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BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP IS OPEN AFTER RMEC RETURNS TO DUBAI AUTODROME: TWO DIFFERENT DUOS VICTORIOUS DURING ROUND 4

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BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP IS OPEN AFTER RMEC RETURNS TO DUBAI AUTODROME: TWO DIFFERENT DUOS VICTORIOUS DURING ROUND 4

  • Finnish drivers Hjerppe & Mantyla taking win in Race 1, retiring in Race 2 due to technical issues
  • Curtis / Edmeades take maiden victory in RMEC during Saturday’s race
  • Ian Roberts maintains strong form with two second place finishes

On the 4.290 km long International Circuit configuration of the Dubai Autodrome, spectators witnessed tight battles between the field of nine Radical SR3 cars during the two 45-minute races on 16th & 17th February 2018.

Before going into the first Qualifying session on Friday morning, drivers enjoyed the extensive testing sessions on Thursday, fine-tuning the set-up and getting valuable track time in preparation for the upcoming race weekend. In the 15-minute time-trial, reigning champion Jani Hjerppe made his mark with a strong laptime of 1:39.037 – the only lap during the weekend below 1 minute 40 seconds. The #17 car of Hjerppe & Mantyla was joined on the front row for Race 1 by Ian Roberts in the Gulf Sport run Radical SR3 with #7. Mikhail Stepanov in one of B-Tuning cars recorded third fastest time to start next to the #4 of Curtis & Edmeades, who were the only car to suffer from an extended pit stop in Race 1, following their second place in the previous race at Yas Marina Circuit.

Right from the start of Race 1 on Friday afternoon, Hjerrpe at the wheel of the the Dream Racing #17 defended the lead and started to pull away from the pack, consistently clocking 1:41 lap times before handing over the car during the mandatory pit stop to fellow Finnish driver Seppo Mantyla to bring the car home for the win. Ian Roberts managed to defend his position with consistent driving over the 45 minutes, taking second place with a gap of 1.631 seconds over the second Dream Racing car of Stoleson / Elgammal.

In Qualifying 2, James Edmeades recorded fastest time of the sessions, taking pole position with a 1:40.789, ahead of Elgammal (1:41.176) and Mantyla (1:41.357). Positions 4 and 5 were taken by the two B-Tuning cars of Stepanov and Zakharov. In the second race of the weekend, the pole sitters once again managed to stay in the lead from start to finish, for Curtis & Edmeades to take their first win in the Radical Middle East Cup in their Rookie season.Ian Roberts, despite the disadvantage of 10 additional seconds in the pits, showed an impressive performance to finish in second place after starting the race from P6. In the back of the pack, the two newcomers Craig Thompson (GBR) and Dominic Simon (GER) improved by more than 8 seconds by the end of Race 2 since the start of the weekend and showed close racing and fair battles during both races. In Saturday’s Race 2, the two drivers were only separated by 0.357 seconds when taking chequered flag. The winners of the previous day, Hjerppe and Mantyla, were less fortunate this time, having to retire from the race 22 laps in with a technical problem.

Despite the DNF in Race 2, Jani Hjerppe from Finland is now leading the championship standings with a total of 75 points, ahead of duo Jeff Curtis and James Edmeades in a shared second place with 65 points. Just 5 points behind them is Gulf Sport’s Ian Robert.

Round 5 of the Radical Middle East Cup will be on 2nd & 3rd March 2018 on the GP Circuit configuration of the Dubai Autodrome!



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