F4UAE TITLE FIGHT WIDE OPEN AHEAD OF YAS MARINA CIRCUIT GRAND FINALE
The 2022 F4UAE Championship title is set to be decided this weekend at Yas Marina Circuit, with seven drivers having a mathematical chance of claiming outright honours and being the first in the world to do so driving the new second-generation Tatuus F4.
The top three drivers in the championship points include Prema Racing’s Charlie Wurz (#7), stablemate Aiden Neate (#57) and rookie Rafael Camara (#88). The Austrian points leader has claimed two race wins so far, over the last four rounds, Camara has the most wins with five, while Neate is the only contender to not be victorious in 2022.
PHM Racing’s Nikita Bedrin (#15) sits fourth head of MP Motorsport’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (#14), Abu Dhabi by Racing’s James Wharton (#13) and Prema steerer Andrea Kimi Antonelli (#99), who is the only driver not to contest the final round. A total of 104 points are on offer at Round 5, with these top seven racers being within 100 points of each other.
In 2022, eight drivers have won races, including non-title contenders Taylor Barnard (#77) from PHM Racing and Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne (#4).
While Wharton’s three race wins in Round 2 put him in front of the rookie standings earlier this season, Camara’s emergence since Round 3 sees the Brazilian leading the rookie standings and a step closer to a potential maiden openwheeler title.
In the team standings, Prema Racing leads over sister team Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema, and PHM Racing third.
Full points can be found online here.
Thirty-eight drivers to date have competed at rounds of the 2022 Championship, with two new faces appearing this weekend in Abu Dhabi to bring the total to 40.
Xcel Motorsport’s Sohil Shah returns to car #28, however his new teammate will be openwheeler rookie Kyle Kumaran; a UAE resident and multiple karting champion. At 3Y by R-ace GP, Russian Max Arkhangelskiy takes over the seat vacated by Victoria Blokhina and brings a season of Spanish F4 experience to the grid.
Racing for Round 5 of the 2022 F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth begins on Friday February 18, with the first two 25-minute races schedule in the afternoon, followed by the final two races on Saturday February 19.