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Wurz takes F4 UAE points lead with win in incident-filled Dubai race

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: F4 UAE

Charlie Wurz won Formula 4 United Arab Emirates’ second race of the weekend, defeating Nikita Bedrin in a chaotic race with two safety car periods and ended by red flags.

Prema driver Wurz had a strong start from pole, darting to the right to defend from the rest of the filed behind.

PHM Racing’s Bedrin had an electric start though, passing Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema pair Aiden Neate and Andrea Kimi Antonelli before the first corner and then sweeping past Wurz’s team-mate Rafael Camara through turn one.

The first safety car interruption came after just one lap, following contact near the back of the grid that led to the retirement of Ricardo Escotto and Valerio Rinicella one lap later.

Wurz led a controlled restart while Bedrin came under pressure from Camara, the pair running wheel-to-wheel and giving Neate the chance to then pass Camara for third.

Dramatic contact between Miron Pingastov, Martinius Stenshorne and Antonelli led to the second safety car interruption, and caught up PHM’s Taylor Barnard who also had to retire in the pitlane.

The extended safety car period due to damage to barriers meant the race only had a further two laps remaining.

Once again, Wurz controlled the restart with Bedrin, Neate and Camara following behind.

The race was red flagged and brought to an end seconds later after contact between Victoria Blokhina and Sohil Shah in an incident which also led to the retirement of Ismail Akhmedkhodjaev. The results were taken from the previous lap due to the reds, meaning they were all classified finishers and Wurz took the win and points lead at the halfway point of the season.

Race results (8 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Charlie Wurz Prema 21m30.498s
2 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +0.616s
3 Aiden Neate Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +0.942s
4 Rafael Camara Prema +1.346s
5 Luke Browning Hitech GP +1.766s
6 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +2.082s
7 Nikhil Bohra 3Y by R-ace GP +2.482s
8 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +2.832s
9 Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport +3.104s
10 Jamie Day Xcel Motorsport +3.487s
11 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +4.004s
12 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +4.582s
13 Anshul Gandhi Cram-Hitech GP +4.888s
14 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport +5.245s
15 Sohil Shah Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +5.495s
16 Robert De Haan Pinnacle Motorsport +5.850s
17 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +6.323s
18 Yash Aradhya Mumbai Falcons by Xcel +6.764s
19 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Xcel Motorsport +7.287s
20 Ismail Akhmedkhodjaev Xcel Motorsport +7.978s
21 Victoria Blokhina 3Y by R-ace GP +8.215s
22 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +8.547s
23 Jef Machiels Pinnacle Motorsport +9.218s
24 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +9.479s
25 Ivan Domingues Xcel Motorsport +10.174s
26 Michael Shin JHR Developments +1 lap
Ret Taylor Barnard PHM Racing
Ret Andrea Kimi Antonelli Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema
Ret Martinius Stenshorne 3Y by R-ace GP
Ret Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport
Ret Ricardo Escotto Cram-Hitech GP
Fastest lap: Wurz, 2m01.270s

Championship standings
Wurz 127   2 Neate 112   3 James Wharton 110   4 Inthraphuvasak 110   5 Antonelli 95   6 Bedrin 87   7 Barnard 55   8 Camara 54   9 Stenshorne 44   10 Oliver Gray 41