Arthur Leclerc Tightens Grip on Championship as Mumbai Falcons Celebrate Triple Victories

Arthur Leclerc Tightens Grip on Championship as Mumbai Falcons Celebrate Triple Victories

06.02.2022: • Ferrari Academy Monégasque takes second championship win to extend Driver Classification lead • Mumbai Falcons win all three races with victories for Leclerc, Sebastian Montoya and Dino Beganovic


•    Ferrari Academy Monégasque takes second championship win to extend Driver Classification lead


•    Mumbai Falcons win all three races with victories for Leclerc, Sebastian Montoya and Dino Beganovic


•    Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pepe Marti strengthens lead in Rookie Cup




The talent-packed Formula Regional Asian Championship field delivered yet another trio of white-knuckle thrillers as the Mumbai Falcons’ Sebastian Montoya, Dino Beganovic and Arthur Leclerc took a win apiece in Round 3 at the Dubai Autodrome.



Racing on the full 5.39km GP track configuration for the first time this season, the FIA-Certified championship served up intense drama throughout the third of five triple-headers, with Leclerc extending his lead in the Driver Classification, sensational Rookie Pepe Marti strengthening his hold on the Rookie Cup, and the Mumbai Falcons swooping to conquer in the race for the Teams title.



Race 1 saw Sebastian Montoya takes his second overall victory and third Rookie Cup win from pole, leading home team mates Leclerc and Beganovic for a 1-2-3 podium lockout by the Mumbai Falcons team. In Race 2, championship returnee ‘Dynamite’ Dino Beganovic announced his comeback with an epic drive to take the honours from pole-sitter Michael Belov of Evans GP and Leclerc, with Marti fourth across the line and taking the Rookie Cup win.



The final race of the weekend saw Leclerc takes his second championship victory so far this season, heading home Marti and his Pinnacle Motorsport team mate and pole-sitter Dilano van’t Hoff.



Half way through the 2022 season Leclerc holds a 35-point lead at the top of the Driver Classification leaderboard over Marti in second. Montoya is currently third in the standings but now bows out of the championship to prepare for the European season, Beganovic is fourth and Hitech GP Red Bull Junior Isack Hadjar lies in fifth. However, with a maximum of 150 points still on offer, the title fight remains wide open.



In the Rookie Cup standings, with the absence of Montoya, Marti’s closest challenger is Hitech GP’s Leonardo Fornaroli, followed by the Italian’s team mate Joshua Dufek and the Evans GP pair of Levente Révész and Freddie Lubin.



Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Khaled Al Qubaisi continues to dominate the Masters Cup from BlackArts Racing’s Thomas Luedi and Pinnacle Motorsport’s Salih Yoluç. Topping the race for the Teams title are the Mumbai Falcons, with Pinnacle Motorsport climbing to second ahead of Hitech GP.



The teams and drivers will have three more opportunities to gain championship points at the Dubai Autodrome in Round 4, also on the full GP circuit, from February 11-13. For the fifth and final round of the 2022 season the series returns to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the season-closing triple-header from February 17-20.




 Nikki Kemp-  photo FRAC

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