Sorensen Takes Race 1 Spoils at Val de Vienne

Dane Lasse Sorensen took victory in the opening race of the French F4 weekend at Val de Vienne. He led from start to finish to beat Anglo-Swiss driver Felix Hirsiger and Swiss driver Paul Hokfelt Jr.

At the start, Hirsiger was unable to pass Sorensen and was forced to settle in behind the Dane, but for Hugo Sugnot Darniche, his race ended at the first corner. Championship leader Dorian Boccolacci made a great start to jump two places from fifth to third, but fellow Frenchman Valentin Moineault was nudged into a spin, relegating him to the tail of the field.

Sorensen and Hirsiger began to pull away, with Boccolacci holding on to third ahead of Hokfelt Jr and Mexican debutant Patricio O’Ward. On lap six, Boccolacci made a mistake and spun away his third place, falling down to tenth, promoting Hokfelt Jr on to the podium spot he would hold onto until the end of the race.

O’Ward and Australian Joseph Mawson, who had charged up to the back of the battle for the podium gave Hokfelt Jr a good challenge for that podium place, but were unable to find a way past. Mawson lost a place on the final lap to Russian Denis Bulatov, who had also joined the battle after the drivers ahead were slowing each other down while battling.

Boccolacci recovered to seventh, ahead of Bryan Elpitiya, with Amaury Richard and Valentin Hasse Clot rounding out the top ten.

Val de Vienne Race 1 Result (Top 10)

1 Lasse Sorensen DEN 14 Laps
2 Felix Hirsiger GBR +3.367s
3 Paul Hokfelt Jr SWI +14.986s
4 Patricio O’Ward MEX +15.125s
5 Denis Bulatov RUS +15.572s
6 Joseph Mawson AUS +17.532s
7 Dorian Boccolacci FRA +21.779s
8 Bryan Elpitiya FRA +22.441s
9 Amaury Richard FRA +28.519s
10 Valentin Hasse Clot FRA +31.337s