James Wharton has moved past the absent Andrea Kimi Antonelli for the Formula 4 United Arab Emirates points lead with his third win in a row.
The Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema driver claimed another lights-to-flag win in race three at Dubai Autodrome, winning by 14.140 seconds ahead of Charlie Wurz.
It was actually team-mate Aiden Neate who finished second on-the-road, 7.485s behind the winner, but a 10s penalty for being out of place on the starting grid dropped him to third.
MP Motorsport’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak started second but finished fourth, being passed by Neate in the first portion of the race and then by Prema’s Wurz on lap 11 of 16 after several minutes of continious pressure being applied.
Neate’s penalty means Inthraphuvasak remains second in the standings though, ahead of him by one point, while Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Antonelli is shuffled down to fourth.
Hitech GP pair Ollie Gray and Alex Dunne both tried to get involved in the battles ahead but could only finish fifth and sixth, while PHM Racing’s Nikita Bedrin came out on top of a big scrap for seventh.
Miron Pingasov had initially been at the front of that group of fighting cars after Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov fell down the order, and he was in amongst the Hitechs until a last-lap pass by Dunne led to a concertina and he dropped behind Bedrin and had to work hard to cross the finish line ahead of Prema’s Rafael Camara.
There was a race-long battle for 15th which Ryabov fell into, and a brilliant over-under move by Mumbai Falcons’ Sohil Shah meant he came out on top ahead of PHM’s Barnard, AKM Motorsport’s Loris Spinelli, JHR Developments Joseph Loake – another to drop several places – and Ryabov.
Race results (16 laps)
|1||James Wharton||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||26m38.534s|
|3||Aiden Neate||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+17.485s|
|4||Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak||MP Motorsport||+17.902s|
|5||Ollie Gray||Hitech GP||+21.229s|
|6||Alex Dunne||Hitech GP||+21.924s|
|7||Nikita Bedrin||PHM Racing||+22.932s|
|8||Miron Pingasov||MP Motorsport||+23.726s|
|10||Rik Koen||MP Motorsport||+24.575s|
|11||Suleiman Zanfari||MP Motorsport||+28.079s|
|12||Martinius Stenshorne||3Y by R-ace GP||+28.479s|
|13||Ivan Domingues||Xcel Motorsport||+29.733s|
|14||Nikhil Bohra||3Y by R-ace GP||+35.652s|
|15||Sohil Shah||Mumbai Falcons by Xcel||+38.296s|
|16||Taylor Barnard||PHM Racing||+39.077s|
|17||Loris Spinelli||AKM Motorsport||+39.945s|
|18||Joseph Loake||JHR Developments||+40.648s|
|20||Jamie Day||Xcel Motorsport||+46.174s|
|21||Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi||Xcel Motorsport||+47.106s|
|22||Anshul Gandhi||Cram-Hitech GP||+48.513s|
|23||Brando Badoer||AKM Motorsport||+48.783s|
|24||Victoria Blokhina||3Y by R-ace GP||+49.077s|
|25||Ricardo Escotto||Cram-Hitech GP||+50.618s|
|26||Jonas Ried||PHM Racing||+1m03.822s|
|27||Jules Castro||Pinnacle Motorsport||+1m11.565s|
|28||Michael Shin||JHR Developments||+2 laps|
|Ret||Ismail Akhmedkhodjaev||3Y by R-ace GP|
|Fastest lap: Wharton, 1m39.260s