Renault Sport Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard saw his lead at the top of the Spanish F4 Championship cut to 23 points after an up and down weekend in Jerez. Fellow Academy Driver Marta García also endured a mixed weekend as her quick pace fell short of any high reward.
Christian took two third places and a fourth across the three races with championship rival Alexander Smolyar taking a hat-trick of wins to close the gap to the Dane in the title battle.
The 16-year-old MP Motorsport driver looked set to take a podium treble but a second place in race two was taken away after a two-place penalty for a collision whilst overtaking.
Yet again, Marta was the driver to beat across practice as she topped the timesheets in FP1 and was fourth in FP2.
But she couldn’t quite replicate that strong pace across qualifying and the races. The Spanish teen did pick up a number of points courtesy of a sixth and fifth in races one and two.
Marta was in the mix for a fifth place in the final race but was unfortunately involved in a collision on the penultimate lap which saw her outside the top ten.
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport, #5)
1st – 182 points – 11/23 races completed
“We wanted to take as many points as possible this weekend, and overall we did quite well. We struggled for pace right from the beginning of the weekend, but we managed to keep making improvements. I think the best we could have achieved was second, credit to Smolyar, he was fast all weekend.”
Marta García (MP Motorsport, #19)
9th– 41 points – 11/23 races completed
“I think it was a positive weekend in Jerez. I had a decent qualifying which put me in a good position but I didn’t make the best starts and this made me lose some positions. The races went well, I had a sixth and a fifth. It was a shame in the last race as I had a crash with another driver with one lap to go. But we can take the positives and aim to keep improving and take it all to the next race in Navarra.”