Dubai: Matteo Nannini and Excel Motorsport crowned F4 UAE Champions for 2019

Dubai: Matteo Nannini and Excel Motorsport crowned F4 UAE Champions for 2019

Dubai, UAE, March 2, 2019 – Italian driver Matteo Nannini has taken his maiden open-wheeler and circuit racing title after winning the third season of the F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth in Dubai this weekend (March 1-2).

Coming into the final round 55 points ahead of title rival Joshua Dürksen (#27) from Mücke Motorsport, the 15-year-old from Xcel Motorsport only needed to finish the second race of the weekend on Friday to claim the title, but went on to win Race 3 on Saturday as  well which was his seventh of the season and the highest tally of any drivers competing.

In the process, Nannini (#15) also sealed the Rookie Championship for his Dubai-based team, which also took honours as the Teams Champions and sealed third outright with Omani driver Shihab Alhabsi (#34). In the battle of the teams, Xcel Motorsport finished well ahead of last year’s victors, Dragon Racing, to secure a triple crown of victories. Taking all three main titles was the team’s best effort in F4UAE competition since joining in 2016.

“Congratulations to Matteo and Xcel Motorsport after their strong success this year in F4UAE,” said Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, Chairman of the Emirates Motor Sport Federation and FIA Vice President for Sport. “The fight for the championship has been very competitive all year between all of the drivers who have won races, and I congratulate them for all of their success while here in the UAE. F4UAE always aims to provide the best training platform to help these young drivers become racing stars of the future and we are very happy to see them being rewarded.

“Also, congratulations to everyone at Xcel Motorsport. Kevin [Day] and his team have been very big supporters of F4UAE over the last three years and it is a wonderful achievement for them as a Dubai team to dominate all three titles after putting in so much hard work,” concluded President.

Championship runner-up Dürksen from Paraguay has been Nannini’s main rival all season, sitting second on the points leaderboard since the first round. Winning a total of five races and appearing on the podium 10 times over 20 races, the rookie racer won the final race of the championship to secure his second place standing in the rookie championship as well.

Thirteen different drivers from 11 countries competed in F4UAE this season, with five different race winners since the championship began back in January at the Dubai Autodrome.

QUALIFYING
Eleven drivers competed in the final round of F4UAE which was contested on the 3.56km National Circuit of the Dubai Autodrome. Two new drivers joined including Sauber Junior Team driver Roman Stanek for Dragon Racing (#7) and former F4UAE racer Niklas Krütten (#2) for Mücke Motorsport.

Sandstorms again swept through Dubai on Friday morning, along with light rain, to make for challenging conditions which warranted strategic qualifying planning. Krütten and Alhabsi had topped practice on Thursday, but it was Alhabsi who impressed when lap times counted, earning his first pole position with a best time of 1m23.254s; an very close 0.037 seconds head of Nannini. Dragon Racing’s Rashed Ghanem (#9) scored his best every qualifying result in third place.

RACE SUMMARIES
In Race 1, Alhabsi lead from the start and remained so all race in front of Nannini and Ghanem. From a ninth-place start, Krütten stormed through the field to second place by race’s end however was penalised 10 seconds for taking an advantage from running off track. An incident between Lucas Roy (#8) and Dürksen saw the safety car called, with Roy able to stay with the field however not so Dürksen who only completed four laps. Nannini finished third but was promoted to second after the penalty was applied to Krütten, with Ghanem earning the first podium finish of his short circuit-racing career.

Dragon Racing locked out the front row for Race 2’s reverse grid race, with Stanek on pole position alongside teammate Rui Andrade (#88). Both unfortunately would be at the hands of the stewards, with Andrade penalised for jumping the start, and Stanek penalised for blocking and gaining and unfair racing advantage. Krütten was the eventual winner, with Alhabsi second and Dürksen third.

Race 3 on Saturday morning again saw Alhabsi and Nannini leading from the front row, with Ghanem up to second on the start. Dürksen constantly challenged the front-running group and made it to second place by lap 20 when Roy caused a collision that was deemed by stewards to be avoidable; a 10-second penalty was applied post-race to Roy. Despite Krütten racing up to second by race’s end, the German racer was also later disqualified due to a technical infringement. His Mücke Motorsport teammate Nico Göhler raced hard to stay within striking distance, finishing second overall – his third podium finish of the season – and Alhabsi third.

The final 30-minute race of the season saw Dürksen start off pole position, with his lead constantly challenged by a hard-charging Roy. Dürksen, Roy and Krütten remained top three for most of the race until Krütten took the lead and greeted the chequered flag first, only to be faced by a lengthy stewards hearing which declared his car to be disqualified post-race due to a technical infringement, while Dürksen was awarded the win, with Roy second and Nannini third.

FINAL AWARDS
At the end-of-season Gala Awards dinner held on Saturday March 2 in Dubai, the following drivers were congratulated by their teams, peers, officials and category management.

F4UAE Drivers Champions: Matteo Nannini, Xcel Motorsport
F4UAE Runner-Up: Joshua Dürksen, Mücke Motorsport
F4UAE Third Place: Shihab Alhabsi, Xcel Motorsport
F4UAE Rookie Champion: Matteo Nannini, Xcel Motorsport
F4UAE Teams Champions: Xcel Motorsport
F4UAE Sportsmanship Award: Rashed Ghanem, Dragon Racing

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3 hrs ago

F1

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The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

I guess one way to get on the podium is to literally knock your opponents out

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

Damage off? Ghost Cars? THIS IS STUPID!

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Turn damage on for Christ sake will prevent a lot of the stupid driving and dive bombs

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

About the only way Williams will win anything lol.

Thats a joke Man... IRL that race over in the 1st lap.

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6 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

Súper real los golpes que se dan y siguen como si nada...👏🏼👏🏼

Isso pq vcs não viram o que fizeram em romrom17 .com hilariante!

Si los duelos en monaco fuera asi en vida real, no me quiero imaginar las demas carreras jaja

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6 hrs ago

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

did the Alfa just phase through Leclerc's car??

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

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rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

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