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Nomura wins another French F4 reversed-grid race, Barter hits trouble

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Honda junior Yuto Nomura took his second victory of the season in the reversed-grid French Formula 4 race at Magny-Cours.

Nomura passed polesitter Pierre-Alexandre Provost to win by 0.807 seconds, but points leader Hugh Barter was involved in an opening-lap collision.

Provost led from fellow front-row starter Nomura into the first corner, while Jeronimo Berrio moved ahead of Louis Pelet for third. Pelet then lost further positions to Lorens Lecertua and Souta Arao.

Starting from tenth, Barter was involved in a three-car collision at Adelaide hairpin and dropped to the back of the field, eventually finishing 20th. Romain Andriolo also lost ground in the incident and came home 17th.

After applying early pressure on Provost, Nomura made a better exit out of the hairpin before completing the move into the Nurburgring chicane before edging clear.

Lecertua made a move up the inside of Berrio for third early on, but the latter managed to stay in front before pulling over 2s clear to take the final podium spot.

Enzo Peugeot climbed from 13th on the grid to finish sixth, ahead of Pelet, while Dario Cabanelas bounced back from retirement in race one to come home eighth.

Max Reis finished ninth from 17th on the grid, despite carrying front-wing damage for most of the race, with Pol Lopez rounding out the top ten.

Race result
Pos Driver Time
1 Yuto Nomura 13 laps
2 Pierre-Alexandre Provost +0.807s
3 Jeronimo Berrio +1.255s
4 Lorens Lecertua +3.753s
5 Souta Arao +10.844s
6 Enzo Peugeot +11.008s
7 Louis Pelet +12.141s
8 Dario Cabanelas +12.994s
9 Max Reis +15.761s
10 Pol Lopez +18.516s
11 Enzo Geraci +20.767s
12 Edgar Pierre +21.422s
13 Valentino Mini +21.850s
14 Elliott Vayron +22.504s
15 Enzo Richer +22.842s
16 Mateo Villagomez +23.353s
17 Romain Andriolo +23.971s
18 Pablo Sarrazin +26.031s
19 Amir Sayed +27.138s
20 Hugh Barter +32.917s
21 Luciano Morano +34.892s
22 Antoine Fernande +36.951s
23 Leny Reveillere +49.276s
Ret Alessandro Giusti
Fastest lap: Nomura, 1m41.641s

Championship standings
 Barter 135   Arao 94   3 Giusti 77   4 Vayron 66   5 Provost 48   6 Nomura 40   7 Peugeot 38   8 Cabanelas 35   9 Berrio 34   10 Geraci 31