On June 22-23, the third round of the SMP Formula 4 Championship took place at Smolensk Ring, a circuit located in western Russia, in Smolensk region.SMP Racing junior drivers took a win in two races.
Pavel Bulantsev was the fastest in the qualifying session, followed by Alexander Vartanyan with a 0.172-second gap. Another SMP racing junior driver Alexey Nesov took third place on the starting grid.
In the first race, Bulantsev kept the lead from the start to the finish line and Vartanyan finished second, while Nesov lost his position in a fight with the rivals and was classified sixth. Alexander Vilyaev took third place.
In the second race, Alexander and Pavel switched places: this time Vartanyan took the win. Alexander Nesov won the bronze medal.
SMP Racing junior driver Irina Sidorkova missed the third round of the SMP Formula 4 Championship as she participated in the round of the F4 Spanish Championship, which took place on June 22-23 at the Circuit de Valencia Ricardo Tormo (Spain).
Pavel Bulantsev took the lead in the driver’s standings with 93 points, while Alexey Nesov scored 83 points so far and took second place.
“The weekend at Smolensk Ring was excellent,” Pavel Bulantsev said. “I managed to improve after Nizhny Novgorod and scored a decent amount of points, which are very significant for me. We will see what the future holds and be ready for the next rounds."
“The weekend turned out to be not that successful for me. It all started during practice sessions, when my car broke,” Alexey Nesov added. “I still have a lot to learn and all practice sessions are important so that I could feel the car, which is new for me, and get some pace. In the first race, there was an interesting fight at the start, but in the third turn I found myself on the outside and lost two positions at once. Then I damaged the car and the race was practically over. In the second race, it started to rain -this is my favorite weather. However, I had problems with the rear tyres and it was difficult for me to keep the pace. I am glad that I was able to keep third place. In the overall standings, we switched places with Pavel Bulantsev and he took the lead. Fortunately, we have enough points to build quite a big gap from our nearest pursuers and it gives me hope.”
The SMP Formula 4 Championship round was held in conjunction with the third round of the SMP Russian Circuit Racing Series (SMP RCRS). SMP Racing driver Kirill Ladygin took a win in the second race in the Touring class. According to the results of three rounds, Ladygin scored 89 points and took third place in the driver’s standings in the Touring class.
The fourth round of the SMP Formula 4 Championship will also take place on the same day with the SMP RCRS, July 13-14, at the Kazan Ring circuit (Kazan).