Emirates Racing’s Tom Chiappe capped a perfect weekend in Abu Dhabi to claim his maiden Grand Prix win in the F4-S Championship and move to the top of the championship standings.
The young Frenchman produced a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the first of the weekend’s two races and moved up into third place in the standings. Second place went to F1 Atlantic’s Sam Whittle to tie Chiappe on 85 points, with Team Amaravati’s returnee Alexander Lindholm coming home in third spot.
2nd at Abu Dhabi – Sam Whittle
Starting from pole position Chiappe was unchallenged off the dock and streaked off into the distance to take a leisurely win by 16.25s. Whittle trailed Mad Croc’s Rudi Mihaldinecz for the opening laps, then making the telling pass on lap3, Mihaldinecz retiring four laps later with technical issue. Team Amaravati’s Alexander Lindholm put in a spirited chase in third spot, but was unable to close the gap to Whittle.
The top two in the championship standings, Blaze Performance’s Max Stilz and Abu Dhabi’s Mohamed Al Mehairbi, saw their points’ advantage cut after finishing in fourth and fifth, with Wu Bingchen coming home in sixth for CTIC F1 Shenzhen China.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Victory Team with both its boats failing to launch off the dock at the start, Ahmed Al Fahim finally getting going but several laps down to finish in the points in eighth ahead of Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Remeithi – Al Fahim’s new teammate Ali Allanjawi unable to get going, Maverick F1’s Camille Broutechoux failing to start after tipping his boat over in practice.
In a repeat of race 1 F1 Atlantic’s Sam Whittle got the better of Team Amaravati driver Alexander Lindholm to complete the podium. Earlier in the day Chiappe grabbed pole position in the closing stages of the time trials but after a poor start trailed Lindholm for seven laps with Whittle in third when the yellow flag was shown to replace a turn buoy spiked by Mihaldinecz which ended his race.
At the restart Chiappe took his opportunity to get to the front and eased away to complete the 20 laps and take the win by 3.66s. Whittle was another to take advantage of the yellow flag and moved up a place with Lindholm dropping to fourth behind Victory Team’s Ahmed Al Fahim, but regained the place in the closing stages of the race, Al Fahim dropping to eighth.
Blaze Performance’s Max Stilz finished in fourth but saw his championship lead disappear and now sits in second place in the standings but tied on points with Chiappe whose second win in two days moved him to the top of the championship standings on 105 points and tied with Max Stilz, with the final two races of the season this week at the Grand Prix of Sharjah.
2018 F4 TROPHY – POSITIONS AFTER RACE 11
1. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team – 125pts
2. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance – 117pts
3. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team – 109pts
4. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi – 105pts
5. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team – 72pts
6. Alexander Lindholm (FIN) Team Amaravati – 68pts
7. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team – 54pts
8. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden – 35pts
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. Ali Allanjawi (UAE) Victory Team – 11pts
14. Camille Broutechoux (FRA) Maverick Racing – 8pts
15. Joris Colleret (FRA) Maverick Racing – 7pts
16. Rashed Al-Remeithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi – 6pts
17. Louise Vella (AUS) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team – 5pts
18. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing – 3pts