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Valerio Rinicella wins Spanish F4 race one at Valencia

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Spanish F4

MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella claimed the victory in a quiet first Spanish F4 race of the weekend at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo to keep his championship hopes alive.

Campos Racing’s Christian Ho and Sainteloc Racing’s Theophile Nael completed the podium in second and third place respectively. The pair put pressure on Rinicella for most of the race, but the Italian held on well to take his second win of the season.

Rinicella had a better launch than polesitter Ho, and tried to take the lead going into turn one, but the Campos driver held on. Although, he didn’t do so for long, as the Italian went into his inside and claimed first place at turn two.

Meanwhile, championship leader Nael moved up from fifth, where he started due to a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision in practice, to third position. Campos’ Matteo de Palo dropped from third to seventh place instead.

The safety car was deployed before the end of the first lap to recover the car of Pablo Sarrazin from the gravel trap of turn one, after he was hit by Drivex’s Joao Diaz under braking. Then GRS Team’s Isaac Barashi ran into the back of Cram Motorsport’s Fillipo Fiorentino at the main straight under safety car conditions as the first lap was completed.

The race resumed with 20 minutes remaining on the clock, with Rodin Carlin’s Alex Ninovic using momentum out of the last corner to overtake de Palo into turn one. However, de Palo quickly reclaimed the place at turn two.

Rinicella, Ho and Nael soon broke away at the front, opening an over two-second gap to Monlau’s Ricardo Gracia in just three laps. The three stayed within half-a-second of each other for several laps, but there were no real chances of overtaking.

The race progressed with little action between drivers in the top 10. A mistake from MP’s Keanu Al Azhari resulted in him dropping out of the top 10 down to 13th. GRS’ Daniel Macia inherited then 10th position, having previously Carlin’s Noah Lisle.

Tecnicar Motorsport’s Lorenzo Castillo lost control of his car at the exit of turn with 10 minutes to go, and ended up beached in the inside gravel trap between corner one and two. Race direction decided the car was at a safe place though, and the safety car was not called into the track.

In the closing stages of the race, several drivers received two-second time penalties for repeatedly exceeding track limits, penalties which were increased to five-seconds for those who kept going off-the-track.

Race result (18 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 31m57.230s
2 Christian Ho Campos Racing +1.335s
3 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing +2.261s
4 Ricardo Gracia Monlau Motorsport +6.872s
5 Enzo Deligny Campos Racing +8.070s
6 Andres Cardenas Campos Racing +8.659s
7 Matteo De Palo Campos Racing +9.310s
8 Alex Ninovic Carlin +10.227s
9 Alexander Abkhazava Drivex School +13.542s
10 Noah Lisle Carlin +13.899s
11 Reno Francot MP Motorsport +19.004s
12 Daniel Macia GRS +19.116s
13 Keanu Al Azhari MP Motorsport +19.646s
16 Hiyu Yamakoshi Tecnicar Motorsport +21.729s
17 Fernando Barrichello Monlau Motorsport +23.375s
18 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing +23.804s
14 Lin Hodenius Monlau Motorsport +27.423s
15 Jesse Carrasquedo Campos Racing +27.152s
25 Alvise Rodella MP Motorsport +30.337s
19 Noah Stromsted Campos Racing +31.296s
26 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing +31.778s
20 Pedro Clerot MP Motorsport +32.065s
21 Eric Gene Tecnicar Motorsport +32.972s
22 Flavio Olivieri Cram Motorsport +33.716s
27 Juan Cota Drivex School +33.864s
23 Griffin Peebles Tecnicar Motorsport +35.018s
24 Federico Al Rifai Carlin +36.414s
29 Maxi Restrepo Drivex School +36.623s
28 Kai Daryanani Cram Motorsport +38.204s
30 Gabriel Stilp GRS +48.993s
Ret Lorenzo Castillo Tecnicar Motorsport
Ret Joao Diaz Drivex School
Ret Isaac Barashi GRS
Ret Filippo Fiorentino Cram Motorsport
Ret Pablo Sarrazin Monlau Motorsport
Fastest lap: Rinicella, 1m33.053s

Championship standings
 Nael 257   2 Deligny 191   3 Rinicella 190   4 Ho 187   5 Clerot 140   De Palo 115   Stromsted 103   8 Cardenas 95   9 Al Azhari 83   10 Lisle 41