Gilles Magnus Takes Maiden Win After Eleven Podiums

16 MAGNUS Gilles ( BEL ) Chpt France F4 Action during the 2016 GT Tour circuit french championship, from July 8 to 10 at Magny-Cours, France - Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

A maiden series win from Gilles Magnus, pulls him further away from the challengers behind in the French F4 Championship. The Belgium driver had a strong start, taking the lead early on as held off the 15 car field at Le Mans.

With the fastest laps from qualifying determining the grid for race three, it was another chance for recently crowned champion Ye Yifei to extend his lead in an almost faultless season. The Chinese driver had unexpectedly retired in race two, yet appeared to be suffering similar issues.

Magnus hadn’t had an easy run to the line though, in what was a role reversal of race one with Ye, Magnus held off the advances of Tristan Charpentier, clinching victory by a mere 0.808 seconds. The resilient Frenchman had spent the race stuck in second once again.

Rounding out the podium was the impressive rookie, Victor Martins. The FFSA Espoirs Karting graduate was forced to fend off Ye after the pole sitters poor start. Fortunately, Martins benefited from an engine failure for his rival, giving him an easy ride to the line.

There was though, a large gap to the field behind. A race long tussle resulted in Casper Roes Anderson jumping into fourth and demoting Michael Benyahia. The strong result for the Moroccan national keeps him contention for third place in the championship, collecting another ten points.

Sixth and seventh went to his rivals though. Javier Cobian and Hugo Chevalier had both started outside the top ten, but put in one of the most impressive drives to collect solid point. Behind them, Jose Sierra rounded out the top eight with his best result since Ledenon.