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Nael clinches Spanish F4 crown even as Ho wins Barcelona race one

by Peter Allen

Photo: Spanish F4

Theophile Nael has clinched the Spanish Formula 4 championship with a third-place finish in race one at Barcelona, even as main rival Christian Ho took victory.

Sainteloc Racing driver Nael came into the race leading Ho by 63 points and needing a top-five finish to secure the title regardless of what Ho, Enzo Deligny or Valerio Rinicella could do.

While his rivals filled the top three places on the grid and maintained their places, Nael started sixth and immediately climbed into fifth past Noah Stromsted on the run to turn one. He then got up the inside of Ricardo Gracia for fourth place, sealing the place into turn four.

The safety car was deployed after Flavio Oliiveri came to a halt, and at the restart Rinicella went down the inside of Deligny for second place at turn five.

Nael then went to the inside of Deligny as the Red Bull junior ran wide in turn 11, and hung on around the outside of Turn 12 to take third place.

Out front, Ho remained around a second of Rinicella until the race was brought to an early end by a red flag with one minute left on the clock after Fillipo Fiorentino’s car was stranded in the gravel trap.

That confirmed Nael as champion at the end of his and Sainteloc’s first full season of single-seaters following their debut in the middle of 2022.

Deligny finished fourth in front of Stromsted, Matteo de Palo and Ricardo Gracia.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Christian Ho Campos Racing 14 laps
2 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +1.086s
3 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing +3.464s
4 Enzo Deligny Campos Racing +4.728s
5 Noah Stromsted Campos Racing +5.444s
6 Matteo De Palo Campos Racing +9.179s
7 Ricardo Gracia Monlau Motorsport +11.558s
8 Hiyu Yamakoshi Tecnicar Motorsport +12.318s
9 Noah Lisle Carlin +12.772s
10 Keanu Al Azhari MP Motorsport +15.511s
11 Pablo Sarrazin Monlau Motorsport +16.678s
12 Lin Hodenius Monlau Motorsport +18.506s
13 Pedro Clerot MP Motorsport +19.764s
14 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing +20.296s
15 Andres Cardenas Campos Racing +22.640s
16 Alexander Abkhazava Drivex School +23.764s
17 Gabriel Gomez Cram Motorsport +24.778s
18 Eric Gene Tecnicar Motorsport +25.092s
19 Fernando Barrichello Monlau Motorsport +25.486s
20 Akshay Bohra MP Motorsport +28.108s
21 Alvise Rodella MP Motorsport +28.460s
22 Juan Cota Drivex School +28.728s
23 Griffin Peebles Tecnicar Motorsport +32.658s
24 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing +33.085s
25 Jesse Carrasquedo Campos Racing +33.380s
26 Isaac Barashi GRS +37.500s
27 Lorenzo Castillo Tecnicar Motorsport +37.942s
28 Maxi Restrepo Drivex School +42.271s
29 Luis Carlos Perez GRS +45.514s
30 Federico Al Rifai Carlin +55.081s
Ret Filippo Fiorentino Cram Motorsport
Ret Alex Ninovic Carlin
Ret Daniel Macia GRS
Ret Flavio Olivieri Cram Motorsport
Fastest lap: Ho, 1m42.131s

Championship standings

1 Nael 296   2 Ho 245   3 Rinicella 229   4 Deligny 225   De Palo 153   6 Clerot 141   Stromsted 123   8 Cardenas 105   9 Al Azhari 92   10 Ninovic 50