LUNDGAARD’S SHOW IN NAVARRA DAY 1

October 14, 2017

Round 5 of the F4 Spanish Championship started on a cloudy Saturday morning for the 5 teams lined-up this weekend.

Karting Club Driving Academy, Finland-based team, joined the Championship for the three remaining rounds of the season. Juuso Puhakka who already competed in Motorland, Konsta Lappalainen who races in 2016 Jerez and Jesse Salmenautio are the three drivers composing the new squad.

Free Practice 1 started at 9AM, and the forty-minute session was topped by Spanish driver Guillem Pujeu, on very fresh tires, while it was Bent Viscaal who set the pace in Free Practice 2.

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Qualifying 1

After lunch, the 15 drivers headed to the fifteen-minute session. Guillem Pujeu was first on track and got advantage of a clear circuit all for himself. Juuso Puhakka got early problems on his car and came in after his outlap. Sami-Matti Trogen had to shorten his stint as well and Marta Garcia got a mechanical failure and had to stop in T6.

Spaniard Pujeu led the charts for few laps, before Alexander Smolyar came into 1.39,598. But Pujeu improved on the penultimate lap with a 1.39.532.
However, on the very last lap, Christian Lundgaard gave his guts and came home with a 1.39.440 lap, putting him on pole position for the afternoon Race 1.

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Race 1

The whole race drama was at the start as Guillem Pujeu starting from P2, stalled on the grid and got himself to the back of the grid, so as Tuomas Haapalainen.

In front, Christian Lundgaard took the command of the race to never let it go, followed by Alexander Smolyar and Bent Viscaal.

It was a very quiet race, even though Pujeu pushed as hard as he could to gain back some positions, but eventually only managed to go up to P13.

A very nice performance from Lukas Dunner though, who ended holding onto P4.

Christian Lundgaard scored his fifth victory of the season and has now a thirty-point lead on Alexander Smolyar in the run for the title.

Christian Lundgaard, MP Motorsport

“The race was about controlling the pace. Smolyar got close, but I knew his tires would eventually die, so I just did my job and drove it to the finish line”

Bent Viscaal, MP Motorsport

“I made the best out of it today after a disappointing qualifying”

Alexander Smolyar, SMP Racing

“I took advantage of Pujeu stalling on the grid and managed to keep P2 all along the race. Unfortunately I could not watch Lundgaard as my tires worn off. Let’s see what tomorrow brings”

Sunday will start with Qualifying 2 at 09.00, then Race 2 will be held at 12.40, and the weekend will end with Race 3 at 15.00.

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