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Camara slices past Neate on last lap to win again in F4 UAE

by Craig Woollard

Photo: F4 UAE

Ferrari junior Rafael Camara made contact with Aiden Neate on the last lap but came through to take his second Formula 4 United Arab Emirates win at Dubai Autodrome.

Camara charged off into the lead at the start of the 25-minute race from pole position but only a handful of corners were completed before Michael Shin made contact with Sohil Shah on the circuit’s Grand Prix loop, sending him into the path of Miron Pingasov and eliminating himself and Pingasov.

The lengthy safety car period ended with 14 minutes to go and an intense scrap between Hitech GP’s Luke Browning and Prema’s Charlie Wurz began, allowing Camara to sprint off into the distance.

This brought Neate, who was recovering after a poor start, into the fray and he got past Browning and Wurz. Camara held a healthy lead at this point of a few seconds, but suddenly Neate was able to carve huge amounts of time out of it.

Neate made a move towards the end of the race to take the lead, but Camara barged his way past Neate at turn one on the last lap to return to the front. Neate tried to get back through but to no avail before they encountered yellow flags.

While Camara claimed a second win, Neate closed in on the points lead but continues his wait for a victory.

Wurz came out on top of his intense scrap with Browning to round out the podium, with debutant Christian Ho rounding out the top five ahead of title-fighting MP Motorsport team-mate Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak. Wurz is currently under investigation for overtaking Browning off the circuit.

Nikita Bedrin was seventh but he too is under investigation for contact with PHM Racing team-mate Taylor Barnard, which eliminated the latter and resulted in yellow flags at the end for his car parked at the pit entry.

Alex Dunne, Martinius Stenshorne and Andrea Kimi Antonelli rounded out the top 10, capitalising on various exciting battles in the midfield to round out the points. Suleiman Zanfari is to start the fourth and final race of the weekend from pole position.

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Rafael Camara Prema 26m51.685s
2 Aiden Neate Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +0.557s
3 Charlie Wurz Prema +4.650s
4 Luke Browning Hitech GP +7.512s
5 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +8.577s
6 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +9.991s
7 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +10.479s
8 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +11.865s
9 Martinius Stenshorne 3Y by R-ace GP +14.334s
10 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +15.123s
11 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +15.437s
12 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +19.087s
13 Ivan Domingues Xcel Motorsport +19.477s
14 Ricardo Escotto Cram-Hitech GP +19.561s
15 Brando Badoer MP Motorsport +19.891s
16 Nikhil Bohra 3Y by R-ace GP +20.070s
17 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +20.466s
18 Sohil Shah Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +25.103s
19 Jamie Day Xcel Motorsport +25.328s
20 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +26.752s
21 Anshul Gandhi Cram-Hitech GP +27.052s
22 Robert De Haan Pinnacle Motorsport +27.531s
23 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +27.786s
24 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Xcel Motorsport +29.100s
25 Yash Aradhya Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +30.828s
26 Jef Machiels Pinnacle Motorsport +34.655s
27 Ismail Akhmedkhodjaev Xcel Motorsport +38.570s
28 Victoria Blokhina 3Y by R-ace GP +38.729s
Ret Taylor Barnard PHM Racing
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Ret Michael Shin JHR Developments
Fastest lap: Neate, 2m01.170s

Championship standings
Wurz 142   2 Neate 130   3 Inthraphuvasak 118   4 James Wharton 110   5 Antonelli 96   6 Bedrin 93   7 Camara 79   8 Barnard 55   9 Stenshorne 46   10 Dunne 45