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Kucharczyk beats Tsolov to score first win in Spanish F4

by Peter Allen

Photo: Spanish F4

Tymoteusz Kucharczyk saw off Nikola Tsolov to take his first car racing win in the opening race of the Spanish Formula 4 round at Jerez.

From pole position, Alpine Academy affiliate Tsolov retained the lead over Richard Mille Young Talent Academy winner Kucharczyk into the first corner, but Kucharczyk challenged alongside Tslov through the following corners before eventually snatching the lead. Kucharczyk’s MP Motorsport team-mate Valerio Rinicella then took second from Campos driver Tsolov down the back straight.

Behind the leaders there was carnage on the opening lap, including Sebastian Gravlund being pitched into the gravel trap and a sizeable coming together between Alvaro Garcia and Ricardo Gracia.

After the subsequent safety car, 10 minutes remained on the clock at the restart, and Tsolov found a way back past Rinicella for second place a few minutes later.

The Bulgarian then quickly closed the gap to the leader and the pair were side-by-side down the pit straight as they started the final lap. Kucharczyk held on though by 0.349 seconds.

He moves into the points lead after both Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Hugh Barter finished outside of the points. Having already qualified 11th, Inthraphuvasak ran wide through the gravel on the first lap before recovering to 12th, one place behind Barter who fell back from fourth on the grid.

Charlie Wurz climbed from seventh to fourth on his series debut with Campos Racing, overtaking team-mate Georg Kelstrup after the restart. Kirill Smal finished just behind Kelstrup and ahead of Robert de Haan, Filip Jenic, Gael Julien and Christian Ho.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Tymoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport 13 laps
2 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing +0.349s
3 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +1.513s
4 Charlie Wurz Campos Racing +3.421s
5 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +5.920s
6 Kirill Smal MP Motorsport +5.989s
7 Robert De Haan VAR/Monlau Motorsport +6.124s
8 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +7.392s
9 Gael Julien Drivex School +7.652s
10 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +8.393s
11 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +9.643s
12 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +10.371s
13 Manuel Espirito Santo Teo Martin Motorsport +10.916s
14 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +11.260s
15 Jef Machiels VAR/Monlau Motorsport +14.947s
16 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +15.571s
17 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +16.803s
18 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +17.619s
19 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport +19.533s
20 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +20.419s
21 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport +2 laps
Ret Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport
Ret Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Ret Ricardo Gracia GRS
Ret Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport
Ret Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 1m44.781s

Championship standings
 Kucharczyk 67   2 Tsolov 51   3 Inthraphuvasak 51   4 Barter 45   5 Zanfari 26   6 Jenic 28   7 Rinicella 22   8 Pingaov 16   9 Kelstrup 16   10 Wurz 12