THE SPANISH F4 DRIVERS FACE THIS WEEKEND IN MONTMELÓ THE LAST ROUND OF THE CALENDAR. IT’S THE SEVENTH EVENT OF THE SEASON, WHERE THE MAJORCAN IS SITTING IN 6TH PLACE, FIRST AMONG THOSE WHO NOT RACE ON THE DOMINANT TEAM ON THE 2020 SEASON. THE DRIVER SPONSORED BY LJs RATXÓ ECO LUXURY RETREAT IS THE SECOND-BEST SPANISH DRIVER OF THE TABLE, SO THE MEETING AT BARCELONA IS CRUCIAL TO HOLD ONTO THESE POSITIONS.
This weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya marks the end of the fifth Spanish F4 Championship. It has been the Championship of choice for Lorenzo Fluxá to continue his learning on open wheel racing. Runner-up of the F4 UAE during the winter season, previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Majorcan chose the Global Racing Service team to race on the Spanish Championship. After 18 races done at the moment – 3 per meeting – Fluxá arrives at the last round of the Championship sitting on P6, the second-best Spanish and the first non-MP Motorsport, who are the team dominating the season, classified on the grid.
The Championship started on July at Circuito de Navarra, and since then, the first four rounds (Navarra, Paul Ricard, Jerez and Valencia) were raced about once per month. Instead, the last three rounds have been back-to-back (Motorland Aragón, Jarama, and this weekend’s, Barcelona-Catalunya). This busy end of season has put teams and drivers on a test, as logistics, physical and mental condition where challenged.
Drivers reach this end of course at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya) well prepared for it. The previous six rounds helped them improve at the wheel of their Tatuus Abarth. In Lorenzo Fluxá’s case, the Majorcan knows what it is to step on the podium, both in Navarra and in Paul Ricard, although he was penalized on the French round. Consistency has been key on his season. He’s just missed out on points in five out of the eighteen races done until now. Two of them were due to incidents, last of them at the third race in Jarama. The driver fell down the order when he was fighting for fifth.
The hardships to achieve a good Qualifying position has dragged down Lorenzo’s results on the last few races. Because of this, Lorenzo and his team, Global Racing Service, come to Barcelona as conscious as ever to go back to the path of the first races of the season. The combatant nature of Lorenzo Fluxá allows him to make good races, gaining various positions when he isn’t at the top. Despite this, in Barcelona the target is to start as close to the top as possible to try and finish the season how it started, with a podium.
The Spanish F4 Championship is raced under RFEDA’s Racing Weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The open wheelers will share the track with the touring cars of the GT-CER, organized by V-Line Org, and with the Clio Cup Spain. As usual, races will be streamed on LaLigaSportsTV and the F4 Spanish Championship’s YouTube channel.
Lorenzo Fluxá: “Barcelona, last race of the Championship. We’ll have to get it on to get a good result. 6th or 7th on the Championship is not the position I expected to finish in at the start of the season, so we’ll have to get out there and get it on this last round. I’m sixth and I’ve got the 5th classified, Oliver Goethe, more points ahead of me than I have on Quique Bordás, who is 7th. My philosophy has always been to never look back, I always put my sights on what’s ahead, so I aspire more to fight for 5th than to defend 6th. Barcelona is an F1 track, it’s wide and long with long straights and good escape routes. I like it. This year I matured a lot, specially assuming I’ve raced without the best material out there. All of it has made me put on an extreme effort and give the best out of me. Although results have not been the ones expected, I think I’ve evolved a lot as a driver in my first year on single-seaters”.
SCHEDULE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA MEETING
Friday, November 13
Collective tests – 13h00 to 17h00
Sábado, November 14
Free Practice 1 – 09h00 to 09h40
Free Practice 2 – 11h40 to 12h20
Qualifying 1 – 13h50 to 14h05
Race 1 (25’ + 1 lap) – 16h40 to 17h10
Sunday, November 15
Qualifying 2 – 09h30 to 09h45
Race 2 (18’ + 1 lap) – 11h45 to 12h10
Race 3 (25’ + 1 lap) – 16h35 to 17h05