Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi headed into the second F4 race of the weekend as the new series leader with a three-point advantage over Germany’s Max Stilz, but fellow Emirati Ahmed Al-Fahim of the Victory Team claimed pole position with a lap of 53.61sec.
England’s Sam Whittle qualified in second place and Al-Mehairbi, who had been third in the morning’s free practice, was down in fifth with a best run of 54.56sec. Race one winner Rudolf Mihaldinecz did not start the qualifying session.
Al-Fahim led the way towards the first turn buoy and he completed the first lap 1.88 seconds of Whittle with Ben Jelf in third and Al-Mehairbi in fifth place. But the yellow flag was raised almost immediately before action restarted on lap three without Mihaldinecz and Bingchen Wu on the race course.
Al-Fahim began to pull away from Whittle and Jelf and Al-Mehairbi slipped to sixth place with rival Stilz running in fourth. The seven surviving boats held station through lap eight of 20 with the leader extending his advantage to 5.45 seconds. There were no changes to the running order after lap 12 and Al-Fahim managed to hold on to his lead to claim the win over Whittle by the margin of 4.36 seconds. Al-Mehairbi reached the finish in sixth.
The triumphant Max Stilz (right) with team mate Francesco Cantando (left)
2018 F4 TROPHY – POSITIONS AFTER RACE 8
1 – Max Stilz (DEU) – Blaze Performance – 87pts
2 – Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) – Team Abu Dhabi – 86pts
3 – Sam Whittle (GBR) – F1 Atlantic Team – 70pts
4 – Tom Chiappe (FRA) – Emirates Racing Team – 65pts
5 – Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) – Victory Team – 63pts
6 – Wu Bingchen (CHN) – CTIC F1 China Team – 40pts
7 – Pedro Fortuna (PRT) – Team Sweden – 35pts
8 – Alexander Lindholm (FIN) – Team Amaravati – 29pts
9 – Ben Jelf (GBR) – Team Amaravati – 27pts
10 – Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) – Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team – 22pts
11 – Xavier Autard (FRA) – Maverick Racing – 21pts
12 – Quentin Dailly (FRA) – Maverick Racing – 17pts
13 – Camille Broutechoux (FRA) – Maverick Racing – 8pts
14 – Joris Colleret (FRA) – Maverick Racing – 7pts
15 – Louise Vella (AUS) – Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team – 5pts
16 – Ian Gonsalves (GUY) – Maverick Racing – 3pts