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Van’t Hoff claims hard-fought win in tricky final Jerez race

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Spanish F4

Dilano van’t Hoff took the victory in Spanish Formula 4 race three at Jerez, despite dropping places by running off track early on.

The MP Motorsport driver recovered quickly from his mistake, which moved him down to third, and he ended up claiming his ninth win of the season.

Formula de Campeones’ Quique Bordas and Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti completed the podium in second and third respectively.

Rain made an appearance at the Andalusian circuit between race two and three, which meant drivers had to start with grooved tyres as the track was still wet.

Poleman van’t Hoff had a slow start, a reccuring feature of his season, and that allowed Bordas, who had had a very good getaway from third, to attack him.

Issues in the first corner made Formula de Campeones’ Daniel Macia drop to the back, while MP’s Rik Koen carved his way through from 11th on the grid to sixth.

The track was very slippery, and that played out against van’t Hoff. The race leader ran wide in the chicane, going into the gravel trap. Luckily for him, he was able to rejoin the track quickly, losing just two places.

The outcome was different in Miron Pingasov’s case. The Russian ran off at the same place, but he got beached and the safety car was then deployed.

Racing resumed with eight minutes plus one lap to go, and battles started to take place throughout the whole field.

As a consequence, there were some spins as well as some cars running wide, but no more safety car interruptions were needed.

Van’t Hoff had already overtaken Marti moments before the safety car came out, and he was determined regain the lead. He pressured Bordas until he was able to pass him around the outside of turn three with three minutes to go.

Behind them, there was also an intense battle for fourth place between Koen, Suleiman Zanfari and Manuel Espirito Santo.

It would be Zanfari who came on top of the three after passing Koen on the last lap.

Race results (13 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 28m33.048s
2 Quique Bordas Formula de Campeones +2.682s
3 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +3.508s
4 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +8.853s
5 Rik Koen MP Motorsport +8.963s
6 Manuel Esperito Santo MP Motorsport +9.699s
7 Sebastian Ogaard Campos Racing +11.188s
8 Noah Degnbol MP Motorsport +11.620s
9 Guilherme Oliveira Drivex School +12.380s
10 Gil Molina MP Motorsport +13.051s
11 Georg Kelstrup MP Motorsport +14.019s
12 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +16.866s
13 Filip Jenic Teo Martin Motorsport +19.589s
14 Alex Partyshev Campos Racing +21.320s
15 Alex Garcia Campos Racing +22.974s
16 Branden Lee Oxley Drivex School +23.251s
17 Noam Abramczyck Drivex School +29.749s
18 Lukas Malek Drivex School +42.798s
19 Daniel Macia Formula de Campeones +43.568s
20 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport +44.486s
Ret Vladislav Ryabov GRS
Ret Lola Lovinfosse Drivex School
Ret Jorge Campos Teo Martin Motorsport
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: van’t Hoff, 1m57.059s

Championship standings
van’t Hoff 336   Ogaard 196   3 Marti 161   4 Bordas 148   5 Macia 130   6 Koen 97   7 Ryabov 85   8 Arkhangelskiy 64   9 Degnbol 64   10 Kelstrup 62