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Sorensen inherits race two win as Atoev and Defourny collide

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Auto Sport Academy

Photo: Auto Sport Academy

Danish racer Lasse Sorensen picked up his second victory of the French F4 weekend at Nogaro, further increasing his lead in the championship.

A late overtake on Felix Hirsiger allowed Sorensen to take P2 on the road and the Dane would then inherit victory when initial winner Vladimir Atoev landed a time penalty.

The start of the race saw reverse-grid polesitter Max Defourny keep the lead into turn one and beyond. Chamionship frontrunner Joseph Mawson initially stayed second, but then went off early on, giving the place to Atoev.

The Russian remained right behind Defourny for most of the race and attempted an overtake on the Belgian with three laps to go. The pair ended up making contact and, while Atoev carried on, Defourny’s race was over.

Atoev went on to take the checkered flag, but was appropriately muted in his post-race celebrations and then expectedly found himself on the receiving end of a 30-second time penalty, which relegated him to 19th.

So it was Sorensen who took the victory, having charged through from tenth on the grid. His nearest championship rival Hirsiger wound up second, while Valentin Hasse-Clot completed the top three.

Lotus junior Dorian Boccolacci was fourth, ahead of Valentin Moineault and Patricio O’Ward. Niclas Nylund repeated his best result of the season thus far in seventh, leading Bryan Elpitiya, Reuben Kressner and Paul Hokfelt.

Race results
Pos. Name Time/Gap
1 Lasse Sorensen 14 laps in 21:42.396
2 Felix Hirsiger +1.631
3 Valentin Hasse-Clot +2.775
4 Dorian Boccolacci +3.569
5 Valentin Moineault +5.058
6 Patricio O’Ward +9.034
7 Niclas Nylund +10.958
8 Bryan Elpitiya +11.373
9 Reuben Kressner +11.970
10 Paul Hokfelt +12.387
11 David Droux +12.528
12 Simo Laaksonen +12.927
13 Denis Bulatov +12.940
14 Erwan Jule +18.490
15 Axel Matus +19.067
16 Joseph Mawson +19.271
17 Tom Soubiron +22.207
18 Hugo Sugnot-Darniche +22.479
19 Vladimir Atoev +28.336*
20 Anouck Abadie +1:00.455
21 Max Defourny +3 laps
22 Gjergj Haxhiu +4 laps
Not classified
Amaury Richard +5 laps
Joao Carvalho +5 laps

* – 30-second penalty