ABERDEIN TAKES EARLY F4UAE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
UAE teams claim podium results
Dubai, UAE, November 20, 2016: Jonathan Aberdein from Team Motopark claimed the first championship points of the 2016/2017 Formula 4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth at the Dubai Autodrome last weekend (18-19 November), while local UAE teams shared the spoils of podium finishes at Round One in Dubai..
While the six-event season began last month with a Trophy Event at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Round One marked the first time that drivers could earn championship points towards the outright title chase, which is integral for drivers wishing to qualify for FIA Super Licence points and move up the ladder of motorsport globally.
Team Motopark from Europe continued last months’ success with teammates Jonathan Aberdein (#21) from South Africa and Logan Sargeant (#23) from the USA claiming first and second places respectively across all three 20-minute races.
However, it was Dubai-based Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team’s Sean Babington (#4) – a multiple British, European and World karting title holder – and Rasgaira Motorsports’ new Irish driver James Roe Jr (#11) who shared third place finishes after hard fought battles among the local competitors.
H.E. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE and Emirates Motor Sports Federation, praised all the drivers for the increased competition and good sportsmanship, and for the new GCC drivers who are improving every event.
“The first championship event for F4UAE was a great success and it was wonderful to see our local UAE teams on the podium for every race. We are very proud to see our new GCC drivers improving their times and getting more confident on the racetrack and we look forward to seeing them improve more next month at Yas Marina Circuit,” said Ben Sulayem.
Round Two of the F4UAE Championship will be held at Yas Marina Circuit, from December 16-17, as a support to the Gulf 12 Hours endurance event.