French F4

Ye Yifei Continues Championship March at Magny-Cours

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YE Yifei F4 FFSA during the 2016 GT Tour circuit french championship, from June 3 to 5 at Ledenon, France. Antonin Grenier / DPPI

Ye Yifei recorded his eleventh win of the season as he continues to edge closer towards an early title. The French F4 Championship driver started on pole and drove away from the field, setting the fastest lap.

As the lights went out, Ye moved immediately to his left, blocking any attacking from second place Gilles Magnus. The Belgium-born driver put pressure on his championship rival until the first hairpin, when Ye got a better run out of the corner.

Magny-Cours is not widely known for its overtaking opportunities, as a result the field remained fairly static in the opening lap, with Javier Cobian also feeding into his grid position just behind Magnus.

Magnus quickly lost time to the leader as Cobian continued to mount pressure. While it would cost both of them time in the race, it provided a rare lapse of excitement on track. The Spaniard was quick in the opening sector and they were soon joined by Michael Benyahia in fourth.

In fifth, Theo Coicurd was unable to show the speed he’d managed in qualifying. He’d dropped a place off the start and was under pressure from Jean-Baptise Mela.

Once again though, it was another unchallenged affair for Ye. A late attack from Cobian provided some action, as he held the outside into the hairpin. He made the switch back and with two laps remaining, took second.

Behind the podium finishers Benyahia held on to fourth after dropping back. Coicurd held onto fifth while Mela and Pierre-Alexandre Jean followed him home. Despite starting eleventh, Hugo Chevalier worked his way back up to eighth.

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