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Nael pips Ho to pole in Spanish F4 qualifying at Valencia

by Ida Wood

Photo: F4 Spain

Sainteloc Racing’s Theophile Nael claimed pole for the third Spanish Formula 4 race of the weekend at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit by just 0.023 seconds.

The 20-minute qualifying session kicked off Sunday’s track action, and Monlau Motorsport’s Ricardo Gracia was the driver to beat at first with a 1m33.674s.

MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella was next to the top with a 1m33.377s, with his team-mate Keanu Al Azhari also bettering Gracia, then Campos Racing’s Andres Cardenas went fastest by 0.022s.

Rodin Carlin’s Noah Lisle was the first driver into the 1m32s, and was on provisional pole for less than a minute before Rinicella set a 1m32.991s to move ahead by 0.003s.

Pedro Clerot scrubbed a further 0.01s off the benchmark pace as the session entered its second half, but on Rinicella’s next lap he was able to set a 1m32.721s.

A few minutes later he improved to 1m32.567s to keep himself on top, with Nael usurping him by 0.074s with six minutes to go.

Campos’s Christian Ho reduced Nael’s advantage to 0.023s with just over four minutes left of qualifying, then red flags waved due to Lin Hodenius getting stuck in the turn one gravel. He had his best laptime deleted as a result.

There were 206s left on the clock when qualifying restarted, but few were able to improve in the time left. Campos’s Enzo Deligny rose to seventh place, 0.223s off the pace, while the top six positions were locked in from before the red flag stoppage.

Nael therefore earned his fifth pole of the season ahead of Ho, Rinicella and Matteo De Palo.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing 1m32.493s 13
2 Chritian Ho Campos Racing 1m32.516s +0.023s 13
3 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m32.538s +0.045s 12
4 Matteo De Palo Campos Racing 1m32.629s +0.136s 14
5 Pedro Clerot MP Motorsport 1m32.644s +0.151s 13
6 Keanu Al Azhari MP Motorsport 1m32.711s +0.218s 13
7 Enzo Deligny Campos Racing 1m32.716s +0.223s 14
8 Alex Ninovic Carlin 1m32.773s +0.280s 14
9 Andres Cardenas Campos Racing 1m32.793s +0.300s 14
10 Ricardo Gracia Monlau Motorsport 1m32.797s +0.304s 11
11 Noah Stromsted Campos Racing 1m32.840s +0.347s 14
12 Griffin Peebles Tecnicar Motorsport 1m32.904s +0.411s 13
13 Noah Lisle Carlin 1m32.934s +0.441s 14
14 Alexander Abkhazava Drivex School 1m32.941s +0.448s 13
15 Hiyu Yamakoshi Tecnicar Motorsport 1m32.951s +0.458s 14
16 Alvise Rodella MP Motorsport 1m32.989s +0.496s 12
17 Maxi Restrepo Drivex School 1m32.999s +0.506s 13
18 Jesse Carrasquedo Campos Racing 1m33.015s +0.522s 13
19 Pablo Sarrazin Monlau Motorsport 1m33.025s +0.532s 12
20 Juan Cota Drivex School 1m33.032s +0.539s 13
21 Lin Hodenius Monlau Motorsport 1m33.125s +0.632s 9
22 Joao Diaz Drivex School 1m33.131s +0.638s 13
23 Daniel Macia GRS 1m33.138s +0.645s 12
24 Eric Gene Tecnicar Motorsport 1m33.238s +0.745s 12
25 Reno Francot MP Motorsport 1m33.243s +0.750s 12
26 Federico Al Rifai Carlin 1m33.353s +0.860s 13
27 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing 1m33.430s +0.937s 12
28 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing 1m33.461s +0.968s 12
29 Gabriel Stilp GRS 1m33.630s +1.137s 12
30 Flavio Olivieri Cram Motorsport 1m33.647s +1.154s 12
31 Fernando Barrichello Monlau Motorsport 1m33.811s +1.318s 12
32 Kai Daryanani Cram Motorsport 1m34.033s +1.540s 13
33 Filippo Fiorentino Cram Motorsport 1m34.400s +1.907s 13
34 Lorenzo Castillo Tecnicar Motorsport 1m34.458s +1.965s 12
34 Isaac Barashi GRS 1m36.164s +3.671s 10