James Wharton cut Ugo Ugochukwu’s Formula 4 United Arab Emirates lead with victory in the final race at Kuwait Motor Town, as Ugochukwu crashed out.
Wharton led for most of the race, although was overtaken on lap one by R-ace GP’s Jesse Carrasquedo Jr who from fourth on the grid went around the outside of the top three at turn two to briefly hold the lead.
Mumbai Falcons driver Wharton, who started on pole, was back ahead by lap two though and had a big margin to team-mate Tuukka Taponen and MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella who had also got back past Carrasquedo.
Ugochukwu demoted him on the next lap, and then set a spree of fastest laps to close in on Rinicella. Third was gifted to him when Rinicella brielfy ran off-track with a mistake, and then Ugochukwu continued to set fastest laps as he then closed in on the top two.
Wharton had enough of a gap to Taponen to not worry about being passed, but for several laps he weaved all the way down the straight to turn two and that allowed Prema driver Ugochukwu to close in far faster than he otherwise would have.
On the penultimate lap he was right on their tail, and Ugochukwu dived down the inside of Taponen at turn two. But the pair collided, and once they had locked wheels they then ended up both stopped facing the barriers at the exit of the corner.
The danger that posed meant the safety car was summoned, and guaranteed Wharton victory ahead of Rinicella and Zachary David.
Federico Rifai and Arvid Lindblad’s race-long battle for a lowly points position ended up being for fourth and fifth instead, and James Piszcyk just behind finished sixth.
Race results (13 laps)
|1||James Wharton||Mumbai Falcons||26m22.082s|
|2||Valerio Rinicella||MP Motorsport||+0.053s|
|3||Zachary David||R-ace GP||+0.568s|
|4||Federico Rifai||Xcel Motorsport||+1.203s|
|5||Arvid Lindblad||Hitech GP||+1.868s|
|6||James Piszcyk||Hitech GP||+2.277s|
|7||Hiyu Yamakoshi||Pinnacle VAR||+2.531s|
|9||Alexander Abkhazava||R-ace GP||+3.972s|
|10||Akshay Bohra||PHM Racing||+4.384s|
|12||Noah Lisle||Xcel Motorsport||+7.347s|
|13||William Macintyre||Hitech GP||+7.686s|
|14||Keanu Al Azhari||Yas Heat||+8.288s|
|17||Kanato Le||Hitech GP||+10.778s|
|18||Valentin Kluss||PHM Racing||+11.019s|
|19||Rishon Rajeev||Mumbai Falcons||+12.367s|
|20||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Yas Heat||+12.633s|
|21||Flavio Olivieri||Cram-Hitech GP||+13.941s|
|22||Alexander Bolduev||Xcel Motorsport||+14.464s|
|23||Jakob Bergmeister||PHM Racing||+15.115s|
|24||Kai Daryanani||Pinnacle VAR||+15.561s|
|25||Emely de Heus||MP Motorsport||+16.765s|
|26||Sebastian Murray||Cram-Hitech GP||+16.955s|
|28||George Zhuravskiy||Xcel Motorsport||+20.584s|
|29||Raphael Narac||R-ace GP||+22.804s|
|30||Luciano Morano||R-ace GP||+23.190s|
|31||Jack Beeton||Pinnacle VAR||+23.423s|
|32||Theophile Nael||Sainteloc Racing||+23.804s|
|33||Matteo Quintarelli||Yas Heat||+1 lap|
|34||Tuukka Taponen||Mumbai Falcons||+2 laps|
|35||Ugo Ugochukwu||Prema||+2 laps|
|36||Theodor Jensen||Sainteloc Racing||+2 laps|
|37||Noah Stromsted||PHM Racing||+2 laps|
|Ret||Jesse Carrasquedo Jr||R-ace GP|
|Fastest lap: Ugochukwu, 1m54.497s