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Spanish F4 makes first Belgium visit in snow-hit Spa test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

Spanish Formula 4 prepared for its Spa-Francorchamps season opener with a two-day pre-season test at the Belgian circuit.

The test began on Wednesday with snow and 2°C air temperatures, and several loud old GP3 cars being run by Campos Racing and Jenzer Motorsport.

Jenzer’s Francesco Braschi ended up setting the F4 pace with a 2m55.433s lap, just pipping MP Motorsport’s Dilano Van’t Hoff between several red flag interruptions.

It got warmer for the five-hour afternoon session, which began with GRS and MP being issued a formal reminder to stay masked. Braschi was fastest in the opening hour by over a second from team-mate Santiago Ramos, who surpassed him with a 2m44.881s lap before the first red flag.

After the second red flag, caused by Campos’s Pepe Marti, Praga F4’s Daniel Macia went fastest with a 2m44.039s. He improved by another second but was shuffled down the order as Campos’s Sebastian Ogaard brought the pace into the 2m40s.

Ramos then wiped five seconds from that as the track got grippier in the final hour, as several of the GP3 drivers caused red flags. Braschi caused the final stoppage of the day, but only after setting the day’s fastest lap: a 2m33.782s.

BWR Motorsports and Teo Martin Motorsport chose not to take to track, and MP also had a unused car for Russian karter Miron Pingasov.

It was drier on Thursday, but still chilly, and Macia was the early pacesetter. Again there were several red flags, and Ramos ended the morning on top with a 2m24.486s lap that was 0.142s up on Macia and 0.230s up on Praga’s Bordas.

Braschi started off as fastest in the afternoon, almost immediately beating his morning best within half an hour. Ramos then broke into the 2m24s, before Macia stunned with a 2m23.895s lap that went unbeaten for the remaining three hours.

Bordas completed a Praga one-two, with Braschi and Ramos a closely matched third and fourth.

Marti relied on his morning time to go fifth overall, while the debuting Pinnacle Motorsport was the only team to improve late on as Alex Dunne rose to eighth – just ahead of MP’s Manuel Espirito Santo, who caused the final red flag.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Macia Praga F4 2m23.895s 130
2 Quique Bordas Praga F4 2m24.023s +0.128s 137
3 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 2m24.394s +0.499s 134
4 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 2m24.441s +0.546s 151
5 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 2m24.718s +0.823s 139
6 Sebastian Ogaard Campos Racing 2m24.853s +0.958s 138
7 Georg Kelstrup MP Motorsport 2m24.932s +1.037s 107
8 Alex Dunne Pinnacle Motorsport 2m25.119s +1.224s 113
9 Manuel Espirito Santo MP Motorsport 2m25.282s +1.387s 105
10 Vladislav Ryabov Global Racing Service 2m25.363s +1.468s 103
11 Noah Degnbol MP Motorsport 2m25.532s +1.637s 106
12 Dilano Van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 2m25.585s +1.690s 102
13 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport 2m25.706s +1.811s 103
14 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 2m25.724s +1.829s 133
15 Gil Molina MP Motorsport 2m25.778s +1.883s 108
16 Alex Garcia Campos Racing 2m26.235s +2.340s 102
17 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 2m26.336s +2.441s 138
18 Alex Partyshev Campos Racing 2m27.739s +3.844s 133
19 driver unknown Global Racing Service 2m27.959s +4.064s 92
20 Jesse Garrasquedo Campos Racing 2m27.973s +4.078s 153
21 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport 2m30.730s +6.835s 107