Race 3 Win sees Boccolacci take Championship Lead

Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci won his second race of the weekend around the streets of Pau to take the lead of the French F4 Championship. He managed to convert his second pole of the weekend into a second win, and won by 0.927s from Dane Lasse Sorensen, with Anglo-Swiss driver Felix Hirsiger completing the podium.

Just as in the first race of the weekend, a red flag was needed on lap two when drivers collided on track, with Valentin Hasse-Clot and Paul Hokfelt Jr crashing into each other and blocking the track. Hasse-Clot and Hokfelt Jr were out on the spot, as were pre-Pau championship leader Joseph Mawson and race two winner Denis Bulatov.

On the restart Boccolacci made a good getaway, and Sorensen stuck to his tail. Hirsiger in third was holding off the challenge of a group of drivers consisting of Swiss driver David Droux and Frenchman Valentin Moineault, Erwan Jule, Bryan Elpitiya and Amaury Richard.

Another crash, this time for Frenchman Hugo Sugnot-Darniche, necessitated the use of the safety car at half distance, and resulted in an eight-lap charge to the flag. Again Boccolacci restarted perfectly, leaving Sorensen to remain behind him.

Unfortunately for Elpitiya, he went off at the Virage de la Gare and retired from seventh place on lap eight. Hirsiger’s podium position was then secured when Moineault attempted to pass Droux in a move that would eliminate them both. Jule finished fourth ahead of Richard, while Russian Vladimir Atoev was sixth. Finn Niclas Nylund was seventh ahead of Swede Reuben Kressner, with Portuguese driver Joao Carvalho and Swiss driver Gjergj Haxhiu completing the top ten.

But it was Boccolacci’s race and Boccolacci’s weekend. He moves on to the next round in Le Vigeant at the beginning of July at the head of the championship. He was happy to be in the lead but knows the season is long.

”I made good starts, which helped me to hang on to first place throughout the race,” said Boccolacci. “I think I’m now leading the championship although I haven’t forgotten the fact that it’s only the second round the season. I’ve opened up a small gap, but my rivals are not far behind so I’m going to continue in the same vein, win more races and count my points at the end of the year.”

Pau Race 3 Result (Top 10)

1 Dorian Boccolacci FRA 24m27.240s
2 Lasse Sorensen DEN +0.927s
3 Felix Hirsiger GBR +5.036s
4 Erwan Jule FRA +10.832s
5 Amaury Richard FRA +12.768s
6 Vladimir Atoev RUS +25.201s
7 Niclas Nylund FIN +28.331s
8 Reuben Kressner SWE +29.429s
9 Joao Carvalho POR +29.954s
10 Gjergj Haxhiu SWI +31.588s