The sixth round of the 2023 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine was an unforgettable one for G4 Racing. The Swiss squad, led by Patrick Gnos, captured a sensational win in the opening race of the weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard with Alessandro Giusti.
The French rookie cruised to pole position in qualifying 1 and sailed to dominate the race on Saturday. Giusti also impressed in race 2, crossing the finish line in P5 after starting from the third row. With these results, Alessandro moved up to P11 in the driver championship.
G4 Racing also scored a top-10 finish with Michael Belov, who finished race 1 in P9 before having to settle for P13 in race 2. G4 Racing also welcomed Pierre-Alexandre Provost, who already tested with the team in the winter and made his first race outing. After completing the first race, Provost had to retire in the second.
With a prestigious trophy achieved, G4 Racing is now facing the summer break and will get back on track on the September 10th weekend at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Monza will follow on September 16th and 17th, Zandvoort will be on October 14th and 15th before the Hockenheim finale on October 21st and 22nd.
Alessandro Giusti (Driver #3): “What a weekend, with a roll on Friday, a pole, a win, and the fastest lap on Saturday. We also got good points on Sunday! It was the best weekend this year, but I want especially to thank all the team staff for how they recovered the car from Friday to Saturday.”
Pierre-Alexandre Provost (Driver #28): It was a really good experience to race in a championship of this level, and I really want to thank the team for the help that the staff give me all weekend to maximize my performance. Even if I did some mistakes, they were all here to support me in good and bad moments. Thank you G4 Racing!”
Michael Belov (Driver #30): The weekend was very tough, we faced a top-speed issue that cost us 2 potential poles. Because of this lack of straight-line speed, we lost more than half a second in qualifying, and in the races, it was impossible to fight anybody. We will come back stronger.”
Adrian Muñoz (Sporting & Technical Manager): “I would say that has been one the most extreme weekends I had in many years. Going from one unlucky to one lucky side very fast. In CT2, we had a very unnecessary roll caused by another competitor that completely destroyed Alessandro’s car. The team did a massive job overnight to get the car ready and perfect for Q1, then the pole and win were a fair reward to the job of everyone at the track, but also for the ones that were not at the track. For Pierre-Alexandre, it was the first race weekend in the series, and considering how competitive is FRECA, he did a good job adapting to the grid. He will continue learning and hopefully in Red Bull Ring with the Collective Test Pre Event, he will have more track time. Michael did the best with a clear top speed issue, which is completely outside the team’s hands due to engine regulations, despite all the hard work of the team to try to minimize the issue, as he clearly had the pace to be in top positions. Finally, we will have a break before the championship will resume in Red Bull Ring in September.”