martin Motorsport +31.678s
24 Jorge Campos Formula de Campeones +33.945s
25 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport +1m01.694s
26 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +1m40.468s
27 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +1 lap
28 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +2 laps
Ret Robert De Haan VAR/Monlau Motorsport
Ret Manuel Esprito Santo Teo Martin Motorsport
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 1m45.767s

Championship standings
1 Inthraphuvasak 45   2 Barter 37   3 Kucharczyk 30   4 Jenic 24   5 Zanfari 16   6 Pingaov 16   7 Tsolov 14   8 Juilen 10   9 Rinicella 6   10 Kelstrup 6