COMPLETE SUCCESS FOR LUNDGAARD IN MOSCOW DAY 1

July 14, 2017

A big action day was waiting for the drivers when they reached Moscow Raceway on Saturday morning. With two Free Practice held at 10.00 and 13.00, drivers could experience both slicks and wets Hankook tires. Both sessions were dominated by Renault Sport Academy driver Christian Lundgaard, who had a one-second gap to the second best driver Juuso Puhakka under rain conditions.

QUALIFYING 1

The skies cleared out as the time for Qualifying came up but the track was still too damp to go on slicks for the young drivers so the field left with wet rubbers mounted. As the track got drier, the times got worse and the cars started to be difficult to drive for the apprentice drivers.

Few seconds after the green flag was waived, Milen Ponomarenko spun in T10 and crashed Juuso Puhakka out, forcing the Finn to retire from the Quali. A very hard moment for Puhakka whom will have to start both Race 1 and Race 2 from the back of the grid.

17 laps were deleted between 11 drivers due to track limits, which made Christian Lundgaard snatching the pole position for Race 1 in 1.44.725, while Alexander Smolyar took P2 and the pole position for Race 2 on Sunday. A very clean and good drive from AKK driver Sami-Matti Trogen got rewarded with a P3 on the starting grid of Race 1.

FA Racing drivers Xavier Lloveras and Guillem Pujeu both qualified in top 10, with a very disappointed Lloveras who is 8 points shy from Lundgaard only in the general standings but who’s got Smolyar not far behind him.

MP Motorsport driver Marta Garcia who started in the F4 NEZ for the first time today ended the 15-minute session holding onto P14 while teammates Bent Viscaal got P5 with no less than 4 laptimes deleted, and Austrian Lukas Dunner snatched P9.

Christian Lundgaard

“I am very happy with my lap time, especially on these very tricky conditions, the day is going good so far!”

Alexander Smolyar

“P2 in Race 1 and pole position for Race 2, it’s not perfect of course, but it is very good. I will go for maximum points this weekend”

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RACE 1

The first race of the weekend, came after a very long day for the 19 SMP F4 NEZ drivers who went through FP1, FP2 and Q1 in the same day. The track dried up and allowed the drivers to mount slick Hankook tires for the 25’+1lap race.

Christian Lundgaard started on pole position, and got a clear start, as much as the rest of the field who went through the first lap with no incident. Alexander Smolyar and Sami-Matti Trogen hold on their position throughout the race.

But behind the trio, things heated up. Abdullayev and Shvetsov bumped into each other, the latter lost his front wing and had to pit to fix it before coming out again.

Haapalainen got a good start and went some places up, to lose them few corners later and reclaim them few laps after. A dramatic race where Bent Viscaal had to defend his P4 position for half of the race with Nikita Volegov trying to overtake him from all sides, Haapalainen, Belov and Piirimagi in ambush to wait for the Dutch and Russian mistake. However, Dutch Viscaal kept his calm and took the chequered flag holding onto P4, keeping the train behind him, scoring important points for the Championship.

Juuso Puhakka who started last due to his qualifying had an amazing pace, signing the fastest lap in 1.38.932 and going from P19 to P10 and scoring a bitter-feeling point for the Championship.

Juuso Puhakka

“I did my best to gain some valuable points in the Championship. Starting from the back and reaching P10 was the best I could do today, but tomorrow, I have another chance with Q2”

Mid-Race Elias Niskanen made a mistake which made him hit Spaniard Marta Garcia. The Finn retired from the race, while Garcia could rejoin the track but finished last.

Christian Lundgaard with a 4.3’ gap to Alexander Smolyar took his 6th victory of the season, extending his lead in the championship by 33 points to Xavier Lloveras.
Thanks to this result, Alexander Smolyar is only 6 points behind the Spaniard.

Tomorrow the action resumes at 11am with Quali 2, followed by Race 2 at 13.30 and Race 3 at 17.05! With the weather forecasted to be capricious again, some action will be expected!

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