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Ye beats Isaakyan to maiden single-seater win at Navarra

by Peter Allen
Yifei Ye

Photo: Auto Sport Academy

Chinese driver Yifei Ye passed Nerses Isaakyan on the penultimate lap to get a maiden single-seater victory in the reverse-grid French F4 race at Navarra in Spain.

Isaakyan made a fine start from third on the grid to pass Ye and got ahead of polesitter Louis Gachot to take the lead early on lap two.

After stretching his advantage to two seconds as Ye also worked his way past Gachot, it looked as if Isaakyan had his first win in the bag.

His lead gap came down in the closing stages through and the Russian was passed by Ye, a former ART Grand Prix driver in karting, with just over a lap remaining.

Sacha Fenestraz worked his way through to third from sixth on the grid, passing Gachot with two laps left.

Gabriel Aubry ended up fifth after starting eighth, ahead of second-row starter Reuben Kressner.

Julien Darras took seventh after an aggressive move down the inside of?Kami Laliberte and?Valentin Moineault at Turn 3 on lap 10.

Having been looking for a way past Kressner, championship leader Moineault ended up pushed wide and down to 11th place behind race one winner Jean Alesi and Julien Andlauer, who both went on to pass Laliberte before the finish.

Race results
Pos Driver Gap
1 Yifei Ye 13 laps
2 Nerses Isaakyan +0.703
3 Sacha Fenestraz +1.702
4 Louis Gachot +2.575
5 Gabriel Aubry +2.838
6 Reuben Kressner +5.955
7 Julien Darras +6.374
8 Giuliano Alesi +6.651
9 Julien Andlauer +6.908
10 Kami Laliberte +7.587
11 Valentin Moineault +8.823
12 Simo Laaksonen +10.183
13 Axel Matus +11.092
14 Jose Sierra +13.642
15 Hugo Sugnot-Darniche +21.594