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Kanato Le claims a 2nd place finish on his F4 debut weekend

  • Young Japanese racer Kanato Le competed in the non-championship UAE F4 Trophy race with Hitech GP this weekend at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit in front of the F1 paddock.

  • An excellent weekend for the young driver claiming his first single-seater podium alongside a top five finish.

  • The weekend started with Kanato landing himself P8 in his first-ever Formula 4 qualifying session.

  • The 15-year-old battled valiantly throughout race one, with some decisive close-combat Kanato managed to move up the grid to cross the line in P5.

  • The grid for Sunday’s race was decided by the order of fastest laps from Saturday’s race, which meant Kanato started P6 on the grid.

  • Kanato made good progress in the first few laps of the race moving up to P5 with contact up front between the leaders meant that a safety car was brought out.

  • When the race restarted on lap five, Kanato managed to pick up a tow from the third-placed Toparis on the back straight and was able to move up to a podium spot at the chicane.

  • With another safety car triggered by debris on track, Kanato readied himself for the restart putting pressure on his opponent from the get-on as they ran side by side down the main straight, Kanato was able to make his move stick and moved up to second place at the chicane.

  • Kanato maintained his position to cross the line in an impressive P2 finish in his first weekend in single-seaters.

  • Kanato's 2023 F4 UAE Championship season gets underway with a pre-season test at the Dubai Autodrome on January 9-10.

"I’m so happy to finish with a P2 in my first-ever race weekend in F4. This weekend was really fun being able to race at the Yas Marina Circuit and I would like to thank, Hitech GP for their hard work and support, Jonny for helping me improve every session, Tyler Hyde for making the best car possible. Also, I would like to thank Elliot Harvey, my family and MB Partners for always supporting me."

- Kanato Le

Images courtesy of James Gasperotti

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