Race 1 of the final round of the 2024 F4 UAE Championship saw the title battle narrowed down as Kean Nakamura-Berta emerged victorious.

 

The Mumbai Falcons driver started from pole and navigated the dusty track to claim another victory. Despite the challenges to his race, such as the safety car intervention and two lock-ups on the final lap, Nakamura-Berta maintained a dominant lead.

 

PREMA’s Rashid Al Dhaheri and Mumbai Falcons’ Alex Powell secured second and third positions, respectively, holding onto their spots from start to finish.

Before the race began, Mumbai Falcons’ Dion Gowda failed to start his car, resulting in a start from the back.

 

Sainteloc Racing’s Max Restrepo collided with Pinnacle Motorsport’s Kai Daryanani, sending Daryanani to the pits before coming out on fresh tyres and Restrepo retiring. The incident damaged Daryanani’s front left steering, forcing him to retire his car on the out-lap. Restrepo received a 5-second penalty for Race 2 due to causing a collision.  

 

AGI Sport’s Jack Beeton and R-ace GP’s Enzo Yeh capitalised on the chaos of the race start, advancing to fourth and fifth places, respectively, by the end of the opening lap. Beeton retained his position till the end, but Yeh lost fifth place to Mumbai Falcons’ Freddie Slater during a safety car restart on lap 11, ultimately finishing in P6 behind Slater.

Behind them, Yas Heat’s Keanu Al Azhari and HITECH’s Deagen Fairclough battled it out for P7, with Al Azhari initially leading but later receiving a drive-through penalty.

 

R-ace GP’s Enzo Deligny and Mumbai Falcons’ Freddie Slater battled it out, initially with Slater losing out before the safety car on lap three. Slater reclaimed his position later on in the race, eventually moving up to P5, with Deligny finishing in P11.

 

A safety car was called out for three laps due to debris on the track, and when racing resumed, Al Azhari found himself falling back as R-ace GP’s Jules Caranta overtook him on the restart. The final results saw Al Azhari finish in P10, with Caranta in P8.

Despite the challenges, Al Azhari maintained his provisional lead in the standings, pending investigation for possible overtaking during a safety car period.

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