TEAM MOTOPARK WELCOMES TWO NEW DRIVERS TO FORMULA 4 UAE
Team Motopark will expand to a four-car operation in the Formula 4 UAE Championship this coming weekend as it welcomes two new drivers for Round 3 being held at the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates.
With an already strong line-up of drivers including current F4UAE Championship leader Jonathan Aberdein and American Logan Sargant, Team Motopark will enter two additional Abarth-powered Tatuus F4 cars for 16-year-old Venezuelan driver Sebastian Wahbeh and 15-year-old karter Charles Weerts from Belgium.
Team principal Timo Rumpfkeil has welcomed the young stars and said he will be overseeing firsthand their racing development during the final three rounds of the UAE racing season.
“We are excited to grow to four cars in the Formula 4 UAE Championship,” said Rumpfkeil, “The series is going well, and for us it’s the ideal preparation for the upcoming season in Europe.
“Already experienced in Formula 4, Sebastian is a really quick guy, who has already won races in the Italian F4 championship and I would assume that he will be fighting for titles soon. For Charles, it’s going to be his very first race ever because so far he has only been driving karts. To him, F4UAE is the ideal chance to prepare for the racing season in Europe too and we are going to support him in the best possible way to get good results in his first races.”
In 2016, Wahbeh stepped up from karting to run predominantly in the the Italian F4 Championship where we scored one race win and two pole positions, while also competing at additional events in both the German and Spanish F4 Championships.
“In one year of F4 I learned a lot already, and the car here is the same to drive but there are some things I have to get used to, like different tyres and the track has a lot of sand so it will be a good experience,” said Wahbeh. “The team has a lot of experience and success already in the UAE, so I’m looking forward to the weekend and learning with them more.”
Meanwhile, Weerts is one of karting’s most promising young stars with extensive competition experience on various karting scenes including the CIK World and European championships, World Series of Karting, with race wins in the German and Belgium karting championships, and he will be making his car racing debut this weekend.
“I’m really excited to make my first race here in the UAE,” said Weerts. “I did a lot of testing today here in Dubai and the big difference I see to drive these cars is I have to push them a lot more and be a bit more aggressive than in the kart. There is a big difference with the braking that I have to get used to but I’m enjoying it very much and my goal is just to improve myself over the weekend.”
Team Motopark has dominated the F4UAE season to date, with Aberdein winning all seven championship races ahead of teammate Sargeant, who also leads the rookie standings.
The 2016/17 F4UAE calendar features a total of 18 championship races across five rounds with Races 8, 9 and 10 of the Championship being held this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, UAE. Two more rounds will be held in Abu Dhabi up until March 2017 before Team Motopark begins it’s campaign in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in Germany at the end of April.