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Spanish karter Bruno Del Pino stars at Barcelona in F4 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Tony Kart

Bruno Del Pino edged Hugh Barter to the top of the times in post-season Spanish Formula 4 testing at Barcelona.

There were 19 drivers who turned up to the two-day test, which included a new team as Monlau Technical School ran several of Van Amersfoort Racing’s first-generation cars as the series adopts a new chassis for 2022.

British F4 race-winner Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak was the fastest driver at the start of the test on Tuesday, which took place in soaking wet conditions. He was 1.9 seconds faster than Rik Koen in second place, with both driving for MP Motorsport.

Laptimes were three seconds faster in the second session, headed by diabetic karter Maximus Mayer. The Spaniard came fifth in the International IAME Games in X30 Senior karts this year, and was testing with Formula de Campeones.

MP’s drivers brought the pace down by another five seconds in the first afternoon session, with Hugh Barter edging Sauber junior Christian Ho.

The track had fully dried by the final session, with MP’s Rik Koen setting the end-of-day pace. His 2021 team-mate Georg Kelstrup joined Campos Racing for the test and was second fastest, with Danish F4 star Noah Stromsted a tenth further back.

Koen started Wednesday’s action by going even faster, setting a 1m47.567s, with Inthraphuvasak, Georgi Dimitrov, Ho and Robert De Haan all breaking the 1m48s barrier.

Jorge Campos, driving for Campos, was on top for a while during the session, with Dimitrov also sitting in first place before Koen went quickest. Kelstrup and Monlau’s Jef Machiels – a Belgian karter – were absent.

Koen’s lap stood as the fastest of the test until the very end of the final session, where on a gripped up track most drivers improved. Del Pino, who also topped the second morning session, bettered Barter by 0.076s.

Koen was quickest in the first afternoon session, and his morning best put him third overall in the test.

De Haan was fourth for Monlau, which is understood to have shown an interest in joining Spanish F4. The team currently races touring cars and motorcycles. It also ran Jules Castro at Barcelona, with the Spaniard having previously tested with VAR.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Bruno Del Pino Drivex School 1m47.414s 131
2 Hugh Barter MP Motorsport 1m47.490s +0.076s 116
3 Rik Koen MP Motorsport 1m47.567s +0.153s 98
4 Robert de Haan Monlau 1m47.598s +0.184s 130
5 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr Campos Racing 1m47.650s +0.236s 132
6 Christian Ho MP Motorsport 1m47.669s +0.255s 128
7 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport 1m47.745s +0.331s 126
8 Jorge Campos Campos Racing 1m47.773s +0.359s 114
9 Georgi Dimitrov Drivex School 1m47.899s +0.485s 134
10 Ricardo Escotto Global Racing Service 1m47.937s +0.523s 128
11 Noah Stromsted Campos Racing 1m48.039s +0.625s 119
12 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing 1m48.301s +0.887s 58
13 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones 1m48.406s +0.992s 133
14 Maximus Mayer Formula de Campeones 1m48.429s +1.015s 134
15 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport 1m48.806s +1.392s 122
16 Jules Castro Monlau 1m48.946s +1.532s 123
17 Daniel Briz Formula de Campeones 1m49.131s +1.717s 126
18 Pol Lopez Drivex School 1m53.639s +6.225s 124
19 Jef Machiels Monlau 2m26.256s +38.842s 15