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Camara wins again in F4 UAE after Wurz duel

by Peter Allen

Photo: F4 UAE

Ferrari-backed rookie Rafael Camara took another Formula 4 United Arab Emirates win after a duel with Prema team-mate Charlie Wurz in the second race of round four in Dubai.

Championship leader Wurz started from pole position but was passed by the end of the first lap by Camara, with only 0.162 seconds separating them as they crossed the line.

The pair then traded fastest laps through the first part of the race and were never separated by much more than half a second.

Camara held on though to score his fourth win in six races over the past week, climbing up to fourth in the championship.

Wurz was able to extend his standings lead to 31 points as Aiden Neate faced another difficult race following his race one retirement. Neate started fifth but fell backwards through the order during the first three laps and ran as low as 11th before recovering some ground to finish eighth.

Alex Dunne had a quiet but strong run to finish third, finishing two seconds behind Wurz but a comfortable seven seconds in front of Hitech GP team-mate Luke Browning, who made fine progress from ninth early on.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak was fifth for MP Motorsport in front of the PHM Racing duo of Nikita Bedrin and Taylor Barnard.

Bedrin charged through from 13th on the grid to pass his team-mate just before the end. Barnard had passed Martinius Stenshorne for sixth on lap three but was reported to the stewards for cutting Turn 2 in the process.

Stenshorne ultimately finished ninth ahead of fellow Nicolas Todt-managed karting gradautes Christian Ho and James Wharton.

Race results (13 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Rafael Camara Prema 26m33.781s
2 Charlie Wurz Prema +0.681s
3 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +2.813s
4 Luke Browning Hitech GP +9.900s
5 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +11.179s
6 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +13.789s
7 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +14.512s
8 Aiden Neate Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +14.911s
9 Martinius Stenshorne 3Y by R-ace GP +16.823s
10 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +19.741s
11 James Wharton Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +20.562s
12 Conrad Laursen Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +22.066s
13 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +23.727s
14 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport +24.825s
15 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +26.532s
16 Robert De Haan Pinnacle Motorsport +35.747s
17 Ivan Domingues Xcel Motorsport +39.900s
18 Ricardo Escotto Cram-Hitech GP +40.021s
19 Jamie Day Xcel Motorsport +40.513s
20 Anshul Gandhi Cram-Hitech GP +41.482s
21 Michael Shin JHR Developments +45.173s
22 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Xcel Motorsport +46.931s
23 Jef Machiels Pinnacle Motorsport +48.350s
24 Victoria Blokhina 3Y by R-ace GP +48.670s
25 Yash Aradhya Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +50.774s
26 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +51.271s
27 Nikhil Bohra 3Y by R-ace GP +53.008s
28 Ruhaan Alva Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +53.906s
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Ret Ismoilkhuja Akhmedkhodjaev Xcel Motorsport
Ret Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Camara, 2m01.768s

Championship standings
 Wurz 182   2 Neate 151   3 Inthraphuvasak 143   4 Camara 137   5 Bedrin 125   6 Wharton 118   7 Andrea Kimi Antonelli 117   8 Dunne 97   9 Stenshorne 68   10 Barnard 61