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Weekly Racing Roundup (2.4.19)

Reports from 4H Abu Dhabi and TCR Middle East, plus news from the past week…

Photo: Creventic

Avelon Formula Takes Second 24H Series Middle East Win

Avelon Formula took its second win in as many weeks in the second round of the 24H Series Middle East Championship, Saturday’s Hankook 4 Hours of Dubai.

Ivan Bellarosa and Guglielmo Belotti shared the Wolf GB08 Tornado, the only prototype entered in the field, completing 102 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit.

The rest of the field, which increased to seven cars from the inaugural round’s four, included a Porsche 991-I Cup entered by Speed Lover and a quintet of TCR cars.

Speed Lover finished runner-up overall, nine laps down on the Avelon Formula crew, while the TCR class win and third on track went to Red with its Cupra TCR driven by Ivo and Luc Breukers.

The race, which served as the second of three races in the new-for-2019 24H Series Middle East Championship, was Creventic’s first official event in Abu Dhabi.

The championship concludes this weekend with a ten-hour enduro at Dubai Autodrome.

RESULTS: 4H Abu Dhabi

Photo: Creventic

Muennich Continues Sweep of TCR Middle East Series

Rene Muennich has continued his sweep of the TCR Middle East Series, notching another pair of wins at Yas Marina Circuit. 

He won both 30-minute sprint races, held in support of the Hankook 4H Abu Dhabi, with his Honda Civic FK7 TCR entered under the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport banner.

The German finished ahead of Luc Breukers in both races, with winning margins of 39 and 54 seconds, although he expects the Dutchman to pose more of a challenge next weekend for the final two rounds in Dubai.

“You can see that Luc’s pace is growing, and we’re going back to a circuit we’ve already raced this year, so it may be more difficult to win there,” Muennich admitted.

RESULTS: Race 1; Race 2

News & Notes

***La Filiere Frederic Sausset by SRT41 will enter the Ultimate Cup Series this year, with a Ligier JS P3 Nissan driven by Snoussi ben Moussa, Nigel Bailly and Takuma Aoki. The trio of disabled racers competed in VdeV last year.

***ORECA has become the engine supplier to the Super TC2000 series in Argentina, producing a four-cylinder, two-liter turbocharged engine for the touring car championship

***DHL has extended its partnership with the FIA World Endurance Championship to continue as official logistics partner until 2021. DHL Global Forwarding is responsible for shipping all of the teams’ equipment to overseas events, including cars, tires and fuel.

***China GT has introduced a new category named GTM, open to GT3 cars homologated before 2014, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, BMW Z4 GT3 and first-gen Bentley Continental GT3. The all-Am class will run in addition to the existing GT3, GT4 and GTC classes.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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