Sixth test of the season. Portimao received the F4 Spanish Championship at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, where Franco Colapinto (Drivex School) would win on the first day of racing.
It all started on Friday with the Free Practices dominated by the Argentinean driver. Then it was the turn for the Timed Training, that for this Round it was determined that only one would be done. Thus, the fastest lap would be taken into account for the first race; the second fastest lap for Race 2; and the third fastest lap for Race 3.
In this way, Colapinto achieved the Pole Position for all three races and emerged as the favorite of the weekend.
Colapinto wins his first race at Portimao
Time for the first race in Portimao, characterized by a chaotic start that left out of competition Axel Gnos (G4 Racing), Kilian Meyer (Formula Champions – Prague) and Glenn Van Berlo (MP Motorsport).
For its part, the poleman did not have a good start and managed to lose the first place. However, he recovered it quickly to maintain a strong pace, keep the win and take advantage of the misfortune of Meyer and Van Berlo (his most direct pursuers) to increase the advantage in the overall standings.
In the Women’s Trophy, Belen Garcia (Global Racing Service) confirmed her good times on Friday and managed to place second. However, the mechanical problems in the car did not let her maintain a good rhythm and she ended up relegated to eighth position. Even so, she was the best in her category and took the podium once again this season.
Franco repeats victory
In the second race the fight was closer. Van Berlo had a great start and overtook Colapinto in first position. Meanwhile, Meyer and Van Der Helm (MP Motorsport) held an exciting hand to hand for third place.
In the end, the Argentinean driver managed to overcome his Dutch counterpart and repeated triumph. Van Berlo finished second and his team-mate, Van Der Helm, closed the podium.
Meanwhile, Nerea Martí had a great race and passed the finish line in seventh position. Thus, she managed to beat Irina Sidorkova (10) and Belén García (13) to cut points in the overall classification of the Women’s Trophy.
On Sunday the third and last race of Portimao will be run from 8:00 am, local time.