MAIDEN VICTORY FOR XAVIER LLOVERAS IN THE F4 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP

October 2, 2016

After a tensed qualifying with Xavier Lloveras on Saturday, it was the Red Bull Junior driver who snatched both pole position for the weekend. And that was the scene for Sunday morning starting grid as Richard Verschoor was sitting in Pole Position, with Xavier Lloveras sharing the first row. Behind them was Russian Nikita Volegov and Venezualan driver Sebastian Fernandez. On the third row, Tuomas Tujula and Marta Garcia were ready for a new fight as Antolin Gonzales and Konsta Lappalainen were closing the field.

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Race 1

All the cars were already half way in the Formation Lap when a drama happened, with Xavier Lloveras pushing the wrong button on his sterring wheel and activated the extinguisher of his Tatuus-F4. The unfortunate local hero had to retire from the race. A very difficult moment for the Catalonian driver who was about to perform in front of his home crowd.

As the lights went off Tuomas Tujula took an impressive start, jumping from P4 to P2 leaving Volegov to fight against Fernandez. Behind them Antolin was up to P5 with Marta Garcia behind him and matching his pace to prepare her move.

Young Finn Konsta Lappalainen stalled on the grid for his first start ever in an FIA F4 Championship and had to run with a thirty second gap, but was not giving up, improving his times,lap after lap.

As the race went on, Marta Garcia got closer to Antolin, being right in his gearbox to finally take her chance at the end of the main straight and pass her teammate on a swift move for P5.

In front Sebastian Fernandez was fighting with Nikita Volevog, until the young driver found an opportunity and overtook the Drivex driver for the podium.

Richard Verschoor took the chequered flag, signing his twelfth win of the season for MP Motorsport, with Tuomas Tujula grabbing second for Double R and Sebastian Fernandez P3 for the Dutch team.

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Race 2

But this Sunday was reserving more surprises to our drivers and Richard Verschor was the next one to experience it.

The Red Bull Junior driver starting from Pole Position stalled on the grid before the Formation Lap, leaving his teammate Xavier Lloveras the fantastic occasion to start first.

As the lights went off, the young Dutch was already P6, side-by-side with Double R driver Tuomas Tujula. At the end of Lap 1, Verschoor was already up to P4.

In front, Xavier Lloveras was pushing as fast as he could to get away from the threat of Sebastian Fernandez running P2. Verschoor passes Nikita Volegov for P3 after the second lap and then had to catch back the Venezualan driver who already had a comfortable 2.5sec gap. But Verschoor who had to score P2 minimum to be crowned champion, has his sight on Fernandez and lightened purple sectors after purple sectors, cutting his teammate gap.

And with less than 10min+1lap to go in the final race of the weekend, Richard Verschoor passed Sebastian Fernandez for P2, while Nikita Volegov lost his position to Tuomas Tujula who crossed the finish line P4.

As the chequered flag went down, Xavier Lloveras scored his maiden win in single-seater, in front of Richard Verschoor and Sebastian Fernandez. A full MP Motorsport podium to end the weekend.

Richard Verschoor just need two points difference now to Alexander Vartanyan to be crowned Champion…Let’s wait for the next round !

The next event of the F4 Spanish Championship will stop in Jarama, few kilometers from Madrid on 13-15 October.

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Comments of the day:

Richard Verschoor

«The weekend was very positive for me and for MP Motorsport. The pace was good from the beginning till the end. In qualifying we got two good laps that made us start P1 for Race 1 and Race 2. I had a good start in Race 1, then showed some speed to finish with a comfortable gap. Race 2 we started last after stalling at the Formation start. End of the day it allowed me to practice some overtaking and to fight with other drivers as most of the season I have been driving alone in front and for the future I know that I will need that experience. Huge thank you to everyone involved»

Xavier Lloveras

«We were in the grid for Race 1 today and when I tried to turn on the engine, something went wrong and the fire extinguisher got activated. I had to retire from the Race and was really disappointed. In the start of race 2, Richard did a mistake, maybe the first of the season, and I could win easily the race in front of my family and friends. Great feeling ! Thank you to my team for their work this weekend !»

Sebastian Fernandez

«I am satisfied with my weekend as I could challenge Xavier and Richard’s pace even without experience of the track. A double podium this weekend is very rewarding !»

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