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FORMULA 4
FIA F4 CEZ CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 11/12/13

Circuit: Balaton Park (HU), Length 4,115 km, 6th – 8th October 2023
www.balatonparkcircuit.com

JENZER MOTORSPORT 2023:
Ethan Ischer (CH), Reno Francot (NL), Max Karhan (CZ), Shimo Zhang (IT), Thomas Gore (JM)

Ischer is the first Champion in FIA F4 CEZ

The sixth and final race event for the ACCR Czech Formula 4 Championship – which now has been certified by FIA and its name is from now on FIA F4 CEZ (Central European Zone) Championship – was held at Balaton Park, near Budapest (HU). The first ever event at Balaton Park featured an exciting mix of fast corners, challenging hairpins and slow chicanes. At this new and very technical venue, Reno and Ethan battled to become the first F4 CEZ champion, while Max continued his experience and two new drivers joined the team: Shimo Zhang and Thomas Gore!

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Qualifying

Saturday, 07/10/23, 11.00 – 11.25, Weather: Sunny, 20°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. Three races were planned here at Balaton Park.
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.

Being the first cars to put down some rubber, the new surface didn’t offer much grip to the drivers. During the course of Friday, our drivers gained experience while making steady progress in terms of lap times. Going into qualifying on Saturday, everything was possible. Ethan took pole position, while teammate and championship leader Reno qualified 3rd. Making his debut, Thomas took a positive 4th place, with Max was 6th followed by Shimo (also on his debut) in 7th position.

Results Qualifying
1st Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.905
2nd Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering 1:37.968
3rd Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.008
4th Thomas Gore (JM) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38:367
6th Max Karhan (CZ) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38:709
8th Shimo Zhang (IT) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.806

 

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Race One (25 minutes)

Saturday, 07/10/23, 14.20, Weather: Sunny, 24°C

In the early afternoon, the first race of the weekend got underway at Balaton Park. Starting from pole position, Ethan kept the lead when the lights went out at the start. Behind him, Reno didn’t waste any time and overtook Sauter to take 2nd place. 4th on the grid, Thomas had a good start and kept his position, while Shimo had a brilliant start and snatched the 5th position already by the end of the opening lap, followed by max in 6th place. While Ethan was building a gap at the front, Reno was in a hard fight with Sauter, as the others kept their positions as the race reached the final stages. When the chequered flag waved, Ethan took the win after an impressive drive! Behind him, Reno was handed a 2 second time penalty and with this finished 3rd in the results. On his first Formula 4 race, Thomas took a great 4th place – 1st on the rookie podiums – followed by Shimo, who achieved a great 5th place in his first ever race in a formula car (2nd of the rookies). Max, after a strong race, crossed the line in 6th place.

Race One Results
1st Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 26:20.830  
2nd Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering Gap 4.657
3rd Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 6.410
4th Thomas Gore (JM) Jenzer Motorsport    
5th Shimo Zhang (IT) Jenzer Motorsport    
6th Max Karhan (CZ) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Michael Sauter (CH), in 1:38.244

 

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Race Two (25 minutes)

Sunday, 08/10/23, 10.05, Weather: Cloudy, 22°C

The second race of the weekend got underway on Sunday morning on a cloudy and windy Balaton Park. With now two points gap from Reno in the overall standings, tension was high, as Ethan was starting from pole position. Unfortunately, when the lights went off, Ethan stalled and dropped back the order as Sauter took the lead followed by Reno who was now in 2nd place. Thomas inherited the third place, followed by Ethan now in 4th position, Max was 5th and Shimo was 6th. Despite the race got briefly neutralized by a Safety Car, Ethan was not able to make a move on Sauter for third place at the restart, the drivers kept their positions from the restart to the checkered flag. At the end, Reno crossed the line in a great 2nd place, with the new teammate Thomas completing the podium in 3rd position! Ethan took 4th place, followed by Max in 5th position and Shimo in 6th!

 

Race Two Results
1st Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering 25:56.593  
2nd Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 3.607
3rd Thomas Gore (JM Jenzer Motorsport Gap 6.453
4th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
5th Shimo Zhang (IT) Jenzer Motorsport    
6th Max Karhan (CZ) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Michael Sauter (CH), in 1:38.454

 

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Race Three (25 minutes)

Sunday, 08/10/23, 13.40, Weather: Cloudy, 17°C

The third and final race of the season got underway on Sunday first afternoon. Starting from pole position was Ethan, while Reno was alongside him in second place. When the lights went off, the two title contenders kept their respective positions and the battle unfolded. After the opening laps, Ethan was still leading with Reno in second place. Behind them, Thomas moved up to 4th place and Shimo was in 5th. Unfortunately, Max stalled at the start but quickly managed to find his rhythm and was again up to 8th position. As the race was reaching the final stages, Ethan was leading the race. Reno was in second place, trying to hold back Sauter. In the penultimate lap, Sauter made a move on Reno and the two had a contact at Turn 8. When the chequered flag waved, Ethan took the win. Reno crossed the line in 2nd place followed by Sauter in 3rd. Thomas took 4th position at the end, with Shimo in 5th and Max in 7th. As things were, the podium ceremony got underway with Reno unofficially crowned champion, 1 point ahead of Ethan. However, moments later, the contact with Sauter went under investigation and the young Dutch received a 5 second time penalty, being accused for not leaving enough space to Sauter and causing the collision. With the final classification updated, it was Ethan that became the first FIA F4 Champion, with 2 points advantage over Reno.

 

Race Three Results
1st Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 26:25.442  
2nd Michael Sauter (CH) Sauter Engineering Gap 2.330
3rd Reno Francot (NL) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 6.782
4th Thomas Gore (JM) Jenzer Motorsport    
5th Shimo Zhang (IT) Jenzer Motorsport    
7th Max Karhan (CZ) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Michael Sauter (CH), in 1:38.291

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Meisterschafts-Zwischenstand

FIA F4 CEZ Meisterschaft 2023 nach 13 Rennen:
1st Ethan Ischer (CH), 263 points; 2nd Reno Francot (NL), 261 points; 3rd Michael Sauter (CH), 204 points, 4th Oliver Michl (HUN), 112 points; 5th Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (DK), 106 points; 6th Miroslav Mikes (CZ), 75 points; 7th Max Karhan (CZ), 56 points; 10th Thomas Gore (JM), 39 points; 12th Shimo Zhang (CN), 12 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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