HAAPALAINEN FOR THE QUALI, VERSCHOOR FOR THE WEEK-END

October 17, 2016

Qualifying 2

Sunday Qualifying session started very early with a track temperature of 13 degrees and the F4 Tatuus-Abarth cars of the Spanish Championship were first to hit the track.

Tuomas Haapalainen started in great form and held the fastest lap for the first half of the fifteen minutes session, leaving no chance to the other drivers to catch him. But Tuomas Tujula did not hear it that way and improved on his teammate for few tenths until Richard Verschoor, recently crowned champion, came to mix the Double R drivers plans.

MP Motorsport driver Sebastian Fernandez was unfortunately forced to retire after his first lap as his engine stopped on track. His teammate Xavier Lloveras will start P4 in Race 3 as the Spanish driver did not find the confidence on the Madrid track.

As the session came to its final lap, Tuomas Haapalainen regained the fastest lap in 1.32,665 and scored his first Pole Position ever in single-seater.

Tuomas Haapalainen

“It was a very good quali. We knew from yesterday that we had the pace to challenge a pole position, here in jarama. We managed to take it and it’s my first pole ever in single-seater, now, I’m focused on the Race to come”

Richard Verschoor

“It was still very cold and slippery, so I had to warm-up the tires quite hard to get them on temperature. After that it felt good in the car, but unfortunately jut missed out the pole…Looking forward to start P2 in race 3″

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Race 2

Richard Verschoor started on pole again thanks to his Race 1 win, with Tuomas Tujula and Tuomas Haapalainen behind him.

Antolin Gonzales, the rookie of the championship, with only 7 race starts, went out in T1, stopping his race too early.

Xavier Lloveras had a fantastic start as he flew from P7 to P4, with Alexander Vartanyan in P5 and Sebastian Fernandez in P6. And that’s when the fight started.
On each and every lap of the 18’+1lap, the MP Motorsport drivers Xavier LLoveras and Sebastian Fernandez tried to chase the third sport of the Race 2 podium.

Both Double R and Drivex school drivers did not let it happen and the race ended in that order, with Richard Verschoor signing a new lights to flag victory, followed by Tuomas Tujula and Tuomas Haapalainen.

Richard Verschoor

“I had an OK start and after that I tried to make a gap and managed it. I think it worked out pretty well and I’m looking forward to Race 3 already !”

Xavier Lloveras

“The fight was quite interesting ! It is very difficult to overtake on this track and nobody managed it this afternoon. I got a really good start and this is what I gonna keep from Race 2. Now eyes set on Race 3 !”

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Race 3

The last race of the weekend was to be an interested one as Tuomas Haapalainen, snatched the pole position from the 2016 Champion Richard Verschoor for 0,065’’ only. While the Dutch teammate Sebastian Fernandez started from the last position after his technical failure earlier today.

As the lights went off, Tuomas Haapalainen did not have a good start and allowed three cars to pass him by T1 and Richard Verschoor took the lead again, while Tujula took the opportunity to jump onto P2 and Xavier Lloveras on P3.

Alexander Vartanyan put pressure on Tuomas as well and managed to pass the Finn after few laps and both drivers traded positions to finally see the Russian from Drivex School to grab P4.

Antolin Gonzalez, managed to finish the race after two unfortunate tries, and gathered a major experience for his learning path.

Richard Verschoor took the chequered flag as a leader, for the fourteenth time this season in the F4 Spanish Championship ceritifed by FIA, with Tuomas Tujula from Double R and Xavier Lloveras from MP to complete the podium.

The next and last round of the championship will be held in two weeks in Jerez. A rendez-vous not to be missed, which will close this maiden season.

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