French F4

Moineault leaves Magny-Cours with Fifth win the Season

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Championship leader Valentin Moineault finished his weekend in style by claiming his fifth win of the year. After starting on pole he seemed relatively unchallenged for most of the race only coming under pressure in the closing laps.

Moineault, like the rest of the field, had had a good start to the race and was able to defend his lead as the drivers behind battled. The eventual winner of the second place tussle, Gabriel Aubry, set about closing the gap to the leader in the final stages, getting to within a second on the last lap.

However; Aubry was unable to find the right place to pass with the two drivers leading the rest of the field by four seconds.

Alongside Moineault on the grid had been his closest championship rival, Sacha Fenestraz. He was unable to make the most of the opportunity though. After first losing time in the battle with Aubry, his pace did not improve and soon dropped to fourth, where he would eventually finish.

The driver who had been on the move was third place Julien Darras, having started fifth, he maintained his position on the first lap before later disposing of Kami Laliberte and Fenestraz to claim his another podium and promote him ahead of Giuliano Alesi in the championship.

Alesi himself would have an up and down race, eventually retiring after a crash with rookie driver Jean-Baptise Mela as both of them battled over ninth place.

It was the fight for sixth that had been the talking point for most of the race. Reuben Kressner was unable to keep up with Laliberte in fifth and instead defended as the cars queued up behind. While it was Julien Andlauer who initially got past, race one winner Simo Laaksonen was the driver who claimed the eight points.

Laaksonen made a poor start initially and would fall to eleventh, however preserved his tyres in the later stage to move the field demoting Andlauer and Kressner to seventh and eighth respectively.

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