WEERTS AND SCHUMACHER LEAD FIGHT FOR F4UAE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN DUBAI
Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2018 - After 19 races and more than 26 hours of official track time during the 2017/18 F4UAE Championship season to date, this weekend's Round 6 will see both the Drivers and Teams titles being fought for at the Dubai Autodrome (March 2-3).
Dragon Motopark F4's Charles Weerts (#88) leads the driver standings over Rasgaira Motorsports/US Racing's David Schumacher (#27) who is just 13 points behind. For Weerts - who contested F4UAE last season plus the German F4 Championship in 2017 - and 16-year-old rookie Schumacher, it would be the first title for either driver in their open-wheeler careers.
Twenty different drivers from 11 countries have competed in F4UAE this season, with nine of them winning races since the championship began back in December 2017 at Yas Marina Circuit. Weerts, who turns 17 years old this weekend, has won four races and scored 12 podium finishes out of 19 starts. Schumacher - who joined the championship at Round 2 - has won three races and scored 13 podium finishes out of 15 starts.
While there are 100 points on offer, third-placed Tom Beckhäuser (#95) from Rasgaira Motorsports and fourth-placed Lucas Petersson (#22) from SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai still have a mathematical chance at the title, but will require the front-runners to not finish races in order to do so.
"We take great pride to see that more drivers have come to the Middle East this season to compete in F4UAE, and that nearly half have won a race which is very impressive," said Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, Chairman of the Emirates Motor Sport Federation and FIA Vice President for Sport.
"All of our drivers and teams have worked very professionally all year and have helped grow F4UAE into the chosen training platform during winter for racers going on to European competition. It will be a very exciting two days of racing, as we watch our young drivers fight for their first championship title."
In the battle for team honours, both SILBERPEFEIL Energy Dubai and Dragon Motopark F4 are in contention with just 29 points separating them respectively. With last year's teams champions being Team Motopark from Germany, the victory will be the first time that the teams title will be retained within the UAE ahead of next year's third season of F4UAE.
The grand finale of the 2017/18 F4UAE Championship, Round 6, will be held at the Dubai Autodrome from March 2-3, 2018. While Thursday March 1 will consist of three testing and practice starts sessions, Friday will see qualifying and race one being held ahead of the final three races of the season on Saturday.
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Brad Fincham, Team Principal of Dragon Motopark F4: "It's been a great progression for the team to grow from one car last year to three cars on the grid this year. The fact that Charles has lead the championship all year into this final round, we're quite excited about it and hopefully we can keep the title in Dubai.
"I think there's been points during the season, especially around Rounds 3 and 4, where the battle between Charles and David [Schumacher] reached the height of their rivalry. We've been very professional in our approach all the way throughout and Charles has actually shown a very mature pair of shoulders when there have been a few heated moments. But it's not over yet and I'm hoping that the two drivers will keep it clean and fair right up until the last race."
Robert Cregan, Team Manager of Rasgaira Motorsports: "It's pretty cool to be in the running for the title considering David didn't do the first round, so he's missed four races but still only 13 points behind Charles. We would have like to have gained more points at Yas Marina Circuit last weekend, but with the Mücke Motorsport drivers being so fast we were fighting for second and third places which you don't gain as many points for.
"For the team it's great to have a driver fighting up the front consistently. David's consistency has improved a lot since he started and his race craft is very good. How he sets up moves is one of his strong points and there's been some edge-of-your-seat racing between he and Charles. But in terms of the title, David's quite a relaxed guy and he doesn't really stress much. He's just concentrating on himself and his racing."