The 24 drivers of the French F4 Championship organised by the FFSA Academy took advantage of excellent track conditions for Race 1, which immediately saw poleman Souta Arao get caught out by Hugh Barter at lights out. Enzo Peugeot retained his 3rd place, while Yuto Nomura got the better of Alessandro Giusti. Enzo Geraci gained two places on the first lap, a stage that the drivers passed without any problems.
At first, Australian Barter tried to take the lead and even set the fastest lap at the halfway point. But Japanese driver Arao then made his attack and came back into the wake of the leader. Despite strong pressure during the last laps, Barter held on and took another victory in F4.
Behind him, a few racing incidents animated the pack of academicians. First of all, Mateo Villagomez was at fault at the beginning of the race and crashed at the back of the field. Several overtaking moves were made, but some duels ended in crashes, like the successive retirements of Edgar Pierre, Pierre-Alexandre Provost, then Louis Pelet with two laps to go when he had just climbed from 13th to 10th place.
In the battle for 3rd place, Nomura from Japan finally got the better of Peugeot in a manoeuvre that benefited Giusti. But Nomura lost control of his car at the Foch chicane shortly afterwards, giving the podium to Giusti ahead of Peugeot. Elliott Vayron had a good attacking race from 7th place and finished 5th in front of the Swiss driver Dario Cabanelas, the Colombian Jeronimo Berrio (started 12th!) and the German Max Reis in a very international field.
Enzo Geraci and Romain Andriolo completed the top 10 at the expense of Pablo Sarrazin, who made a remarkable comeback from 16th place.
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