Spanish F4 Round 3, Portimao – July 16 & 17 – event details

You can follow Alex’s progress through Rounds 7, 8 & 9 of the Spanish F4 Championship using the links below.

The event begins with practice and qualifying on Friday followed by Race 1. Races 2 and 3 take place on Saturday morning.

TIMETABLE – See the schedule tab on f4spain.org/en/calendar/

LIVE TIMING

LIVESTREAM – Available Friday & Saturday, see the Live Streaming tab on f4spain.org/en/calendar/

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Offaly teenager Alex Dunne back on the road to F1 in Portimao, Portugal

Teenage Irish Motor Racing star Alex Dunne is back on track in the Spanish F4 Championship this coming weekend (July 16th & 17th) as he tackles the second Grand Prix track of his short car racing career.

Alex will contest the latest rounds of the Spanish F4 series as the championship visits the Portuguese Grand Prix venue, Portimao, for its third race weekend of 2021, following a seven week break since racing at Navarra in Spain.

The fifteen year old from Co. Offaly made a fantastic start to his car racing career at Spa in Belgium, taking pole position and third place in race one. Mechanical problems in qualifying at Navarra restricted him to a best result of seventh place from the three races but with those issues now sorted Alex heads to Portugal full of confidence following a strong run in pre event testing.

Speaking ahead of his return to the cockpit, Alex talked about the progress made at the Portimao test. “The Championship had a two day test at Portimao in preparation for this weekend and I was really happy with how it went. The track was new to both me and my Pinnacle Racing team so we spent our time making loads of changes to the car. Portimao is very different to Navarra, which was very flat and stop-start compared to the Portuguese track, which is fast and flowing. There are massive elevation changes which make it almost like a roller-coaster and very interesting to drive.

We started off well on day one, but continued to try different things to get a better understanding of the car. By the end of day two we knew which way we wanted to go and the set up we had found allowed me to get back up to the top of the time sheets in the final couple of sessions.”

Having learnt so much since his success at the opening event of the season and having performed so strongly in testing, Alex is confident of a return to the top of the results this weekend. The Irish driver currently sits ninth in the standings but is aiming for a strong weekend that will really kick start his championship challenge.

Qualifying and race one of the Portuguese round take place on Friday 16th, with two more races on the morning of Saturday 17th. All races are livestreamed and fans can follow Alex’s progress in Portugal through the links on his web site www.alexdunneracing.com and on his social channels.

 

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Tough weekend for Alex Dunne as his Debut car race season continues

Following the success of his first car race event at Spa-Francorchamps one month ago, Irish teenager Alex Dunne faced a tough challenge at round two of the FIA Spanish F4 Championship at Navarra on May 29th & 30th, as his chances of repeating his Belgian podium were ruined by a major mechanical issue in qualifying.

Having diagnosed and fixed the problem the Offaly youngster spent the remainder of the weekend fighting his way back into contention, to finish the weekend with a best result of seventh in race three, having moved his way back onto the pace of the front runners.

Handling issues in Saturday’s first qualifying session restricted Alex’s speed, despite the team making numerous changes to try and give him more grip at the rear end of the car. Following the session a crack was discovered in a critical chassis component, where the rear suspension attaches, which turned out to be the cause of the Irish drivers handling woes. The chassis issue meant that Alex would have to start from seventeenth in the opening two races, on a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake.

The repair to the rear end of Dunne’s car meant that the team had to start from scratch on set up, due to the chassis now being stiffer. Some progress was made in race one, where fourteenth place was the result, but in the shorter Race two fifteenth was as high as Alex could rise.

With the cars handling improving all the time, Alex was in a much better place in qualifying for race three and towards the end of the session was on his way to a lap time good enough for a front row start. However, the session was red flagged before the Irishman could complete his lap and in the short re-started session he could not get a clear lap to try and repeat the performance. The result was a less than ideal eleventh on the grid for the final race of the weekend, but Alex was quickly back to his Belgian form, as he climbed to seventh at the flag, less than four seconds off the race winner.

Alex summed up his weekend saying, “That was tough. We were bound to have difficulties at some time during the year but I was not expecting a weekend like this. I’m glad we found the issue when we did as we can now get on with fixing the set up of the car and we have already made good progress through the three races since the fault was diagnosed. We don’t race again until July but we have three tests arranged between now and the next round so I’m sure we will continue to make progress before we are back in action in Portugal on July 17th. After a weekend like this it is more important than ever to thank my supporters, VTL, Maxus, Harris Group, KCMG, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan Marble, PDS Associates, Xpress Health and Motorsport Ireland without whom I would not be able to race.”

Alex Dunne will be back on track in just over a weeks time for two days of testing at Motorland Aragon followed by outings at Portimao in Portugal and Valencia, Spain, before the return to race action in mid July.

 

 

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Spanish F4 Round 2, Navarra – May 29 to May 30 – event details

You can follow Alex’s progress through Rounds 4, 5 & 6 of the Spanish F4 Championship using the links below.

The event begins with practice and qualifying on Saturday day followed by Race 1. A second qualifying session on Sunday morning will decide the Race 2 and Race 3 grids.

TIMETABLE – See the schedule tab on f4spain.org/en/calendar/

LIVE TIMING – Available Saturday & Sunday

LIVESTREAM – Available Friday & Saturday, see the Live Streaming tab on f4spain.org/en/calendar/

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Alex heads for Spain for event two of the Spanish F4 Championship

Rising Irish Motor Racing star Alex Dunne continues his maiden season in car racing this coming weekend, when he heads for Navarra in Northern Spain. The fifteen year old Co. Offaly driver competes in the second event of the FIA Spanish F4 Championship, where he will contest three more rounds of the Formula One feeder series.

Alex heads to Spain on the back of an outstanding debut race weekend at Spa Francorchamps, at the end of April. At the Belgian Grand Prix venue he stunned the F4 paddock with a debut pole position and a podium finish in his first car race. Another strong performance in race two resulted in fifth place and the Irish youngster left the opening event of the season lying in an impressive fifth in the championship standings.

Following the season opener, the KCMG academy backed racer headed to Navarra for two days of testing, along with his team, Pinnacle Motorsport, in preparation for this weekends’ event. Alex worked through a number of set-up options in advance of the second triple header of the year and is now looking forward to another strong weekend.

“We’ve been to Navarra twice now and I’m happy that we are in even better shape than we were at the opening event of the season” said Alex as he prepared for his second F4 event. “My aim this weekend is to battle at the front once again and pick up another strong haul of championship points. The opening race weekend was very challenging with changes in the weather and a number of safety car periods, as well as having to undergo my first ever standing starts. I have a lot more knowledge now and I will be much better prepared for the race weekend format as well as knowing what to expect in the races. Thanks once again to my Mam and Dad and all of my sponsors who have made my F4 season possible.”

Event two of the F4 Spanish Championship commences on Saturday morning, with the first of two free practice sessions. Qualifying for Race one takes place on Saturday afternoon with the opening race of the weekend at the unusually late time of 19:00. A second qualifying session will run on Sunday morning which will decide the grid for both of Sunday’s races.

All of the weekend’s action can be followed on www.F4Spain.org with live timing from practice and qualifying and live streaming of the races. Information on Alex Dunne can also be found on his web site www.alexdunneracing.com and on his social channels.

 

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Sensational Car Race debut for Alex Dunne

Teenager Alex Dunne became the first Irish driver to finish on the podium of an FIA European single seater championship race since 2008 when he took a debut third place in the opening round of the Spanish Formula 4 Championship in Belgium on Friday April 30th. The fifteen year old from Clonbullogue County Offaly started his weekend by taking a sensational pole position ahead of a quality International field, made up of twenty eight drivers from seventeen nations, before battling to an impressive podium finish in his first ever car race.

Teenager Alex Dunne made a sensational start to his Car Racing career at the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend (April 30th – May 1st). The fifteen year old from Clonbullogue Co. Offaly stunned the Spanish F4 paddock with his speed, which put him on pole position for his first car race. The rising Irish star then followed up with a maiden podium as he battled against his much more experienced rivals to grab a debut third place.

Alex arrived at the Belgian Grand Prix track as one of the least experienced drivers in the field but quickly set about making his mark. Strong runs in practice were followed by a hugely impressive performance in Qualifying One, which would decide the grid for Race one. Having moved up the order steadily, the Irish teenager then put in two really strong laps to put his Pinnacle Motorsport Car on pole position.

In a weekend of firsts for the Irish driver, next up was a first attempt at a standing start. When the lights went out a good run to the first turn saw Alex sitting fourth but by the end of the lap he was back at the head of the field. A safety car was deployed following a number of incidents and Alex then had to contend with his first restart. On the restart a number of his rivals used their experience to shuffle him down the pack but he battled back impressively to retake the final podium position on the last lap.

The Spanish F4 Championships’ complicated qualifying system meant seventh and twelfth place starts for Alex in the remaining two races, but the youngster was confident of making up places. In race two having climbed up to fifth his front wing became dislodged following slight contact with another car and he was forced to retire.

Race three was again interrupted by safety cars making progress from his twelfth place start difficult. Despite only running four green flag laps due to two long safety car periods, Alex once again impressed as he climbed to fifth place at the flag to finish off his impressive opening car racing weekend.

“I’m delighted to have completed my first ever Car Racing weekend with a pole position and a debut podium.” Said Alex following race three. “I’ve learned so much this weekend and with so much being new to me I am really happy with how everything went. This weekend sets us up very nicely for a championship challenge over the remainder of the season and I can’t wait for the next event to build on this performance. Thanks to all of my supporters; VTL, Maxus, Harris Group, KCMG, Reynolds Logistics, Artisan Marble, PDS Associates, Xpress Health, Motorsport Ireland and my team, Pinnacle Motorsport, for making this possible.“

Alex Dunne will be back in action in the Spanish Formula 4 championship at Navarra, Spain, on May 29th and 30th. To keep up with all of the latest news on Alex’s 2021 season see www.alexdunneracing.com.

 

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