FINNISH TOUR OF SMP F4 NEZ COMPLETED – LAPPALAINEN GREW THE GAP IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

September 23, 2018

Photo: SMP F4 NEZ Championship / Pertti Kangasniemi

Photo: SMP F4 NEZ Championship / Pertti Kangasniemi

The winds settled for the final race day of SMP F4 NEZ Championship weekend in Finland. Konsta Lappalainen finished the weekend by winning for the second time.

Sunday morning at Alastaro Circuit began with the second qualifying of the weekend. Michael Belov took the pole from Ivan Berets during the last seconds of the qualifying.

The third and final race of the weekend was driven in dry and sunny weather. Finnish Championship leader Konsta Lappalainen had an excellent start and rocketed to the lead from the third position leaving Belov behind. Belov tried to push behind Lappalainen the whole race through but the Finn managed to keep the Russian behind his back all the way until the end.

- It was a really good weekend for me. Two wins out of three races, I think it’s perfect. In the last race I tried to minimize the mistakes.

Belov wasn’t happy about his result in the last race as Lappalainen managed to grow the gap in the Championship lead. Belov is now second in the Championship.

- It is a difficult track to overtake, before corners you are understeering and can’t win on the straights. I didn’t score enough points for this weekend. Now the gap to Konsta is too much, 44 points I think.

Results, race 3

  1. Konsta Lappalainen (FIN) 27:08.423
  2. Michael Belov (RUS) +0.272
  3. Ivan Berets (RUS) +3.649
  4. Jesse Salmenautio (FIN) +4.075
  5. Ivan Shvetsov (RUS) +9.986
  6. Artem Lobanenko (RUS) +22.950
  7. Markus Laitala (FIN) +24.894
  8. Aleksander Vilaev (RUS) +27.974
  9. Nikita Aleksandrov (RUS) +39.001
  10. Mi Maijala (FIN) +41.305
  11. Jimi Hannus (FIN) +42.493

DNF Pavel Bulantsev (RUS)
DNF Isac Blomqvist (SWE)

Standings after round 6

  1. KONSTA LAPPALAINEN (FIN) 286
  2. MICHAEL BELOV (RUS) 242
  3. ISAC BLOMQVIST (SWE) 176
  4. JESSE SALMENAUTIO (FIN) 168
  5. IVAN BERETS (RUS) 154
  6. IVAN SHVETSOV (RUS) 115
  7. PAVEL BULANTSEV (RUS) 112
  8. TUOMAS HAAPALAINEN (FIN) 74
  9. AMAURY CORDEEL (FIN) 59
  10. FREEK SCHOTHORST (NED) 36
  11. ALEKSANDR VARTANYAN (RUS) 32
  12. PATRICK SCHOTT (FIN) 31
  13. MARKUS LAITALA (FIN) 23
  14. ARTEM LOBANENKO (RUS) 22
  15. ALEKSANDER VILAEV (RUS) 14
  16. NIKITA ALEKSANDROV (RUS) 8
  17. NIKITA VOLEGOV (RUS) 5
  18. MI MAIJALA (FIN) 2
  19. DENIS BULATOV (RUS) 1

 

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