Aberdein set to wrap up UAE ti­tle

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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.

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