June 25, 2016

The F4 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP stopped on another famous Spanish circuit this weekend for the second round of the Series’ maiden year.

After the Official testdays under a blazing sun earlier this week, and a karting event in Zuera host by Galfer, the drivers were full of energy to start the two-days racing weekend. The grid was small but not less interesting in terms of speed and quality.

Jarno Opmeer from MP Motorsport topped both Free Practice this morning with a combined best time of 1.51,134 with teammate Richard Verschoor very close behind him, while Spaniard Xavier Lloveras was close behind them to complete the top 3.

As the Qualification started, the air temperature got up to 34 degrees with a track temperature of over 40. All the cars left as the pitlane opened and best time were traded between Jarno Opmeer and Alex Vartanyan from Drivex. In the middle of the session, Richard Verschoor came in, with a very damaged tire, which stopped his quali on P5. Spanish Driver from MP Motorsport managed to set a third best time in 1.52,313 and Nikita Volegov from Drivex was only 0.011 from the Spanish.
Danny Kroes, the new addition to MP Motorsport managed to lift his Tatuus-Abarth car up to P6 in front of the three Finnish drivers from Double R.

Xavier Lloveras, MP Motorsport

“I am happy about my qualification session. P3 is good, it shows we have the pace and I hope to have a good start and score my first podium of the season in the F4 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP”

As the evening was looming, the drivers lined-up for the first race of the weekend. Jarno Opmeer launched his machine from the pole position, with Alexander Vartanyan fighting over the Dutch for a win while Richard Verschoor overtook Xavier Lloveras for P3. Behind the leaders, Kroes was pressuring Nikita Volegov for P5 and finally managed to pass the Russian in the middle of the race. Juuso Puhakka had a technical issue from the start of the race, forcing him to retire after the thrid lap.

As the race went on, an impressive Richard Verschoor fought back from P3, to first set his eyes on Alex Vartanyan whom he passed on lap 3. But the Dutch did not settled for P2 and started setting fastest laps on fastest laps as his gap to Jarno Opmeer was over 2 seconds. But three laps to the end of the race, the young Red Bull Junior Driver cut Jarno Opmeer lead to 0.089 and finally overtook him to score his second win of the season.

Richard Verschoor, MP MOTORSPORT

“I am very happy! It is a great feeling to come back on the podium. I won Race 1 in Navarra, Race 1 here, I will start from Pole position in Race 2 so I want to convert that into a victory as well”

Alexander Vartanyan, Drivex

“It is a great feeling to be on the podium. A bit disappointed not to have hold onto P2, but nevertheless satisfied. Tomorrow is a new day and I will keep pushing to score this first victory I’m chasing down”

Tomorrow the day will start with Quali 2 at 08:20 to then go on Race 2 at 14:15 and Race 3 at 17:35.




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