French F4

Pierre-Alexandre Jean Records Maiden Victory after Chevalier Mistake

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05 JEAN Pierre Alexandre(FRA),F4, during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race of Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France from April 1 to 3 - Photo Marc de Mattia / DPPI

After inheriting the lead towards the end of the race, Pierre-Aleandre Jean took his maiden French F4 Championship victory around the Magny-Cours circuit.

As tradition, the reverse grid race saw the tenth place finisher start on pole. While it wasn’t Aleks Karkosik‘s first race at the front, he now had a point to prove after throwing away an easy win in Ledenon.

Sadly for Karkosik it once again didn’t end well, as he made a poor start. Demoted to third before the first corner before being edged into the gravel by Theo Coicurd. He continued, managing to finish the race in tenth.

The one driver who had benefited was Hugo Chevalier, the Frenchman found himself in the lead as Marvin Klein and Jean tussled behind. The battle for fourth proved to be just as intense with Jean-Baptise Mela struggling to hold off the fast starting Gilles Magnus.

Klein made a mistake in the middle sector and lost sight of a podium finish. He was soon swamped by Mela and Magnus, before repeating the mistake and almost losing another to Coicurd. His day was finally summarised by a spin that dropped him to the back.

All of this allowed Chevalier and Jean to break away at the front. Behind them, Magnus continued his charge by demoting Mela to fourth and focusing on the road ahead.

With five minutes to hold on, Chevalier made an uncharactistic mistake as he outbraked himself into the hairpin. He quickly rejoined, but but now had dropped to third. This allowed Jean to take the lead, an unlikely position for him.

Jean’s run to flag was not easy. He claimed victory after an incredible fight to the finish with Magnus. The final podium place was eventually taken by Javier Cobian, who’d kept out of trouble and worked his way up by the end of the race.

Mela was fourth ahead of a dropping Chevalier. Coicurd was classed sixth after desperately holding off Ye Yifei in the final laps. The Chinese driver recorded his worst result of the year, with Arthur Rougier in eighth.

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