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Ren Sato wins reversed grid French F4 race at Spa-Francorchamps

by Ida Wood

Photo: Elliot Wood

Ren Sato won the reversed grid French Formula 4 race at Spa-Francorchamps in a Honda junior one-two.

Ivan Peklin started the race from pole ahead of World Karting champion Marijn Kremers, but both drivers were at the back of the field by the end of the opening lap and Kremers actually took to the pits to retire.

Rafael Villagomez emerged in the lead ahead of Sato and Loris Cabirou, before the safety car was summoned after Isack Hadjar’s race ended on the opening lap.

On the restart there was little Villagomez could do to hold off Sato, and the reigning Japanese F4 champion passed him as they went down the pit straight at the end of the restart lap.

From there he just pulled away, as fellow Honda junior Ayumu Iwasa worked his way up the order (starting further back having won race one) to challenge Villagomez for second place.

He made his move with three laps to go, with Villagomez then losing further spots and ending up finishing fifth as the two Honda juniors raced away to continue their domination of this season.

Sami Meguetounif ended up finishing third after Romain Leroux recieved a 10-second penalty, with Cabirou coming home in fourth.

Valentino Catalano and Noah Andy were also classified ahead of Leroux, who finished eighth ahead of Peklin.

Race results (9 laps)
Pos Driver Time
1 Ren Sato 24m48.186s
2 Ayumu Iwasa +1.017s
3 Sami Meguetounif +7.301s
4 Loris Cabirou +7.674s
5 Rafael Villagomez +8.250s
6 Valentino Catalano +9.040s
7 Noah Andy +10.772s
8 Romain Leroux +12.902s
9 Ivan Peklin +13.468s
10 Daniel Ligier +14.526s
11 Lev Lomko +19.264s
12 Owen Tangavelou +36.771s
Ret Marijn Kremers
Ret Isack Hadjar
Fastest lap: Iwasa, 2m26.741s

Championship standings
Iwasa 253   2 Sato 206   3 Hadjar 136   4 Meguetounif 107   5 Catalano 105   6 Villagomez 96   7 Kremers 85   8 Leroux 78   9 Cabirou 67   10 Peklin 51