After the summer break, Formula 4 Spanish Championship season resumed this weekend. Round 5 took place in MotorLand Aragón. The team completed a positive week, with consistent improvement and a new driver.
Vladislav Ryabov and the latest signing of the team, Daniel Mavlyutov, defended GRS Team’ colours on a weekend both Ricardo Gracia and Marcos Flack could not attend due to other racing commitments.
Free Practice sessions saw Ryabov showing a consistent pace, which placed him on the midfield. Mavlyutov, on the other hand, started adapting to a new series and improving lap after lap on a track he had never drove on until Friday.
First Qualifying Session did not go as expected. Vladislav qualified on 20th position, with Daniel at the back of the grid as he kept learning the track and adapting.
Race 1 did not develop ideally either. A rival hit Mavlyutov and caused a serious incident, which the driver left unharmed from. His car, however, was severely damaged. Ryabov also retired after an incident on the closing laps.
The team staff did a sensational job to fix both cars throughout the evening and night. Vladislav improved his performance on Sunday as he took 14th position on Qualifying 2. On the second race, both drivers managed to see the chequered flag. Ryabov finished in P19 and Mavlyutov in P22.
Both drivers faced Race 3 with new tyres. Unfortunately, Daniel’s race ended on the opening lap after a collision with another driver. Ryabov fought on the midfield throughout the race. He was involved in multiple fights and did several overtakes to finish on 13th.
The team expected better results, however, we are satisfied with the job done. We gave it all one more weekend and we are fully ready for the final stages of the season, where we will line-up four drivers.
Formula 4 Spanish Championship will be back in October 1-2 at Navarra Circuit.