New Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar was the fastest driver in pre-event testing for the Formula Regional Asian Championship finale at Yas Marina Circuit, as two drivers joined the grid.
Evans GP has added Sami Meguetounif to its line-up for this weekend, with the Frenchman getting more experience of FRegional machinery after contesting the final two rounds of the European championship last year.
He also came 11th in ADAC Formula 4 in 2021, and fourth in French F4 the year before that.
“Heading to Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi for the last round of FRAC with Evans GP,” said Meguetounif. “Glad to get this opportunity in order to prepare as best as possible my season. Upcoming news very soon about it.”
Hadjar’s team Hitech GP has added Vlad Lomko, sixth in ADAC F4 last year, to its roster for the finale.
“Ready to hit the Yas Marina circuit, under the sun, with the Hitech team. Let’s go for the best result,” he said.
Hadjar was the pacesetter in the afternoon test session, becoming the only driver to break into the 1m49s.
Mumbai Falcons’ points leader Arthur Leclerc had been fastest in the morning session, interrupted by red flags caused by Meguetounif, ahead of Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Paul Aron by a quarter of a second.
Early on it had been Mumbai’s Ollie Bearman who had been fastest, and at the point of the red flag it was Pinnacle Motorsport’s Dilano van’t Hoff who was top of the times.
Most drivers improved in session two, with Leclerc being one of the notable exceptions, and he ended up second overall and 0.225s back from Hadjar.
|1||Isack Hadjar||Hitech GP||1m49.859s||24|
|2||Arthur Leclerc||Mumbai Falcons||1m50.084s||+0.225s||38|
|3||Ido Cohen||BlackArts Racing||1m50.122s||+0.263s||39|
|4||Gabriele Mini||Hitech GP||1m50.127s||+0.268s||39|
|5||Pierre-Louis Chovet||BlackArts Racing||1m50.178s||+0.319s||42|
|6||Ollie Bearman||Mumbai Falcons||1m50.253s||+0.394s||38|
|7||Paul Aron||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1m50.317s||+0.458s||37|
|8||Dino Beganovic||Mumbai Falcons||1m50.329s||+0.470s||37|
|9||Dilano van’t Hoff||Pinnacle Motorsport||1m50.448s||+0.589s||41|
|10||Michael Belov||Evans GP||1m50.491s||+0.632s||43|
|11||Francesco Braschi||3Y by R-ace GP||1m50.609s||+0.750s||40|
|12||Jak Crawford||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1m50.691s||+0.760s||35|
|13||Oliver Goethe||3Y by R-ace GP||1m50.789s||+0.930s||41|
|14||Patrik Pasma||Evans GP||1m50.937s||+1.078s||41|
|15||Pepe Marti||Pinnacle Motorsport||1m51.065s||+1.206s||35|
|16||Owen Tangavelou||Hitech GP||1m51.069s||+1.210s||46|
|17||Lena Buhler||3Y by R-ace GP||1m51.072s||+1.213s||39|
|18||Lorenzo Fluxa||3Y by R-ace GP||1m51.140s||+1.281s||38|
|19||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1m51.241s||+1.382s||34|
|20||Sami Meguetounif||Evans GP||1m51.288s||+1.429s||39|
|21||Nicola Marinangeli||Evans GP||1m51.443s||+1.584s||36|
|22||David Morales||Evans GP||1m51.931s||+2.072s||43|
|23||Levente Revesz||Evans GP Academy||1m51.957s||+2.098s||46|
|24||Vlad Lomko||Hitech GP||1m52.025s||+2.166s||47|
|25||Khaled Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1m52.177s||+2.318s||40|
|26||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||1m52.334s||+2.475s||36|
|27||Salih Yoluc||Pinnacle Motorsport||1m52.815s||+2.956s||40|
|28||Ayato Iwasaki||Pinnacle Motorsport||1m52.977s||+3.118s||36|
|29||Thomas Luedi||BlackArts Racing||1m54.047s||+4.188s||32|