Championship leader Dilano van’t Hoff was fastest in Spanish Formula 4’s two-day in-season test at Jerez this week.
The Dutchman’s MP Motorsport team-mates initially set the pace, as Suleiman Zanfari started Wednesday as the quickest.
He set a 1m44.973s lap that put him 0.079 seconds up on team-mate Rik Koen, with Drivex’s Branden Lee Oxley and Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov also bettering van’t Hoff.
The pace improved considerably in the day’s second session, and Formula de Campeones’ Daniel Macia went fastest with a 1m43.664s.
Koen was the only other driver to lap sub-1m44s, and this time van’t Hoff was fifth behind Ryabov and Macia’s team-mate Quique Bordas. After missing the opening session, Drivex’s Lola Lovinfosse joined the action.
Manuel Esperito Santo was the next MP driver to go sub-1m44s by topping session three, finishing the first afternoon session 0.015s up on Koen. Lovinfosse sat out this session, and team-mate Noam Abramczyk stepped in.
Macia’s benchmark stood through session four, but van’t Hoff and Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti slotted themselves into fourth and fifth overall by breaking the 1m44s barrier. Koen ended the day sixth, ahead of Max Arkhangelskiy (Drivex).
Van’t Hoff shot to the top at the start of Thursday, and was one of three drivers to break into the 1m42s in session one which was ended early. All but Lovinfosse didn’t improve on their previous best, while this time Oxley sat out.
The 1m42.584s lap of van’t Hoff stood as best of the test, with Esperito Santo, Drivex’s Guilherme Oliveira and Arkhangelskiy topping the remaining sessions but not getting near it.
Esperito Santo and Lovinfosse did improve, but the order was already set. More red flags interrupted the day, and Drivex’s drivers were absent again, along with Macia, Bordas and Noah Degnbol in the final session.
The extra drivers included F4 drivers in Prema’s Charlie Wurz (driving for Campos), and BVM Racing’s Eron Rexhepi (with Formula de Campeones) as well as karters.
The returning MOL Racing team ran Italians Niko Lacorte and Alfio Spina, the 2021 Italian Karting champion, Slovakia’s Lucas Malekwas – 26th in this year’s CIK-FIA European Karting Championship – was with Drivex and factory Parolin river Valerio Rinicella tested with Regium Motorsport. Rinicella is part of the Top Gun by Pro Racing project launched by Giancarlo Fisichella.
|1||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||1m42.584s||122|
|2||Max Arkhangelskiy||Drivex School||1m42.855s||+0.270s||121|
|3||Rik Koen||MP Motorsport||1m42.882s||+0.297s||108|
|4||Manuel Espirito Santo||MP Motorsport||1m43.036s||+0.452s||122|
|5||Suleiman Zanfari||MP Motorsport||1m43.081s||+0.496s||125|
|6||Noah Degnbol||MP Motorsport||1m43.099s||+0.514s||101|
|7||Daniel Macia||Formula de Campeones||1m43.192s||+0.608s||113|
|8||Charlie Wurz||Campos Racing||1m43.213s||+0.628s||107|
|9||Georg Kelstrup||MP Motorsport||1m43.213s||+0.628s||123|
|10||Sebastian Ogaard||Campos Racing||1m43.233s||+0.648s||98|
|11||Vladislav Ryabov||Global Racing Service||1m43.322s||+0.737s||141|
|12||Guilherme Oliveira||Drivex School||1m43.335s||+0.750s||109|
|13||Niko Lacorte||MOL Racing||1m43.417s||+0.832s||133|
|14||Pepe Marti||Campos Racing||1m43.531s||+0.946s||124|
|15||Quique Bordas||Formula de Campeones||1m43.537s||+0.952s||117|
|16||Gil Molina||MP Motorsport||1m43.573s||+0.988s||130|
|17||Oliver Michl||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m43.618s||+1.033s||105|
|18||Jorge Campos||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m43.730s||+1.145s||103|
|19||Lukas Malek||Drivex School||1m43.978s||+1.393s||130|
|20||Alex Partyshev||Campos Racing||1m44.018s||+1.433s||111|
|21||Miron Pingasov||MP Motorsport||1m44.104s||+1.519s||118|
|22||Noam Abramczyk||Drivex School||1m44.277s||+1.692s||57|
|23||Branden Lee Oxley||Drivex School||1m44.356s||+1.772s||76|
|24||Emely de Heus||MP Motorsport||1m44.481s||+1.896s||137|
|25||Eron Rexhepi||Formula de Campeones||1m44.544s||+1.959s||128|
|26||Valerio Rinicella||Regium Motorsport||1m44.757s||+2.172s||140|
|27||Alfio Spina||MOL Racing||1m45.292s||+2.708s||134|
|28||Lola Lovinfosse||Drivex School||1m45.756s||+3.172s||102|