Esteban Masson won for the first time in French Formula 4 after leading the season-opening race at Nogaro from pole position.
Masson, 2019 French karting champion, is not a complete F4 newcomer after making one-off appearances in both of the past two seasons.
He got a fine start from his first pole position and led Owen Tangavelou, who overtook front-row starter Hugh Barter in the early stages.
While Tangavelou was occasionally able to take chunks out of Masson’s lead throughout the 15-lap race, he often found himself under pressure from Daniel Ligier and Barter.
The order at the front stayed the same, and the battle over second had increased gaps as the race came to its conclusion.
Masson beat Tangevelou by 2.987 seconds, just ahead of Ligier, who beat single-seater debutant Barter to the final podium spot.
There was drama on the formation lap, as Maceo Capietto stopped at Turn 5. Set to start from fourth, last year’s FIA Karting Academy runner-up was able to have his car recovered before the start proper without delay.
Aiden Neate was a distant fifth, beating Dario Cabanelas and Julien Gael and finishing as the leading junior driver.
The battle over the minor points was tight, with Alessandro Giusti passing Noah Andy on the penultimate lap for eighth, and Thanpongpan Sutumno rounding out the points scorers after a poor start.
There was a collision on the penultimate lap between Vignesh Kadarabad and Angelina Favario over last place on the road. That after Adam Szydlowski had joined Capietto as an early retirement, stopping short of the grid ahead of the start and being towed to the pits, before eventually retiring for good after a few laps.
Race results (15 laps)
|13||Angelina Favario||+1 lap|
|14||Vignesh Kadarabad||+2 laps|
|Fastest lap: Masson, 1m27.377s