British driver Toby Sowery and Indian driver Tarun Reddy shared the spoils in races one and two of the first round of the 2014-15 MRF Challenge season at Losail, held on Friday.
Race one saw an extremely dominant display from F3 Cup champion Sowery, who won the 15-lap race by 18 seconds. GP3 driver Ryan Cullen finished a distant second.
South African driver Kyle Mitchell took third, holding off a late charge from Mathias Lauda. Russian karter Nikita Mazepin was fifth ahead of Reddy in sixth.
Vikash Anand and Dylan Young came home in seventh and eighth places. The top ten was brought up by Raj Bharath and Freddie Hunt, both of whom were forced to start from the pitlane after stalling on the formation lap.
Race 2, which was run to a reverse-grid format for the top six, was much closer. Reddy kept the lead at the start, but came under pressure from Mazepin soon. The Russian consistently put pressure the Indian, but despite getting briefly alongside on lap nine, had to be content with second.
Sowery came home third after a stirring recovery drive, having dropped to tenth at the first corner after running wide. He managed to carve his way through the field, and clinched third place by just pipping Mathias Lauda to the line in a photo-finish.
Mitchell held off Cullen for fifth, while Bharath, Pedro Cardoso, Anand and Vinicius Papareli completed the top ten.
|1||Toby Sowery||15 laps in 30:58.927|
|Vinicius Papareli||+6 laps|
|1||Tarun Reddy||15 laps in 30:26.545|