Dubai MRF Challenge: Picariello's third win in succession

Belgian Alessio Picariello extended his winning streak at Dubai, taking victory in the first race of the third round of the MRF Challenge.

This was Picariello's third win after his double victory at Bahrain, as he continues his fine run in the championship. He also clocked the fastest lap with a time of 2m00.061s.

Championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi meanwhile extended his points lead, finishing second after overtaking third-placed Nikita Troitskiy.

At the start, while Picariello converted pole into an early lead, Sean Walkinshaw and Max Fewtrell lost positions to Fittipaldi, Tatiana Calderon and Harrison Newey.

Walkinshaw ultimately retired from the race, while Fewtrell recovered after his early blip to finish sixth and will start on pole for the second race.

Calderon salvaged a good result starting from seventh to finish fourth, with Tarun Reddy making up four places to finish fifth.

After a great start, Newey lost out in the race as he finished seventh, while Nerses Isaakyan was eighth.

Aussie Dylan Young, having lost places at the start, clawed back ground towards the end to finish ninth while debutant Giuliano Alesi was 10th - a good run by the French driver after starting from 14th.

Pos. Drivers Laps Total Time/Gap
1 Alessio PICARIELLO 10 20m12.456s 
2 Pietro FITTIPALDI 10 1.156
3 Nikita TROITCKII 10 1.762
4 Tatiana CALDERON 10 8.917
5 Tarun REDDY 10 16.692
6 Max FEWTRELL 10 17.793
7 Harrison NEWEY 10 18.478
8 Nerses ISAAKYAN 10 22.859
9 Dylan YOUNG 10 24.788
10 Guliano ALESI 10 25.287
11 Jose-Luis ABADIN 10 29.559
12 Laura TILLETT 10 29.879
13 Matthew DRAPER 10 33.936
14 Arjun NARENDREN 10 35.843
15 Rik BREUKERS 10 53.134
16 Sean WALKINSHAW 4 6 Laps
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Series Indian Open Wheel
Event MRF Challenge: Dubai
Track Dubai Autodrome
Drivers Tatiana Calderon , Pietro Fittipaldi , Tarun Reddy , Giuliano Alesi , Harrison Newey , Nikita Troitskiy , Alessio Picariello
Article type Race report