Ye Yifei Cruises to Victory in Race Two at Paul Ricard

by Connor Jackson

In the second race of the final weekend for the French F4 Championship, Ye Yifei came home to collect his second win of the season at Paul Ricard. The win, pushes him further up in the championship and ensures he ends the season on a high.

The Chinese driver had started on the front row and looked to repeat his performance from Navarra that had originally got him his first win. After making a good start h kept behind pole sitter Julien Darras on the first lap, as he looked for a gap.

Ye tried a move into the first corner on the second lap, but after he was unable to make it work first time, with the #4 soon made it stick a few laps later. After making the move up the inside into turn one, he soon pulled out an advantage and set about establishing his position.

By the end of the race, Ye had crossed the line with a two and a half second margin over Darras, while Louis Gachot took the final podium place.

Gachot had been in a race long battle with Julien Andlauer that had resulted in contact between the pair. Andlauer had been knocked back by the British driver, but would soon regain ground before Gachot locked up.

The sudden braking had caught Andlauer out and he would soon have to retire as result of the damage. While his pace had been good, the battling ensured that the pair would soon fall behind the leader.

After Andlauer’s retirement, it was Axel Matus who claimed the final podium place ahead the championships top three.

While Sacha Fenestraz had crossed the line ahead, it was not enough to deny Valentin Moineault from claiming the French F4 title with Gabriel Aubry coming home in seventh. The trio had been evenly matched all race, with Moineault managing to recover despite his poor start.

All three had displaced Nerses Isaakyen in the closing laps, while the Finnish driver of Simo Laaksonen was only able to collect ninth ahead of Giuliano Alesi, who continues his poor end of season run.

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