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Masson triumphs in reversed grid French F4 race at Magny-Cours

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: KSP

Esteban Masson came from seventh on the grid to take his second French Formula 4 victory of the season in the reversed-grid second race at Magny-Cours.

After being denied victory in the closing stages of the first encounter earlier on Saturday, Masson quickly made up ground in the second race to run third before the safety car was deployed approaching the halfway stage.

Following the caution period, caused by Adam Szydlowski’s car coming to a halt by the edge of the circuit, Masson passed Enzo Geraci for second before taking first place from polesitter and early leader Noel Andy.

Masson – who will start from pole in race three on Sunday – went on to win by 3.3 seconds from Andy, while Hugh Barter climbed from ninth on the grid to finish third with a late pass on Daniel Ligier, who came home fourth. 

Ligier finished fourth ahead of French F4 Junior winner Dario Cabanelas and Gael Julien, while Geraci eventually slipped back to seventh.

Alessandro Giusti took eighth place, having ran fourth before the safety car intervention, ahead of Pierre-Alexandre Provost and Aiden Neate.

Race one winner Capietto ran 11th for most of the race before spinning off on the final lap after contact.

Race results

Pos Name Time
1 Esteban Masson 12 laps
2 Noah Andy +3.368s
3 Hugh Barter +5.992s
4 Daniel Ligier +6.399s
5 Dario Cabanelas +7.306s
6 Gael Julien +11.136s
7 Enzo Geraci +16.240s
8 Alessandro Guisti +16.785s
9 Pierre-Alexandre Provost +17.170s
10 Aiden Neate +17.509s
11 Owen Tangavelou +19.382s
12 Vingesh Kadarabad +28.631s
13 Angelina Favario +32.923s
14 Maceo Capietto +50.182s
Ret Adam Szydlowski
Fastest lap: Masson, 1m40.178s

Championship standings
FIA   1 Masson 75   2 Barter 71   3 Julien 50   4 Ligier 48   5 Capietto 47   6 Andy 34   7 Thanapongpan Sutumno 31   8 Tangavelou 24   9 Szydlowski 15   10 Kadarabad 12
Junior   1 Cabanelas 86   2 Giusti 73   3 Neate 68   4 Geraci 57   5 Provost 48