French F4

Rougier Rounds Out Season After Battling Through Field

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An outstanding drive through the pack from Arthur Rougier handed the sixteen year old his first ever French F4 victory in the final race of the season. Elsewhere, the championship battle for third went down to the final two minutes at Circuit de Catalunya.

Local driver Javier Cobian led the drivers away in the final race of the season with all the drivers making it through the opening corners safely. Four drivers could take third place in the championship, with all the contenders inside the top four.

Behind the battle up front, champion Ye Yifei was knocked back on the second lap, losing time and places, thus dropping him to eighth, before pitting. This would promote Arthur Rougier who quickly became one of the fastest drivers on track, breaking away from the battle behind.

Back up front, race two winner Michael Benyahia finally found a way past Hugo Chevalier, putting him into second. With a 14 point gap over Cobian in the standings, second was plenty enough for him to secure third place.

As for Chevalier, he initially dropped back, losing a second to Benyahia and holding up Tristan Charpentier. This eventually allowed the on-form Rougier to slip by both, claiming third and ending the French drivers chances.

Cobian was wise to the pressure up front and gradually pulled away as Benyahia also lost out to Rougier, dropping him to third. With ten minutes to go, Rougier looked infallible and finally took the lead on lap nine.

Benyahia looked to have secured a podium, but a torrid two laps saw him drop to fifth with only five minutes to go. This promoted Charpentier back into the podium positions with Theo Coicurd following through.

The season ended with Rougier taking his maiden win, comfortable five seconds in front of Cobian. Meanwhile, an outstanding second half drive gave Coicurd the final podium place.

Charpentier would cross the line fourth with Benyahia some distance behind, fortunately, this was enough for him to claim the all important third place in the championship. A retirement on the last lap from Chevalier promoted Aleks Karkosik to sixth as Jean-Baptise Mela and Jose Sierra completed the top eight.

In the final championship order, Ye won with 421 points, also winning the Junior title. While Gilles Magnus, who wasn’t present this weekend, had 278. This left Benyahia, Cobian and Charpentier to round out the top five with 218, 212 and 204 points respectively.

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