Drugovich adds one more to his kitty

Felipe Drugovich brought his car home comfortably yet again in the third round of the MRF Challenge 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit here on Friday night.

Felipe Drugovich of Brazil holding the cup that cheers after the fourth race in the third round of the MRF Challenge 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.   -  Special Correspondent

Felipe Drugovich brought his car home comfortably yet again in the third round of the MRF Challenge 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit here on Friday night.

After winning three races in a row, it was quite evident that the Brazilian star would seal the last race of the day as well. He did that in style and with total authority much to the joy of the men who worked hard on his car.

Even as Rinus Van Kalmthout (The Netherlands), Julien Falchero (France) and Presley Martono (Indonesia) battled hard at the back, Drugovich, who started on pole, did not bother much about what was happening behind but whistled his way merrily right through to take the chequered flag in 21:52.173. He was able to rule the track race after race because the car was ideally suited him and so was the track.

Van Kalmthout was quite pleased to have finished second as had a miserable qualifying outing that ended in a crash and dented a bit of his confidence.

Four wins in as many races has boosted his points in a big way.

Drugovich continues to remain the championship leader with a whopping 260 points. Martono (174) and Van Kalmthout (165) are way behind. It will be a tough task from here for the duo to catch up with the Brazilian, who has been in terrific nick.

The final round is slated at Chennai February next. With only four races to go, all that table-topper Drugovich needs to do is to play it calm and safe. One good win is enough for him to seal the deal. And he wants to do exactly that.

“It was a perfect weekend and I have never had a nice outing like this in any other circuit. The team was amazing and I dedicate these victories to them,” said Drugovich.

The results

Race 4: 1. Felipe Drugovich (Bra) 21:53.173; 2. Rinus Van Kalmthout (Nld) 21:58.475; 3. Julien Falchero (Fra) 22:02.770.

(The writer is in Abu Dhabi at the invitation of MRF Tyres).

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