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MP Motorsport drivers on top in Spanish F4 test days at Spa

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4 / fotocar13

MP Motorsport’s Rik Koen topped a 24-car field in Spanish Formula 4’s second pre-season visit to Spa-Francorchamps.

His team-mate Dilano Van’t Hoff topped the first test session on Wednesday, just pipping Campos Racing’s Alex Garcia. Suleiman Zanfari (MP) and Sebastian Ogaard (Campos) were within a second of the pace, with the slowest drivers six seconds off.

The afternoon session was immediately faster, with Campos’s Pepe Marti setting a 2m24.912s at the start. He improved by a few tenths before ending his first run, and remained at the top of the times for three-and-a-half hours before MP’s Manuel Espirito Santo went half a second faster and his team-mates Koen, Van’t Hoff and Noah Degnbol also bettered Marti.

One MP driver who didn’t set out at first was Gil Molina, although he did eventually make it on track and at a competitive pace.

A rubbered in track on Thursday meant laptimes dropped further, and it was actually Pinnacle Motorsport’s Alex Dunne – who didn’t drive on Wednesday – that was first to improve on the first day’s pace.

Koen improved on that to become the first driver to lap in the 2m23s, and the session ended with the Dutchman on top by 0.485 seconds. Reigning Austrian Formula Renault Cup winner Oliver Michl was third for Teo Martin Motorsport.

Van’t Hoff didn’t get on track, while Lola Lovinfosse joined Drivex’s on-track line-up after only spectating the Wednesday action.

Max Arkhangelskiy put Drivex at the top of the times early in the afternoon session, but the Russian was unable to replicate that pace pace and was pipped to top spot by Koen before the first of the hour.

It was some hours later before there was more improvements, with Campos pair Marti and Ogaard going one-two.

That only put them second and third overall though, as Koen’s morning lap still stood as the fastest of the test.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Rik Koen MP Motorsport 2m23.775s 106
2 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 2m24.191s +0.416s 119
3 Sebastian Ogaard Campos Racing 2m24.249s +0.474s 110
4 Alex Dunne Pinnacle Motorsport 2m24.260s +0.485s 67
5 Manuel Espirito Santo MP Motorsport 2m24.332s +0.557s 105
6 Dilano Van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 2m24.421s +0.646s 53
7 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School 2m24.426s +0.651s 118
8 Oliver Michl Teo Martin Motorsport 2m24.435s +0.660s 128
9 Noah Degnbol MP Motorsport 2m24.523s +0.748s 102
10 Georg Kelstrup MP Motorsport 2m24.635s +0.860s 95
11 Gil Molina MP Motorsport 2m24.708s +0.933s 93
12 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport 2m24.722s +0.947s 109
13 Filip Jenic Teo Martin Motorsport 2m24.791s +1.016s 126
14 Alex Garcia Campos Racing 2m25.049s +1.274s 74
15 Santiago Trisini MP Motorsport 2m25.099s +1.324s 104
16 #24 MP Motorsport 2m25.287s +1.512s 97
17 Branden-Lee Oxley Drivex School 2m25.320s +1.545s 106
18 Alex Partyshev Campos Racing 2m25.544s +1.769s 127
19 Guilherme Oliveira Drivex School 2m25.612s +1.837s 122
20 Valentin Kluss Teo Martin Motorsport 2m25.658s +1.883s 128
21 Noam Abramczyk Drivex School 2m26.082s +2.307s 97
22 #3 Campos Racing 2m26.111s +2.336s 97
23 #126 MP Motorsport 2m26.680s +2.905s 105
24 Lola Lovinfosse Drivex School 2m31.526s +7.751s 50