Dubai, UAE, 1 March 2020: The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth has had one of its strongest seasons to date. Starting in 2016, F4UAE has been a platform for junior drivers to hone their race craft out of karting, prior to making the leap into competitive open-wheeler racing in Europe. This year’s season began with a stellar support event at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2019 – a first for the category – where drivers raced in front of their F1 heroes for bragging rights.
With five point-scoring championship rounds scheduled in 2020, the opening round in January was a support to the Hankook 24H Dubai at Dubai Autodrome, where current championship leader Francesco Pizzi took a hat trick of race victories in his first weekend racing formula cars. The leading rookie has been the driver to beat all season and has helped his Xcel Motorsport team also lead the team’s championship battle ahead of the German squad BWT Mücke Motorsport.
Over the last four rounds, six different drivers have claimed race wins out of a possible 15 races with Pizzi claiming the most with eight victories. German racer Nico Göhler has won three races, with other single-race winners including Nicola Marinangeli from Italy, rookie Erick Zuniga from Mexico, Mallorcan rookie Lorenzo Fluxa and local Emirati racer Hamda Al Qubaisi who won her first open wheeler race in F4UAE at Round 3 in Abu Dhabi.
This year’s championship sees three GCC drivers compete, with Al Qubaisi impressing not just with her race victory but scoring three out of four pole positions so far, while KSA’s Reema Juffali for Dragon Racing and the UAE’s Abdulrahman Al Bloushi for Dream Racing also are flying the local flags proudly.
This weekend sees the fifth and final round of the F4UAE Championship back at the Dubai Autodrome (Friday & Saturday, 6-7 March 2020).
Report: Driven Productions (edited)
Photos: Aaron Meriwether & Driven Productions