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Uguchukwu fastest in F4 UAE practice as Ibrahim returns to series

by Ida Wood

Photo: F4 UAE

Prema’s Ugo Ugochukwu was fastest in free practice for the final Formula 4 United Arab Emirates round of the season at Yas Marina Circuit.

The majority of the track action came in the first half of the 30-minute session on Friday, with first place being traded between lots of drivers early on.

Yas Heat Academy’s Matteo Quintarelli was fastest at first, then Cram Motorsport’s Sebastian Murray and Yas Heat team-mate Keanu Al Azhari. The three rotated between the top three places until Sainteloc Racing’s Theodor Jensen set a 1m59.426s lap to go fastest, then PHM Racing’s Noah Stromsted went a second faster than anyone.

Hamda Al Qubaisi, another Yas Heay driver, got within 0.033 seconds of Stromsted before he improved by three tenths, but she then improved too to stay in second and 0.142s behind.

Hitech GP’s Arvid Lindblad brought the pace down into the 1m57s, only for Stromsted to return to top spot a minute later. Ugochukwu then headed the timesheet for the first time, a 1m57.420 lap puttinh him 0.243s clear.

He spent a minute in first place before title rival James Wharton took over at the top for Mumbai Falcons, then with just over 12 minutes remaining of the session Al Qubaisi went quickest.

Ugochukwu reclaimed top spot by a slim 0.027 seconds, and Wharton went 0.055s slower than him in third, then there were few improvements across the 40-car field in the final eight minutes.

R2Race’s Lena Buhler rose up to 15th, and MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella went from ninth to eighth, but the order at the top was settled.

Down in 18th place was Muhammad Ibrahim, who this weekend returns to the Mumbai Falcons car driven by Rishon Rajeev the past two rounds. Ibrahim got two 11th place finishes from the first two rounds.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m57.061s
2 Hamda Al Qubaisi Yas Heat 1m57.088s +0.027s
3 James Wharton Mumbai Falcons 1m57.116s +0.055s
4 Tuukka Taponen Mumbai Falcons 1m57.388s +0.327s
5 Arvid Lindblad Hitech GP 1m57.396s +0.335s
6 Keanu Al Azhari Yas Heat 1m57.412s +0.351s
7 William Macintyre Hitech GP 1m57.482s +0.421s
8 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m57.565s +0.504s
9 Noah Lisle Xcel Motorsport 1m57.580s +0.519s
10 Federico Rifai Xcel Motorsport 1m57.634s +0.573s
11 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr R-ace GP 1m57.649s +0.588s
12 Noah Stromsted PHM Racing 1m57.663s +0.602s
13 Dion Gowda Carlin 1m57.718s +0.657s
14 James Piszcyk Hitech GP 1m57.803s +0.742s
15 Lena Buhler R2Race 1m57.827s +0.766s
16 Zachary David R-ace GP 1m57.857s +0.796s
17 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing 1m57.916s +0.855s
18 Muhammad Ibrahim Mumbai Falcons 1m57.990s +0.929s
19 Akshay Bohra PHM Racing 1m58.034s +0.973s
20 Niko Lacorte Prema 1m58.045s +0.984s
21 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi PHM Racing 1m58.056s +0.995s
22 Alexander Bolduev Xcel Motorsport 1m58.110s +1.049s
23 Kanato Le Hitech GP 1m58.165s +1.104s
24 Flavio Olivieri Cram Motorsport 1m58.255s +1.194s
25 Raphael Narac R-ace GP 1m58.354s +1.293s
26 Pedro Clerot MP Motorsport 1m58.432s +1.371s
27 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 1m58.448s +1.387s
28 Brando Badoer Pinnacle VAR 1m58.592s +1.531s
29 Sebastian Murray Cram Motorsport 1m58.678s +1.617s
30 Victoria Blokhina R2Race 1m58.707s +1.646s
31 Fernando Barrichello Carlin 1m58.745s +1.684s
32 Bianca Bustamante Prema 1m58.746s +1.685s
33 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing 1m58.798s +1.737s
34 Alexander Abkhazava R-ace GP 1m58.866s +1.805s
35 Jack Beeton Pinnacle VAR 1m58.943s +1.882s
36 Kai Daryanani Pinnacle VAR 1m58.993s +1.932s
37 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing 1m59.019s +1.958s
38 Ismail Akhmed MP Motorport 1m59.250s +2.189s
39 Matteo Quintarelli Yas Heat 1m59.319s +2.258s
40 George Zhuravskiy Xcel Motorsport 1m59.488s +2.427s