Weerts claims F4 UAE title
Charles Weerts clinched his maiden open-wheeler title as he became the second F4 UAE champion by dominating all races in Dubai. Coming into the final round 13 points ahead of rival David Schumacher, the 17-year-old Belgian racer claimed the victory in all four 30-minute races to not only seal the drivers championship but help his Dubai-based Dragon Motopark F4 team claim the teams championship as well.
Last season, Weerts contested three rounds of F4 UAE with German outfit Team Motopark, claiming six top-five results and one podium finish. He continued on with the ADAC Formel 4 Championship in Germany last year where he came second in the rookie standings before returning to the UAE with the recently merged outfit Dragon Motopark F4. Over the six rounds and 23 races contested in the 2017/18 F4 UAE Championship, Weerts dominated from the first race, taking the opening victory last December at the Yas Marina Circuit. He went on to win a total of eight races, with 17 podium finishes and was fastest in qualifying twice out of six rounds.
“Congratulations to Charles and Dragon Motopark F4 after their strong success this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome,” said Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, Chairman of the Emirates Motor Sport Federation and FIA Vice President for Sport, “For Charles to start his open-wheeler career here in F4 UAE, and then come back stronger and faster to win the title this time is a great achievement for him and the championship, which always aims to provide the best training platform to help these young drivers become racing stars of the future. Also, congratulations to everyone at Dragon Motopark F4, a team that has set a benchmark for motorsport in this country, and their investment and support of the championship is now being rewarded. We look forward to F4UAE growing even bigger next season.”
David Schumacher – who joined the championship as a rookie at Round 2 – won a total of three races and scored 16 podium finishes out of 19 starts, eventually finishing 22 points behind Weerts in the drivers championship. Schumacher also took home the F4 UAE Rookie Championship. Schumacher’s US Racing teammate Tom Beckhäuser finished a commendable third outright after contesting the full season, and also claimed the F4 UAE Sportsmanship Award at the end-of-season-gala dinner, which was voted on by peers and category representatives.
In the teams championship, Dragon Motopark F4 finished in the lead by 19 points by season’s end, able to beat fellow UAE-based outfit SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai during the final four races of the seaosn.
Twenty-one different drivers from 12 countries competed in F4 UAE this season, with nine of them winning races since the championship began back in December 2017 at Yas Marina Circuit.