Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimao, hosted Round 3 of Formula 4 Spanish Championship this weekend. At this meeting, GRS Team finally got the expected results. Vladislav Ryabov had his best weekend with the team to this date and grabbed a satisfactory amount of points, allowing him to gain positions on the standings.
As usual, Ryabov started showing his potential since the very first free practice session. The young Russian driver felt comfortable and competitive at the Portuguese track since the beginning. He used these sessions to do both qualifying and race simulations, with positive results in both situations.
Qualifying sessions came and Vladislav confirmed his good sensations by claiming fifth place in Q1 and fourth in Q2, his best results so far. Unluckily, a grid penalty given to him at the end of the previous round forced him to start Race 3 from eighth.
On that first race, the driver got involved in fights that cost him time and positions. A mistake made him lose positions and degraded his tyres considerably, leaving him unable to show competitive pace. Ryabov crossed the finish line 13th.
However, the GRS Team driver did not lose his confidence and gave his best on Saturday’s races. On the second one, the shortest of the weekend, Ryabov scored his first points since the season opener in Spa-Francorchamps. The Russian driver finished fifth in a race in which he gained several spots on track and obtained his best race result as a Formula 4 driver.
But that result would be improved a few hours later, on the final race. From fourth on the grid, the #26 driver had an outstanding start and briefly took second place. After and exciting, wheel-to-wheel battle with some of the series’ top contenders, Ryabov saw the chequered flag in fourth position, only one tenth away from the podium.
Ryabov and the entire team had their best weekend of the year. The driver has considerably improved his racecraft, proving that the pace was there since the start of the season. A lack of experience was the main reason why this pace could not be converted into the deserved results.
“What an amazing race weekend here in Portimao! That was the first weekend where we turned our phenomenal pace into great results. I always had Top 5 pace, which is a good sign of rapid progress. Anyway, there is still a huge room for improvement”.Vladislav Ryabov, driver #26
Formula 4 Spanish Championship will hold the fourth meeting of the season in two weeks. The championship will be back in Spain, in Motorland Aragon, where the team expects to maintain, if not improve, what was achieved this weekend in Portimao.