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Quique Bordas and Carles Martinez win Praga F4 shootout

by Ida Wood

Praga F4 will retain Carles Martinez for a second season in Spanish Formula 4, and has signed karter Quique Bordas to partner him after a shootout test.

The team, based at Formula E testing venue Valencia Ricardo Tormo, has won races in both of the seasons it has contested and ran Killian Meyer to second in the standings last year. It ran a test at its local circuit this week for eight drivers, with three of them in contention to become the first two drivers of its 2020 line-up.

Martinez, champion of Spain’s national junior karting championship in 2017, took two podiums and fifth place in the points with the team last year in his rookie season of car racing. His performance in the shootout test has enabled him to retain his place in the squad for a second season.

Bordas meanwhile gained from the decision of overall test winner and Praga-linked karter Daniel Macia to focus on winning the Spanish and World shifter kart championships, in addition to a European campaign, rather than take up a F4 seat. Macia hasn’t thrown a single-seater opportunity away though, as Praga has reserved a space in its 2021 F4 line-up for the talented Spaniard.

Like Macia, Bordas also comes from shifter karts and was seventh in the IAME International Final for X30 karts last year. Both drivers also started a test programme in F4 cars with Praga last December, preparing them for the shootout test.

While there have been no cancellations so far, it is understood that at least one Spanish F4 round this year is under threat due to the spread of Wuhan novel coronavirus.