Renault Sport Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard will take a slender 3-point Spanish F4 championship lead to the final round in Estoril next month following an up and down weekend in Nogaro, France (27-29 October).
Christian entered round six with a 15-point advantage at the summit of the series over Alexander Smolyar following 12 podiums across the season which has included five wins.
The Dane finished second and third in the opening two races in south-west France to maintain the advantage in the Drivers’ Championship, and looked set to hold that gap in the final race.
But from pole position, Christian was involved in a collision on the opening lap which forced him down to tenth. And with Smolyar winning, the 16-year-old had to battle his way through to limit the damage. In the end, Christian fought back to fourth to ensure he holds the series lead going into the final round in Portugal (10-12 November).
Marta finished all three races in the points, including a strong seventh place in the final race of the weekend.
The Spanish teen keeps her spot in ninth place of the championship and heads to the final round in Portugal with podiums on her mind.
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport, #5)
1st – 232 points – 17/20 races completed
“This was a difficult weekend which I didn’t make easy for myself. I put in a lot of effort to get the best out of the situation. I apologise to all the boys at MP Motorsport for letting them down from pole position in the final race where the win was ours. I will learn from it and make it better next time. I’m looking forward to the championship showdown in Estoril.”
Marta García (MP Motorsport, #19)
9th – 53 points – 17/20 races completed
“I had a challenging weekend in Nogaro. I didn’t have the pace to be in the top five, but I did my best in all the races starting from eleventh and eighth and I ended with a handful of points with tenth, eighth and seventh.”