Aberdein set to wrap up UAE title
SOUTH Africa’s Jonathan Aberdein tightened his grip of the 2016-17 Formula 4 UAE title with a double win at the Dubai Autodrome last Saturday.
Capetonian Aberdein had been unbeaten in United Arab Emirates Formula 4 so far this year, but a scrappy reverse-grid caught Aberdein out as he fought back to third.
“Two more race wins — I’ll take them!” he told Motorsport Media. “It’s a pity our winning streak came to an end at eleven in a row, but that now makes it a little easier I suppose.”
The weekend started well, with Aberdein taking pole position by threetenths of a second over series newcomer, Venezuelan Sebastian Wahbeh, regular Motopark team-mate Logan Sargeant and Belgian newcomer Charles Weerts.
Aberdein romped home to an easy three-second win over Wahbeh, a winner in Italian F4 last year, and Sargeant.
That earned him a sixth on the reverse-grid Race 2 grid, but he was up to second by lap three when an accident brought the safety car out for five laps. Aberdein opted for the outside at the restart, but the race leader then outbraked himself, pushing Aberdein wide as he slipped back down to fifth.
He fought back to third but there were not enough laps left, although the position consolidated his iron grip on the championship, as closest rival Sargeant crashed out, leaving Wahbeh to win on debut from series regular Malukah and Aberdein.
“You can’t win them all,” Aberdein said. “But I was quickest in that race so I’m on pole for the last one.”
Race 3 saw Aberdein take his 12th win in 13 races started in the UAE series this season, but he had to beat team-mate Sargeant off.
He returns to action in the penultimate round of the Formula 4 UAE championship at the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit in Abu Dhabi on February 10-11, with a fair chance of wrapping up the title. — Motorsport Media.