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04.07.2017

Galfer flies with F4 in PARNU

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The rain had eased overnight and whole Saturday was driven in dry conditions. It was a very long day for the drivers and teams, as the action on track started as early as 9:00 and finished at 19:15 in the evening.

The 19-drivers field was pumped up to kick off with the second day of competition in auto24ring.

Race 1

Juuso Puhakka, Lappalainen Racing 
“After a bad qualifying I got a good start and I was able to overtake few guys. I got very close to Lloveras at the end but I think I lost too much time behind Volegov.”

Tuomas Haapalainen, AKK Academy 
“I’m happy with the result but I could still gain some time so I wouldn’t have to start the race from P11. The key to the good result was probably the first lap where I jumped to P7 and I tried to overtake Volegov in the end but I couldn’t get by him.”

Lundgaard took his fourth win of the season after overtaking championship rival Lloveras at the start. He managed to build a comfortable lead as the Spaniard came under serious pressure from Puhakka towards the end of the race. The Finn had an excellent race charging from P8 to finish on the podium with Lundgaard and Lloveras.

Volegov finished as the best Russian driver in P4 in front of Tuomas Haapalainen who picked up six places from where he started. At one point there was almost half of the field fighting behind Volegov, going into half of the track as a 7-cars pack, side-by-side, and several drivers swapped positions in the space of few laps. Smolyar managed to get P6 ahead of Tziortzis who collided with initial pole-sitter Pujeu ending the Spaniard’s race.

Piirimagi finished P8 and Viscaal P9 after a great comeback which earned him two points. Dunner snatched the last point right in front of Sami-Matti Trogen. The race was miserable for two Russians Ivan Shvetsov and Mike Belov, latter without even starting because of technical problems.

 

Race 2

Nikita Volegov, SMP Racing 
“It was pretty good race for me. I had a little problem at the start but I soon overtook Lloveras. Unfortunately there was only one lap after the Safety Car so I didn’t have enough time to challenge Lundgaard”

Vladimir Tziortzis, SMP Racing 
“The race was difficult but all in all I’m happy with how today went because we showed excellent pace. Obviously we hope to have a similar day tomorrow. This day gave me a lot of confidence”

Finally we saw a titanic and fierce battle for the lead of the race between Lundgaard and Lloveras during the first laps of the race until the Dane passed Lloveras and went on to win his second race of the day (3rd in a row in NEZ, 6th in a row in F4). He had to survive late safety car called on track by an accident between Viscaal and Belov that ended the Russian’s race. Volegov, who had overtaken Lloveras shortly after Lundgaard, got close to championship leader during the final lap of the race but couldn’t prevent Lundgaard’s perfect day.

Tziortzis also had a great Saturday in Parnu and he finished P4 just holding his place ahead of Smolyar. Puhakka took P6 despite Dunner almost overtaking the Finn after the restart. Pujeu took his first point of the season with P8. After all the incidents the Spaniard experienced that must have been even a slight consolation.

With his two wins Renault Sport Academy driver Christian Lundgaard widened the margin by 12 points to Lloveras and now leads the championship by 14 points. The race weekend concludes tomorrow with Qualifying 2 starting at 10:00 and Race 3 at 12:35.

 

Race 3

Jan-Erik Meikup, ALM Motorsport
“It is so amazing to win a race on my home track. I had really intense battle against Viscaal and we even touched at one point but that is racing. This win gives me confidence but it will be difficult again in Moscow because I have never driven there”

Alexander Smolyar, SMP Racing
“The race was really good and to finish P3 on this track after starting from P6 is good achievement. I had a little incident with Volegov which was obviously unfortunate. I probably carried some damage from the contact but P3 was best I could do”

Mike Belov, SMP Racing
“I had difficult race and the start was really dangerous because Lungaard stalled his car and few drivers hit him. This circuit is not easy for overtaking. P5 is still decent after very tough Saturday when I didn’t finish in either of the two races”

Race 3 was perhaps the most dramatic race of the season so far. It all began at the start when Lundgaard stalled his car and neither Juuso Puhakka nor Milen Ponomarenko could avoid his car. The race was red flagged immediately after the crash.

At the restart, unfortunate Sami-Matti Trogen got a technical issue which forced him to retire and his car to be retireve from the track. As the Safety car came in, Meikup was in place to take a surprising first win of the season. He had to fight for the top place on the podium as Viscaal almost snatched the first place out of Estonian’s hands. They went side by side few corners but Meikup was able to hold his nerves and keep the Dutch behind him to the checkered flag. Smolyar took yet another P3 this season but it did not come without some controversy with his teammate Volegov. In the run-up for P3, they banged wheels causing Volegov go through run-off areas dropping him into the last place. The action cost Smolyar a warning flag from the Race Direction.

Tuomas Haapalainen made another great recovery from P11 and finished P4, after amazing fights, just ahead of Belov who capped his difficult weekend off with P5. ALM Motorsport driver, Sten D. Piirimagi also had a strong race and he managed to get P6 in front of his home crowd, his best results of the season so far. FA Racing driver, Lloveras could not take full advantage of Lundgaard’s retirement but cut his lead in championship to eight points with his P7. His teammate Pujeu finished P8 and Berets and Elias Niskanen took the last points in Race 3.

The season continues in two weeks’ time in Moscow on 14-15 of July. Make sure you join us then as we hope the racing will be as fascinating as it was today!

 

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