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The first round of the Radical Middle East Cup in the year 2018 saw an impressive performance by Russian racer Timur Boguslavsky, starting both races from the front row and taking chequered flag as the winner each time.

With a slightly changed event format, racers enjoyed three Free Practice sessions in preparation for the two 45-minute races on the full GP configuration of Yas Marina Circuit on 2nd & 3rd February 2018.

Boguslavsky, who already made an appearance in the championship in the 2016-17 season, set his mark already during Free Practice 1 on Friday morning with a 2:16.849 being 1.639 seconds ahead of reigning Champion Jani Hjerppe from Finland.

In the first 15-minute Qualifying, the battle between Boguslavsky and Hjerppe continued, with the Russian snatching Pole Position clocking in a 2:15.475, exactly 0.200 seconds ahead of the Flying Finn. For the #75 duo of Stoleson (USA) and Elgammal (AUS) this unfortunately would be the last session of the weekend, with the Dream Racing outfit having to withdraw the car due to sickness of one of the drivers, despite qualifying on P3 for Race 1.

With an extra 15 seconds to sit in the pit lane following his win in the previous race, Hjerppe could not manage to challenge Boguslavsky, who took victory with a gap of a little more than eight seconds. The podium was completed by Emirati racer Sameh Al Qubaisi. Jeff Curtis from England together with co-driver James Edmeades managed to make up the most positions during the race, finishing fourth after starting from P7. Amir Feyzulin, who made his racing debut during Round 2 in November 2017 at the Dubai Autodrome had to retire from the race in Lap 13 after a spin.

On Saturday, Hjerppe flexed his muscles, showing a stellar performance in Qualifying 2 when the clock stopped at 2:14.459 on his fastest lap. With over two seconds behind, Boguslavsky would start alongside the #17 of Hjerppe on the front row with #4 duo Curtis / Edmeades qualifying in third.

In the race however, Hjerppe had to retire early in the race leading to another race win for the Russian racer Boguslavsky in the #83 B-Tuning Radical SR3RSX. Curtis / Edmeades took the second step on the podium, while Sameh Al Qubaisi managed to repeat his third place from the day before. Up until the very last corner, gentleman racer Ian Roberts was sitting in third position, before a small driving mistake allowed Al Qubaisi to move past the #7.

In the standings, Richard Ardolino still sits on top with a total of 63, even though he didn’t start in Round 3. Dream Racing dup Hjerppe in second place (55 points) and Sameh Al Qubaisi in third position are just separated by one point.

Round 4 of the Radical Middle East Cup will return to Dubai Autodrome on 16th & 17th February 2018!


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