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FORMULA 4
FIA F4 CEZ CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 05/06

Circuit: Slovakiaring (SK), Length 5,922 km, 8th – 11th June 2023
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JENZER MOTORSPORT 2023:
Ethan Ischer (CH), Reno Francot (NL), Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK)

Francot wins at the Slovakiaring

The third of six race events for the ACCR Czech Formula 4 Championship – which now has been certified by FIA and it’s name is from now on FIA F4 CEZ (Central European Zone) Championship, was held at the biggest Easter European Circuit, at the Slovakiaring (SK) near Bratislava. This was a new challenge for our drivers, who started with great expectations.

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Qualifying

Friday, 09/06/23, 14.00 – 14.25, Weather: Cloudy, 17°C

In this championship there are several practice sessions available on Friday, followed by the official part with one qualifying session of 25 minutes, followed by two or three races of 25 minutes each. Two races were planned here at the Red Bull Ring.
The grid for the first race will be drawn up in the order of the fastest qualifying time achieved by each driver in the qualifying.
The grid for the second race will be drawn up in the order of the race 1 result. The grid for the third race will be drawn up in the order of the second best qualifying time achieved by each driver in the qualifying. Should two or more drivers have identical times, priority will be given to the one who set it first.

Free practice in the morning took place in the wet, but the track was dry for qualifying. Reno took a brilliant 2nd place, Ethan was 3rd and Bjerre had qualified 4th.

Results Qualifying
1st Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering 2:03.287
2nd Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 2:03.349
3rd Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 2:03.612
4th Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport 2:03:787

 

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Race One (25 minutes)

Saturday, 10/06/23, 10.50, Weather: Cloudy, 16°C

The first of two races got underway at Slovakiaring on Saturday morning on a dry track. From second spot on the grid, Reno kept his position as the lights went out at the start. Behind him, Ethan and Mathias Bjerre immediately began a fight for the podium. Sauter managed to build a gap but, lap after lap, Reno found his rhythm and appeared bigger and bigger in his rival’s mirrors. With Sauter struggling with his tires, Reno left the best for the final stages. The young Dutch quickly closed the gap and powered past Sauter in the last lap. As the checkered flag waved, Reno took his maiden win in the championship, with this extending his lead. Ethan kept the upper hand against the teammate Mathias Bjerre to secure the third spot on the podium, while the Danish took the 4th place in the race.

Race One Results
1st Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 26:56.295  
2nd Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering Gap 1.204
3rd Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 5.477
4th Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Michael Sauter (CH), in 2:03.456

 

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Race Two (25 minutes)

Saturday, 10/06/23, 18.00, Weather: Cloudy, 17°C

The second and final race of the weekend started late on Saturday afternoon. It had rained before and the track was wet. Reno was starting from the pole position and when the lights went out, he kept his position and lead the way. Behind him, Sauter dropped down the order and Ethan and Mathias Bjerre took advantage to move up to 2nd and 3rd place respectively. With the sun now shining, the track was quickly drying and conditions were challenging. It was looking good for our team when, unfortunately, halfway through the race Ethan went wide and could not avoid the gravel trap. That’s where his race finished. Such a shame! Reno managed his position until the end of the race, taking his second victory and extending his lead even more before now going into the summer break. Mathias Bjerre crossed the line in a brilliant third place!

 

Race Two Results
1st Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 26:23.633  
2nd Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering Gap 1.897
3rd Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 5.012
DNF: Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Michael Sauter (CH) in 2:14.290

 


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The fourth race event for Formula 4 ACCR will take place on the weekend of August 6, 2023 at Most (CK).

Championship Standings

FIA F4 CEZ Championship 2023 after 6 races:
1st Reno Francot (NL), 116 points; 2nd Ethan Ischer (CH), 83 points; 3rd Michael Sauter (CH), 74 points, 4th Oliver Michl (HUN), 58 points; 5th James Egozi (USA), 50 points; 5th Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK), 50 points

2023 FIA F4 CEZ CHAMPIONSHIP – AGENDA

28/29/30 April Hungaroring (HU) Race weekend 2 races
19/20/21 May Red Bull Ring (A) Race weekend 2 races
09/10/11 June Slovakiaring (SK) Race weekend 2 races
04/05/06 August Most (CZ) Race weekend 3 races
08/10/11 September Brno (CZ) Race weekend 2 races
06/07/08 October Balaton Park (HU) Race weekend 3 races

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