HAAPALAINEN FOR THE QUALI, LUNDGAARD FOR THE HAT TRICK

June 25, 2017

Day 3 in Motorland started in the best way, knowing that Alexander Smolyar could compete today despite his very bad accident yesterday in Race 2, and that none of the drivers involved in the mayhem were hurt. SMP Racing mechanics did an incredible job to repair the car overnight.

Qualifying 2
The fifteen-minute session took place at 09.30AM under bearable temperatures for the fourteen drivers, and it was Dane Christian Lundgaard who got first on track. When the outlap was completed for everyone, Volegov came with a five tenths faster lap than the Dane to take the top spot provisionally. But his efforts were cut short as Puhakka in L3 set a 2.01.465, enjoying slipstream on the main straight, then it was Viscaal’s turn to set a four tenths faster lap. With three minutes to go, FA Racing Xavier Lloveras clocked the track in 2.01.058, a 0.009 gap to Viscaal.

Alexander Smolyar drove cautiously the whole session, even suffering his sidepod to fly in the first laps and finished penultimate on this first quali after his massive incident.

Renault Sport Academy driver Lundgaard got two best laps deleted in a row for track limits, landed himself a disappointing P6. On the last lap, Tuomas Haapalainen from SMP Racing snatched the pole position in 2.00.440, with Viscaal, Puhakka and LLoveras to be completing the two first rows for the last race of the weekend.

Tuomas Haapalainen, SMP Racing

“It went quite fine and I am happy with this second pole position of this year”

Juuso Puhakka, SMP Racing

“I had a way better pace than yesterday. We did some technical changes and it works pretty well. Now let’s see what we can do in the race”

Race 3

Cloudy skies and increasing temperatures, was the scene before the last race of the weekend. Haapalainen sitting comfortably on pole had a clean start and held up Viscaal and Puhakka, while Lloveras dropped at the back of the grid.

Alexander Smolyar served a drive through penalty for causing an incident on track yesterday and dropped to last.

Dane Lundgaard had his gaze focused straight ahead like a missile homing on a target and overtook his competitors one by one, starting from Puhakka to quickly reach Bent Viscaal and sit on P2. On Lap 7, MP Motorsport Lundgaard overtook Haapalainen to drive towards his first hat trick in single-seater!

Behind them, the fight was raging, as Trogen, Lloveras and Pujeu were at fight for P8. But it was young Guillem Pujeu who took the opportunity for himself, during one of his teammate attack, and passed both drivers for P8. But unfortunately for Trogen, Lloveras, then joined by Berets, the three drivers crashed heavily into T1 and were out of the race only 2’+1lap to the end of Race 3.

Lundgaard was pulling away from Haapalainen and Viscaal, but Volegov who was improving lap after lap, caught Viscaal and passed the Dutch 3 laps to the end of the Race. The Dutch spun by himself and finished the race P9.

Christian Lundgaard

“Extremely good weekend, better than expected, but i have places to improve myself, so that’s what we are working on now”

It was an amazing hat trick for Renault Sport Academy protégé Christian Lundgaard who bagged the maximum points in this first round and being the unarguable leader of Round 1 in Motorland. Nikita Volegov (SMP Racing) is the second driver in the general classification, and Tuomas Haapalainen (SMP Racing) is holding on P3 after this first weekend of the season!

MP Motorsport has been dominant on this Round 1 and is the early leader of the Championship, with SMP Racing very close.

The F4 Spanish Championship certified by FIA will now head to the summer break and will be back on the racing scene on 2-3 of September in Navarra.

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