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Van’t Hoff returns to top step of Spanish F4 podium at Algarve

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Spanish F4

Dilano Van’t Hoff took a lights-to-flag win in Spanish Formula 4’s last race of the weekend at Algarve, increasing his championship lead.

Only Praga F4’s Daniel Macia was able to stay within one second of the MP Motorsport ace in the early stages of the race.

The Spanish driver, who made up three places in the start, began to lose ground as the race went on, but his pace was good enough to comfortably finish second behind van’t Hoff.

There was a lot of action in the fight for the last podium place.

Van’t Hoff’s MP Motorsport team-mate Rik Koen came out on top after a close battle with Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov.

The Russian passed the Dutch on the pit straight going into the last lap, but Koen was able to gain the place back a few corners later.

This battle allowed race one and two winner Sebastian Ogaard and Drivex School’s Max Arkhangelskiy to close up, but it wasn’t enough for them to attempt an overtake. The pair finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Ogaard had started the race from fourth, but dropped to fifth in the opening lap. After that, he moved to fourth, and even put some pressure on Koen for third place. However, he dropped back again after some laps.

Quique Bordas and Noah Degnbol also had an intense battle for sixth in the first half of the race. The fight ended with both drivers dropping down the order. Degnbol was eventually able to fight back to eighth, whereas Bordas lost more places.

Campos’s Pepe Marti, who lined up in the front row, stalled on the grid. However, he managed to get the car running, and was able to complete the race, crossing the finish line in 13th on the road. He moved up a spot, and Bordas gained a point in 10th, after Drivex’s Branden Lee Oxley up ahead of them was penalised five seconds.

Race results (15 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport 26m48.131s
2 Daniel Macia Praga F4 +4.343s
3 Rik Koen MP Motorsport +8.833s
4 Vladislav Ryabov Global Racing Service +8.986s
5 Sebastian Ogaard Campos Racing +9.129s
6 Max Arkhangelisky Drivex School +9.478s
7 Noam Abramczyck Drivex School +14.561s
8 Noah Degnbol MP Motorsport +14.904s
9 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +18.665s
10 Quique Bordas Praga F4 +18.768s
11 Georg Kelstrup MP Motorsport +18.989s
12 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +19.051s
13 Lola Lovinfosse Drivex School +22.972s
14 Branden Lee Oxley Drivex School +22.987s
15 Filip Jenic Teo Martin Motorsport +27.133s
16 Gil Molina MP Motorsport +27.621s
17 Jorge Campos Teo Martin Motorsport +30.183s
18 Oliver Michl Teo Martin Motorsport +30.491s
19 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport +36.123s
Ret Alex Partyshev Campos Racing
Ret Alex Garcia Campos Racing
Ret Manuel Esperito Santo MP Motorsport
Ret Alex Dunne Pinnacle Motorsport
Fastest lap: Marti, 1m46.165s

Championship standings
1 van’t Hoff 175   2 Ogaard 94   3 Macia 87   4 Bordas 78   5 Degnbol 57   6 Kelstrup 46   7 Marti 45   8 Koen 38   9 Arkhangelisky 32   10 Santiago Ramos 31