Asian Motorsport reviews the action from races two and three of the second round of the Spanish F4 championship at Algarve.

by Marco Albertini

Keanu Al Azhari continues his strong form with a podium in race two

Race two of the second round of the Spanish Formula 4 Championship was held at 11.20am local time.

Keanu Al Azhari was on pole and kept the lead at the start, but the race would soon be put under safety car conditions as Peter Bouzinelos stopped on track in the first sector. During the safety car period, Gabriel Gomez and Yevan David also retired, whilst Enzo Tarnvanichkul made a trip into the pits to check the car before going back out on track.

The safety car would come in shortly after, but a crash between Thomas Strauven and Nathan Tye neutralized the race once again. Racing would resume with eight minutes to go, and Al Azhari would lose the lead to Ernesto Rivera down the main straight.

Another quick safety car followed which would come in with two laps to go. On the restart, Al Azhari found himself under attack from his teammate, Griffin Peebles, but the Emirati driver held off his teammate to take second. Further down the field, Rehan Hakim finished P23 and Enzo Tarnvanichkul finished P27.

Al Azhari leads from start to finish, as Tarnvanichkul takes a point home

Race three of the second round of the Spanish Formula 4 Championship was held at 2.00pm local time.

Keanu Al Azhari was on pole for the third time this weekend and once again kept the lead at the start, as drivers behind attempted to catch the Emirati driver. Elsewhere, Yevan David’s unlucky weekend continued as he made a trip to the pits and came back out on track one lap down.

Up in the points positions, Red Bull Junior Enzo Tarnvanichkul was battling with Jan Przyrowski, a battle that ended with the Thai driver overtaking the Griffin Core by Campos driver for seventh. However, it wouldn’t last for long as Tarnvanichkul was overtaken by Przyrowski and Fluxa, sending him back to ninth position.

The first safety car of the race would come out with 20 minutes left on the clock, with Tim Gerhards stuck in the gravel. Racing resumed with twelve minutes remaining, and Tarnvanichkul was overtaken by Maciej Gladysz, and not long after by Griffin Peebles and Rene Lammers as well, putting the Red Bull Junior out of the points.

Up at the front, Keanu Al Azhari took a comfortable win as Tarnvanichkul overtook Lammers towards the end to take tenth and a championship point. Further down the field, Rehan Hakim took P28 and Yevan David finished P31.

Spanish F4 Drivers’ championship standings

  1. Keanu Al Azhari (UAE), MP Motorsport – 102 points
  2. Lucas Fluxa (ESP), KCL by MP Motorsport – 74 points
  3. Thomas Strauven (BEL), Rodin Motorsport – 67 points
  4. Ernesto Rivera (MEX), Griffin Core by Campos – 54 points
  5. Mattia Colnaghi (ITA), KCL by MP Motorsport – 36 points
  6. Nathan Tye (GBR), Campos Racing – 34 points
  7. Jan Przyrowski (POL), Griffin Core by Campos – 33 points
  8. Maciej Gladysz (POL), KCL by MP Motorsport – 31 points
  9. James Egozi (USA), Campos Racing – 30 points
  10. Peter Bouzinelos (AUS), Rodin Motorsport – 20 points

Header photo credit: Spanish F4 Championship

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