French F4

Ye Yifei Wins Final Pau Race to Extend Championship Lead

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A rain filled weekend finally came to an end in the final race at Pau, as Ye Yifei once again lead from pole to collect his six victory of the season. The win sees him leave the second French F4 round with a 100 point gap in the championship to his nearest challenger.

A clean getaway saw Ye defend his lead into the first turn, never looking back for the remainder of the race. He’d built up a three second gap, just two laps into the competition, as he continued to extend the gap until the chequered flag.

Gilles Magnus had arguably had the best weekend out of all the drivers, leaving the weekend third in the championship. He was unable to hold onto second during the race though, with the Belgium driver losing out to Kami Laliberte midway through the event.

The Canadian, was hoping for more out of this weekend having been a race winner last season. However, he’ll be happy to have ended on a high note as Theo Coicurd, who had started seventh, made his way up to fourth by the end of the race.

Coicurd’s excellent overtakes demoted Pierre-Alexandre Jean, 16 year old Arthur Rougier and Tristan Charpentier. The latter of which will be happy to have finished his weekend as he watched his championship hopes vanish with yet another lowly points finish.

Ye will be happy with the result, leaving the weekend with 187 points compared to Hugo Chevalier‘s 87 and Magnus’ 86. While there may be a number of rounds still to go, Ye looks to have the championship under his control. In an interview in French, the Chinese driver commented, saying: “I just did a race in Italy, where I climbed up to the podium three times. In Pau, my goal was to win. I achieved this, even though I am a bit disappointed to have made a mistake in the first race which handicapped me for a second. My goal in Lédenon is to win again.”

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