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NACAM F4 kicks off ‘comeback’ season with 10-car grid

by Ida Wood

NACAM Formula 4 held its first points-scoring event since 2020 at Queretaro this weekend, with names from stock cars leading the way.

The series held 11 races over four rounds last year in the United States and Mexico, but all were non-championship. It has a six-round schedule for 2022, with all events taking place in Mexico.

It was teenager Manuel Roza who set the pace in qualifying at Queretaro, with the front row for race one filled by Julio Rejon, who finished in the top 10 of Mexico’s second NASCAR tier last year.

Rejon got get the btter of Roza in Saturday’s F4 race, winning by 2.257s. There were nine cars that took part, with Eduardo Alquicira a non-starter and such a small grid size putting the series’ FIA superlicence eligiblity at immediate risk once again.

Juan Pedroza was the winner in race two, leading Roza through the first segment of the race before he retired and leaving Rejon as his closest rival. He kept within touching distance for most of the race, only dropping back in the final few laps and losing his second place to Rodrigo Rejon. Only six drivers ended up finishing, with Alquicira retiring fom the top six towards the end.

Roza came to the fore again in race three, building a big lead that grew to over 10s over Julio Rejon. There was battling for sixth place, but otherwise little action of note.

There was Formula Ford support races over the weekend with a grid that included Memo Rojas and Benito Guerra, father of Production World Rally champion Benito Guerra Jr.

Race 1 (27 laps)
1 Julio Rejon Escuderia ProRally 27m32.901s
2 Manuel Roza RRK Motorsports +2.257s
3 Luis Carlos Perez Ram Racing +4.884s
4 Juan F. Pedroza Ram Racing +7.187s
5 Joe Sandoval RE Racing +20.937s
6 Cristian Cantu RE Racing +26.045s
7 Daniel Forcadell Easy-shop.com Racing +58.739s
Ret Emil Abed RRK Motorsports
Ret Rodrigo Rejon Escuderia ProRally
Pole: Roza, 59.570s
Fastest lap: Roza, 59.952s

Race 2 (27 laps)
1 Pedroza 30m50.737s
2 R Rejon +5.334s
3 J Rejon +8.205s
4 Abed +10.475s
5 Perez +15.612s
6 Cantu +27.314s
7 Eduardo Alquicira Ram Racing +2 laps
Ret Roza
DNS Forcadell
DNS Sandoval
FL: J Rejon, 59.893s

Race 3 (27 laps)
1 Roza 27m30.503s
2 J Rejon +10.159s
3 R Rejon +14.018s
4 Abed +15.870s
5 Perez +40.459s
6 Pedroza +41.825s
7 Cantu +46.032s
8 Forcadell +1 lap
Ret Sanvodall
Ret Alquicira
FL: Roza, 1m00.159s

Championship standings
1 J Rejon 58   Pedorza 45   3 Roza 43   4 Perez 35   5 R Rejon 33   6 Abed 24   7 Cantu 22   8 Sandoval 10   9 Forcadell 10   10 Alquicira 6