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Tsolov dominates again at Jerez to take over Spanish F4 lead

by Peter Allen

Photo: Spanish F4

Nikola Tsolov dominated again in the third and final Spanish Formula 4 race of the weekend at Jerez as he moved into the championship lead.

The Alpine Academy affiliate and protege of Fernando Alonso once more retained the lead on the opening lap which, unlike in the previous two races, ran without the need for the safety car.

There were still significant incidents however, with Christian Ho spun around by contact with MP Motorsport team-mate Kirill Smal as they fought at the back end of the top 10 while erstwhile championship leader Tymoteusz Kucharczyk – who started down in 11th – had to pit for a new front wing.

Tsolov started on older tyres than his Campos Racing team-mates, and this helped Georg Kelstrup to stay within a second of him in the first few laps. But Tsolov pulled away quickly in the second half of the race, and was six seconds clear when the race was red-flagged at the very end after Max Arkhangelskiy crashed heavily into the tyre barrier.

Hugh Barter completed an all-Campos podium in third, with Suleiman Zanfari fourth for MP Motorsport and Gael Julien taking fifth for Drivex.

Two more Campos drivers were next, Charlie Wurz ahead of Filip Jenic, with Smal surviving his clash with Ho to finish eighth.

Valerio Rinicella stalled at the start from fifth on the grid and finished 16th.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing 14 laps
2 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +6.269s
3 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +7.800s
4 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +10.171s
5 Gael Julien Drivex School +11.742s
6 Charlie Wurz Campos Racing +13.177s
7 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +13.891s
8 Kirill Smal MP Motorsport +15.101s
9 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +19.090s
10 Robert De Haan Monlau Motorsport +23.337s
11 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones +23.368s
12 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +24.001s
13 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +24.291s
14 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +29.153s
15 Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport +29.606s
16 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +31.610s
17 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +34.845s
18 Ricardo Gracia GRS +35.853s
19 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport +36.308s
20 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +37.018s
21 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport +37.109s
22 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport +37.741s
23 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport +42.677s
24 Tymoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport +48.435s
25 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +1m06.099s
26 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Manuel Espirito Santo Teo Martin Motorsport
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 1m43.936s

Championship standings
1 Tsolov 96   2 Kucharczyk 79   3 Barter 65   4 Inthraphuvasak 52   5 Kelstrup 44   6 Zanfari 38   7 Jenic 34   8 Rinicella 29   9 Wurz 25   10 Smal 22