Theophile Nael dominated the second race at Yas Marina for Round 2 of the Formula Regional Middle East Championship, securing his and Sainteloc Racing’s first Formula Regional win.

 

Having received a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with PHM AIX’s Taylor Barnard in Race 1, Nael found himself pushed up to P3 thanks to a reverse grid.

 

On pole position was Mumbai Falcons’ Ugo Ugochukwu, who had a sluggish start, fending off challenges from PHM AIX’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Nael. However, Nael skilfully manoeuvred around the outside to seize the lead of the race.

Early in the race, Pinnacle Motorsport’s Giovanni Maschio hit the barriers, leading to a pit stop with a damaged rear wing. Meanwhile, Mumbai Falcons’ James Wharton moved into fourth place.

 

A battle for fifth between Sainteloc Racing’s Matteo de Palo and R-ace GP’s Zachary David led to contact between the two drivers on the second lap, leading to David’s retirement. De Palo continued his race from the back.

 

Nael steadily built a substantial lead over Inthraphuvasak, while Rafael Camara of Mumbai Falcons advanced to third, closely pursued by Pinnacle Motorsport’s Mari Boya.

Wharton attempted an overtake on Ugochukwu, resulting in a collision and the subsequent deployment of the safety car. Racing resumed with Nael maintaining his lead into Turn 9.

 

R-ace GP’s Tuukka Taponen made a bold move on Boya for third but went off the track in the attempt. Boya persistently pressured Camara, eventually overtaking him, while Taponen continued to battle with Camara. The duel gave R-ace GP’s Martinius Stenshorne the perfect opportunity to dive in between the two drivers on the main straight, but Taponen covered the inside line, maintaining P4. Camara was forced to yield, falling back to P6, with Stenshorne claiming P5. fourth after a spirited duel with Camara.

 

Barnard’s bad luck streak continued, with the driver being forced to retire his car after hitting the barriers at T14.

 

The fastest lap of the race was recorded by Boya at 1:51.133.

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