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VAR’s new Euro 4 signing Pablo Sarrazin tops day two of Paul Ricard test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Monlau Competicion

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pablo Sarrazin was fastest on the second day of testing for Italian Formula 4 teams at Paul Ricard.

KCMG junior Sarrazin topped the first and last sessions of Tuesday, with his 2m04.980s set early in the morning standing as the fastest lap of the day. The Frenchman is joining VAR for the new Euro 4 series which starts at Mugello this weekend.

In total, 26 of the 36 drivers set their fastest lap in the day’s first session, with PHM Racing’s Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi improving in session two while nine drivers unlocked more pace in the day’s fourth and final session.

Sarrazin’s advantage in the day’s opening session was a slim 0.183 seconds, with PHM Racing’s James Egozi going second fastest and with both off the pace of the previous day.

VAR’s Ivan Domingues was 0.264s behind in third, and in total there were 18 drivers who got within a second of Sarrazin’s benchmark.

The pace was slower in session two, with US Racing’s Akshay Bohra pipping Egozi to top spot by 0.034s. This time the top 23 were split by less than a second, with 1.617s covering the top 30.

Bhirombhakdi was third fastest, and Griffin Peebles was fourth for Jenzer Motorsport. Peebles told Formula Scout that he will join Jenzer’s line-up for the Italian F4 round at Paul Ricard later this month, having raced in the series for AKM Motorsport earlier this year.

Laptimes got even slower in the afternoon in session three, which the driver of AKM’s #87 car topped with a 2m05.937s lap. That put him 0.337s ahead of Jenzer’s day one pacesetter Ethan Ischer, with US’s Kacper Sztuka 0.428s behind in third.

It was still a close field overall, with Peebles in 16th only 0.990s off the pace and 1.936s covering the top 26.

Sarrazin returned to the top in session four by setting a 2m04.989s, being the only driver all day to lap sub-2m05s. Domingues moved into third overall by lapping 0.222s slower than Sarrazin, and Egozi was third fastest in the session.

Brando Badoer, the driver of the #87 and Tina Hausmann were in the session’s top 10 and improved their pace, as did five other drivers including VAR’s new Euro 4 signing Lund.

Day two results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pablo Sarrazin Van Amersfoort Racing 2m04.980s 78
2 James Egozi PHM Racing 2m05.163s +0.183s 74
3 Ivan Domingues Van Amersfoort Racing 2m05.211s +0.231s 81
4 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 2m05.249s +0.269s 75
5 Kacper Sztuka US Racing 2m05.400s +0.420s 65
6 Akshay Bohra US Racing 2m05.445s +0.465s 63
7 Raphael Narac R-ace GP 2m05.517s +0.537s 78
8 Zachary David US Racing 2m05.590s +0.610s 62
9 Matteo Quintarelli R-ace GP 2m05.662s +0.682s 69
10 Jack Beeton Van Amersfoort Racing 2m05.687s +0.707s 64
11 Alfio Spina BVM Racing 2m05.794s +0.814s 72
12 Ariel Elkin Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.819s +0.839s 71
13 #87 AKM Motorsport 2m05.820s +0.840s 62
14 Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema 2m05.834s +0.854s 35
15 Tina Hausmann AKM Motorsport 2m05.838s +0.858s 46
16 Alvise Rodella Maffi Racing 2m05.861s +0.881s 72
17 Ruiqi Liu US Racing 2m05.882s +0.902s 44
18 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi PHM Racing 2m05.898s +0.918s 71
19 Griffin Peebles Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.924s +0.944s 67
20 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 2m05.936s +0.956s 73
21 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing 2m06.043s +1.063s 61
22 Frederik Lund Van Amersfoort Racing 2m06.090s +1.110s 73
23 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.138s +1.158s 74
24 Victoria Blokhina PHM Racing 2m06.173s +1.193s 55
25 Niko Lacorte Prema 2m06.247s +1.267s 34
26 Kim Hwarang Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.248s +1.268s 67
27 Aurelia Nobels Prema 2m06.288s +1.308s 10
28 Kabir Anurag R-ace GP 2m06.406s +1.426s 76
29 #25 JMS Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.468s +1.488s 67
30 Ismail Akhmed Van Amersfoort Racing 2m06.703s +1.723s 75
31 Diego de la Torre AKM Motorsport 2m06.890s +1.910s 77
32 Davide Larini AKM Motorsport 2m06.973s +1.993s 78
33 Giacomo Pedrini Newman Motorsport 2m07.058s +2.078s 71
34 #3 VII team unknown 2m07.236s +2.256s 56
35 Laura Villars R-ace GP 2m08.805s +3.825s 64
36 Andreas Ritzi DS Performance Driving 2m09.832s +4.852s 41