The final race of the second round of the Formula Regional Middle East Championship saw Tuukka Taponen claim another victory, in what has undoubtedly been a weekend dominated by the Ferrari junior driver.

 

With two pole positions and one win already behind him, Taponen charged ahead from pole to maintain his lead, setting the fastest lap in the first three laps, and allowing him to establish a lead of over 2.7 seconds.

 

Following behind was Race 2 winner, Sainteloc Racing’s Theophile Nael, and PHM AIX’s Taylor Barnard in third.

Taponen handled each of the two safety car restarts perfectly, with the Finnish driver’s confidence shining through on the track. In contrast to Race 1, Nael had an incident-free race to secure second place.

 

A race-long battle unfolded between Barnard and Taponen’s R-ace GP teammate Martinius Stenshorne, with Barnard ultimately winning by a margin of just 0.165 seconds.

 

Stenshorne got ahead of Mumbai Falcons’ James Wharton at the start of the race, while Wharton defended against his teammate Ugo Ugochukwu. Stenshorne attempted to overtake Barnard into the chicane, allowing Wharton to pass Barnard into turn nine.

 

A safety car was deployed after an incident between Evans GP’s Costa Toparis and Sainteloc Racing’s Pedro Clerot at turn 12.

Stenshorne demoted Wharton before another safety car, caused by Pinnacle Motorsport’s Mari Boya and Mumbai Falcons’ Arvid Lindblad’s collision, leading to their retirement and post-race steward investigation.

 

With limited time, the track was cleared for a one-lap sprint, where Taponen executed a late but effective restart.

 

In the midfield, Mumbai Falcons’ Rafael Camara lost his front wing, dropping him out of the points.

 

Barnard held off Stenshorne, with Wharton, MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella, and Ugochukwu completing the top six.

 

Current results remain provisional pending an investigation into the Boya and Lindblad incident, as well as a call from the stewards for further scrutineering checks on car #44, Nael, who finished P2 in the provisional classification.

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