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Nannini and Durksen share Yas Marina wins in F4 UAE

by Joe Hudson

Photo: F4 UAE

Matteo Nannini and Joshua Durksen took two wins apiece in the second round of the 2019 Formula 4 UAE season, meaning they stay four points at the top of the standings.

Mucke Motorsport driver Durksen took his first career pole position as he lapped the Yas Marina circuit 0.238 seconds quicker than Nannini. Shihab Al Habsi was a tenth behind in third.

Nannini, driving for Xcel Motorsport, struck back in race one to take his second win of the season, fending off the charge of Dragon Racing?s Lucas Alecco Roy. The latter?s team-mate Rui Andrade rounded out the podium as Durksen slipped to fifth ? behind Cram Racing?s Filip Kaminiarz.

The Paraguayan recovered in the reverse grid second race, taking an emphatic victory by more than eight seconds as Nannini failed to pass new team-mate Tijmen van der Helm, a Dutch karting champion making his single-seater debut.

A silver lining for Nannini, the nephew of former Benetton F1 racer Alessandro, was that he was promoted onto the podium after a five-second time penalty was handed to Roy for ?taking a shortcut at turn 11 to turn 13?. That demoted the German from second to fifth.

Durksen added an equally dominant victory in the third race. The M?cke driver pulled away from ADAC F4 regular Roy, winning with an advantage of more than 7.5s from his second pole position.

Al Habsi, a race winner at the first round in Dubai, completed the podium as he came out on top of a three-way battle for third with Andrade and Nannini.

Triumph in the weekend?s final race moved Nannini back to the top of the standings, gaining when Durksen was penalised for shortcutting Turn 11 and dropped from second to third in the race results, behind Al Habsi.

Results round-up
Race 1 (10 laps)
1 Matteo Nannini Xcel Motorsport 25m03.846s
2 Lucas Alecco Roy Dragon Racing +1.782s
3 Rui Andrade Dragon Racing +8.095s
4 Filip Kaminiarz Cram Motorsport +8.618s
5 Joshua Durksen Mucke Motorsport +14.486s
6 Tijmen van der Helm Xcel Motorsport +20.248s
7 Rashed Ghanem Dragon Racing +23.619s
8 Rafa Villanueva Xcel Motorsport +24.875s
9 Nicola Marinangeli Xcel Motorsport +25.717s
Ret Shihab Al Habsi Xcel Motorsport
Pole: Durksen, 2m12.889s
Fastest lap: Roy, 2m14.253s

Race 2 (12 laps)
1 Durksen 26m54.245s
2 van der Helm +8.325s
3 Nannini +8.606s
4 Kaminiarz +10.624s
5 Roy +12.183s
6 Andrade +12.520s
7 Al Habsi +13.028s
8 Villanueva +18.956s
9 Ghanem +19.263s
10 Nico Gohler Mucke Motorsport +25.715s
FL: Al Habsi, 2m13.647s

Race 3 (12 laps)
1 Durksen 26m50.582s
2 Roy +7.531s
3 Al Habsi +11.264s
4 Andrade +11.885s
5 Nannini +12.179s
6 van der Helm +21.180s
7 Villanueva +22.570s
8 Kaminiarz +25.879s
9 Ghanem +26.711s
10 Marinangeli +53.289s
P: Durksen, 2m13.381s
FL: Nannini, 2m13.069s

Race 4 (11 laps)
1 Nannini 24m42.721s
2 Al Habsi +5.089s
3 Durksen +6.262s
4 Roy +7.338s
5 Andrade +10.141s
6 Villanueva +20.590s
7 Kaminiarz +20.966s
8 Gohler +22.648s
9 Ghanem +24.002s
10 Marinangeli +43.436s
FL: Durksen, 2m13.608s

Championship standings
1?Nannini 146? ?2 Durksen 142? ?3 Roy 119? ?4 Andrade 96? ?5 Al Habsi 88? ?6 Kaminiarz 56? ?7 Gohler 42? ?8 van der Helm 34? ?9 Villanueva 32? ?10 Ghanem 30