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Taponen wins F4 UAE race two at Dubai after Carrasquedo hit by penalty

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: F4 UAE

Mumbai Falcons’ Tuuka Taponen claimed victory in Formula 4 United Arab Emirates’ safety car-filled second race at Dubai Autodrome after R-ace GP’s Jesse Carrasquedo Jr was penalised.

The Mexican was first under the chequered flag, but he was handed a five-second time penalty for not following the safety car procedure correctly, which meant he was classified 10th.

Starting from pole courtesy of fastest lap in race one, Carrasquedo held on to the lead ahead of Taponen and his team-mate James Wharton. The latter had got past Xcel Motorsport’s Federico Rifai off the line, who also dropped behind PHM Racing’s Noah Stromsted.

Rifai’s team-mate Alexander Bolduev stalled from sixth, and other drivers made contact as they tried to avoid him, with Prema’s title contender Ugo Ugochukwu pulling off to the right of the track and retiring due to car damage sustained during the drama.

The safety car was deployed before the end of lap one, and the field went through the pitlane while the pit straight was being cleared of debris. Carrasquedo initially missed the pit-entry and tried to amend his mistake by crossing the white line to enter the pits. However, he was penalised for his action, eventually costing him the win.

After the safety car period, racing resumed with under 10 minutes remaining on the clock, and no overtaking at the front.

The top three drivers broke away, while the action heated up between several drivers battling in the lower end of the top 10.

MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella overtook Prema’s Bianca Bustamante for seventh, and Pinnacle VAR’s Jack Beeton and Hitech GP’s Kanato Le followed Rinicella past her before the safety car appeares again.

Sainteloc Racing’s Theodor Jensen had spun and hit the rear of Xcel Motorsport’s Georgy Zhuravskiy, who was driving by. Both cars came to a halt in the middle of the track, and the clear-up job meant the safety car was out until the end of the race and denied Carrasquedo an opportunity to build a gap and minimise the effect of his penalty.

Race results (10 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Tuukka Taponen Mumbai Falcons 29m17.504s
2 James Wharton Mumbai Falcons +0.298s
3 Noah Stromsted PHM Racing +0.514s
4 Federico Rifai Xcel Motorsport +1.079s
5 Pedro Clerot MP Motorsport +1.547s
6 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +1.869s
7 Jack Beeton Pinnacle VAR +2.334s
8 Kanato Le Hitech GP +2.650s
9 Bianca Bustamante Prema +3.230s
10 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr R-ace GP +4.217s
11 Zachary David R-ace GP +4.248s
12 Niko Lacorte Prema +4.408s
13 Brando Badoer Pinnacle VAR +4.634s
14 James Piszcyk Hitech GP +4.884s
15 Lena Buhler R2Race +5.333s
16 Matteo Quintarelli Yas Heat +5.895s
17 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi PHM Racing +6.427s
18 Akshay Bohra PHM Racing +6.758s
19 Arvid Lindblad Hitech GP +6.922s
20 Alexander Abkhazava R-ace GP +7.256s
21 Flavio Olivieri Cram Motorsport +7.618s
22 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing +8.931s
23 Keanu Al Azhari Yas Heat +9.358s
24 Victoria Blokhina R2Race +10.093s
25 Sebastian Murray Cram Motorsport +10.461s
26 Raphael Narac R-ace GP +10.845s
27 Kai Daryanani Pinnacle VAR +12.167s
28 Rishon Rajeev Mumbai Falcons +12.740s
29 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing +16.297s
30 Fernando Barrichello Rodin Carlin +16.682s
31 William Macintyre Hitech GP +16.994s
32 Ismail Akhmed MP Motorsport +19.525s
33 Dion Gowda Rodin Carlin +19.863s
34 Hamda Al Qubaisi Yas Heat +26.078s
NC Noah Lisle Xcel Motorsport +1 lap
Ret George Zhuravskiy Xcel Motorsport
Ret Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing
Ret Ugo Ugochukwu Prema
Ret Alexander Bolduev Xcel Motorsport
DNS Valentin Kluss PHM Racing
Fastest lap: Badoer, 2m03.055s

Championship standings
1 Wharton 167   2 Taponen 151   3 Ugochukwu 144   4 Rinicella 135   5 Lindblad 70   6 David 59   7 Kluss 50   8 Badoer 43   9 Stromsted 43   10 Rifai 35