Klein Storms to Front in Order to Clinch Maiden Win

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A maiden victory for Marvin Klein more than doubling the young Frenchman’s best result of the 2016 French F4 Championship season. He crossed the line almost two seconds ahead of his nearest challenger after taking the lead early on.

A strong start for pole sitter Javier Cobian allowed him to break away at the front, as the field organised themselves behind during the reverse grid affair.

Despite starting slightly further back, Klein was clearly the main to match at the start as the young Frenchman made his way into second before diving into the lead just a lap later. Surprisingly, it was less smooth for Ye Yifei who dropped back struggling in the midfield.

Back at the front, the international battle continued with Casper Roes Anderson and Michael Benyahia battling over the final podium place. This evolved into the battle for second as Cobain continued to drop positions.

As the race approached half distance, a large queue soon formed behind third place Benyahia, with Tristan Charpentier chasing him down. This eventually allowed Theo Coicurd into the battle as the rest of the field fell back over time.

Ye had spent much of the race in tenth though finally gained a position with five minutes remaining, it wasn’t enough though, as the Chinese driver later retired. It was his first retirement of the season and sees the championship leader lose ground on Gilles Magnus who finished eighth.

Back at the front, a comfortable domination from Klein allowed him to sweep to his first win of the season. In what was a fairly unexpected podium, in which Danish driver Roes Anderson and Benyahia collected their silverwear.

Charpentier would finish fourth overall having broken away from Coicurd. In sixth was Arthur Rougier who managed to hold on to his position after struggling earlier in the race. Pole sitter Cobian fell back to seventh as Magnus completed the top eight.