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Romain Andriolo wins in French F4 after Giltaire gets penalty

by Ida Wood

Photo: KSP Reportages

Romain Andriolo took a second career victory in French Formula 4 in the third race of the weekend at Many-Cours after on-the-road winner Evan Giltaire was penalised.

Giltaire started on pole but instantly lost the lead to Enzo Peugeot. He tried reclaiming the lead at turn one but there was not enough room, then Andriolo in third put him under pressure at turn five.

Late in the lap Edgar Pierre was hit off, and the safety car led the field through lap two. Peugeot was still warming up his tyres after racing resumed, but he did not have to worry about coming under threat as the safety car was summoned again almost instantly as Edouard Borgna went off-track with a damaged front-left wheel just before the restart occurred.

Garrett Berry also retired in the pits, and the field spent laps three and four behind the safety car before another restart.

The top two broke away, and Kevin Foster overtook Hiyu Yamakoshi for fourth at turn five. Turn 15, the corner before the final chicane, became Giltaire’s favoured place to attack Peugeot and he twice almost got alongside in the next laps while the pair built a gap of almost five seconds to the fight for third.

On lap nine of 12 there was drama as Peugeot had a loose moment through the long turn nine left-hander, but retained the lead, and Yaroslav Veselaho was hit off by Adrei Duna which sent both into the barriers.

They were far enough away from the track itself for only double yellow flags to be required during the recovery operation, but it did mean no overtaking could take place in the middle of the lap.

On the penultimate lap Giltaire went down the inside of Peugeot at turn five and took the lead, before they came across the yellow flags. Peugeot returned the favour on the last lap, reclaiming first place despite a lock-up into the corner which compromised both, and after the yellow flags there was only two corners Giltaire had a chance at.

He locked up his front-right wheel as he took a tight turn-in for turn 15 and it worked, bringing him right onto Peugeot’s rear. Except as he accelerated out of the corner he spun Peugeot around, and copped a drive-through penalty that was converted into a 30s post-race penalty.

It dropped points leader Giltaire from victory to 18th, with Andriolo inheriting victory as Peugeot recovered from the spin to cross the line in sixth – and be classified fifth.

Race result (12 laps)
Pos Driver Time
1 Romain Andriolo 23m21.659s
2 Kevin Foster +0.684s
3 Hiyu Yamakoshi +1.791s
4 Enzo Richer +4.147s
5 Enzo Peugeot +4.450s
6 Max Reis +9.215s
7 Yani Stevenheydens +10.824s
8 Finn Wiebelhaus +11.158s
9 Pol Lopez +12.663s
10 Adrien Closmenil +13.115s
11 Leonaro Megna +15.087s
12 Paul Alberto +16.631s
13 Frank Porte Ruiz +17.003s
14 Jason Leung +17.521s
15 Tom Kalender +17.838s
16 Gabriel Doyle-Parfait +18.193s
17 Karel Schulz +27.822s
18 Evan Giltaire +28.448s
19 Louis Schlesser +28.456s
20 Luca Savu +34.193s
21 Joao Paulo Diaz Balesteiro +34.345s
Ret Andrei Duna
Ret Yaroslav Veselaho
Ret Garrett Berry
Ret Edouard Borgna
Ret Edgar Pierre
Fastest lap: Peugeot, 1m40.767s

Championship standings
1 Giltaire 92   2 Foster 79   3 Andriolo 74   4 Peugeot 67   5 Lopez 44   6 Yamakoshi 42   7 Richer 38   8 Stevenheydens 23   9 Megna 19   10 Closmenil 17