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Tsolov leads lights-to-flag at Valencia for fourth Spanish F4 win

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

Nikola Tsolov extended his Spanish Formula 4 points lead with a lights-to-flag win in the opening race of the weekend at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The Bulgarian had Gael Julien to contend with going into the first corner, but after that was unchallenged through the 15-lap race.

Julien didn’t let Tsolov break away at first, but once the gap had grown to three seconds with a few laps to go he started taking more risks and after exceeding track limits a few times he was handed a two-second penalty.

It meant he finished fourth rather than second, just behind Campos’s new signing Manuel Espirito Santo and MP Motorsport’s Timoteusz Kucharczyk.

Filip Jenic finished fifth, while Suleiman Zanfari held off the advances of MP Motorsports team-mate Kirill Smal for sixth.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (MP) and Robert de Haan (Monlau Motorsport) finished eighth and ninth, gapping themselves from a big battle for 10th.

At one point there were seven cars in a row all aiming for the final points place, with Hugh Barter briefly in 10th after climbing up from 16th place following an opening lap clash with Campos Racing team-mate Georg Kelstrup that put the latter out of the race.

Barter than spun however, and got a 2s track limits penalty, but many of the other contenders for 10th also were penalised. MP duo Valerio Rinicella and Sebastian Gravlund came 10th and 11th despite 2s penalties, Cram Motorsport’s Ricardo Escotto dropped from 12th to 17th with a 2s and a five-second penalty while team-mate Anshul Gandhi went from 13th to 19th with the same added time, Max Arkhangelskiy was demoted from 14th to 15th with a 2s penalty, while Drivex School team-mate Bruno del Pino jumped from 15th to 12th ahead of Monlau’s Jef Machiels and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Daniel Nogales.

Christian Ho was moved above four of the 11 penalised drivers to finish 16th, while Barter’s spin sent him down to 24th and he only made it back up to 22nd before his penalty was applied – which meant he actually finished 18th.

Mid-race there was a safety car period as Formula de Campeones’ Alvaro Garcia stopped on track with damage.

Race result (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing 26m02.599s
2 Manuel Espirito Santo Campos +5.077s
3 Timoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport +5.659s
4 Gael Julien Drivex School +5.876s
5 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +6.653s
6 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsports +9.275s
7 Kirill Smal MP Motorsports +9.822s
8 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +10.426s
9 Robert de Haan Monlau Motorsport +11.572s
10 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +16.843s
11 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsports +17.329s
12 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +19.232s
13 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport +19.941s
14 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport +20.676s
15 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +20.851s
16 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +22.198s
17 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +24.360s
18 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +24.746s
19 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport +24.911s
20 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +25.082s
21 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +28.121s
22 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport +28.630s
23 Ricardo Gracia GRS +29.585s
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsports
Ret Daniel Macia Teo Martin Motorsport
Ret Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones
Ret Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 1m34.970s

Championship standings
1 Tsolov 123   2 Kucharczyk 94   3 Barter 65   4 Inthraphuvasak 56   5 Zanfari 48   6 Jenic 46   7 Kelstrup 44   8 Rinicella 30   9 Smal 28   10 Julien 26