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Camara wins opening race of F4 UAE’s Abu Dhabi finale

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: F4 UAE

Prema driver Rafael Camara claimed victory in the first race of Formula 4 United Arab Emirates’ season finale.

Camara took the chequered flag ahead of PHM Racing’s Nikita Bedrin and Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Aiden Neate, with all three holding on to their starting positions.

On lap three, Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne moved ahead of Prema’s Charlie Wurz and PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard for fourth, and their battle allowed the top three to open a gap of one-and-a-half seconds from the cars behind.

As the race progressed, Dunne left Wurz and Barnard behind and closed on Neate, who couldn’t keep up with Camara and Bedrin’s pace. Despite being within one second of Neate for half of the race, Dunne wasn’t able to attempt a move on the Briton for the last podium spot, meaning he came home in fourth place.

Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov dropped down to 16th place at the beginning of the race after starting from ninth on the grid. However he recovered with good pace and by lap seven of 13 had got back into the top 10.

A fierce battle for seventh place was taking place in front of him between between Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, Miron Pingasov and Jonas Ried, allowing Ryabov to close a four-second gap in five laps and gain one more spot to finish ahead of Ried in ninth with a last-lap pass.

Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Conrad Laursen was forced to retire on lap four while battling for seventh with Pingasov, Inthraphuvasak and Ried. His team-mate James Wharton also had his race come to an early end several laps after an incident with Anshul Gandhi.

Race results (13 laps)

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Rafael Camara Prema
2 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +2.022s
3 Aiden Neate Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +4.260s
4 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +4.854s
5 Charlie Wurz Prema +10.547s
6 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +12.126s
7 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +18.298s
8 Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport +19.574s
9 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +20.796s
10 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +21.650s
11 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +27.251s
12 Michael Shin JHR Developments +35.956s
13 Robert De Haan Pinnacle Motorsport +36.169s
14 Nikhil Bohra 3Y by R-ace GP +36.197s
15 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +36.914s
16 Sohil Shash Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +37.581s
17 Ricardo Escotto Cram-Hitech GP +37.759s
18 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Xcel Motorsport +43.045s
19 Max Arkhangelskiy 3Y by R-ace GP +43.363s
20 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +43.825s
21 Jef Machiels Pinnacle Motorsport +45.183s
22 Jamie Day Xcel Motorsport +49.038s
23 Anshul Gandhi Cram-Hitech GP +49.512s
24 Kyle Kumaran Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +52.958s
25 Ismoilkhuja Akhmedkhodjaev Xcel Motorsport +1m01.474s
26 Ivan Domingues Xcel Motorsport +1m08.103s
Ret James Wharton Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema
Ret Jef Machiels Pinnacle Motorsport
Ret Ivan Domingues Xcel Motorsport
Fastest lap: Ryabov, 1m55.627s

Championship standings
Wurz 222   2 Camara 190   3 Neate 182   4 Bedrin 165   5 Inthraphuvasak 149   6 Wharton 131   7 Andrea Kimi Antonelli 117   8 Dunne 117   9 Barnard 77   10 Stenshorne 69