Daniel Frost, Max Defourny open their MRF Challenge accounts

Daniel Frost notched his maiden win by topping Race-2 after having finished third in Race-1, where Max Defourny won from pole position.

Max Defourny in action during the MRF Challenge at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

Singapore’s Daniel Frost and Belgian Max Defourny scored a race and a podium apiece to open their accounts in the first round of MRF Challenge at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday.

The 17-year-old Frost, in his second season in the championship, thus notched his maiden win by topping Race-2 after having finished third in Race-1 that the 20-year-old Defourny won from pole position.

In Race-1, Frost made up five places to come in third and in the next outing, climbed from fourth on the reverse grid to win.

In contrast, Defourny dominated Race-1 with a lights-to-flag victory and in the next race, sliced his way through from sixth on the reverse grid to finish third behind pole-sitter Czech Republic’s Petr Ptacek who did well to hold off the Belgian over the last couple of laps.

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Daniel Frost (68) in action during the MRF Challenge at the Dubai Autodrome.   -  Special Arrangement

 

“I had a good start and made positions in the very first lap before taking the lead. Thereafter, I consolidated my track position and it was quite comfortable in the end,” said Frost.

India’s Chetan Korada was placed 10th and 12th in the two races. He started Race-1 from the pitlane following an engine change but said he was pleased to improve his lap times while getting used to the car.

Earlier, Defourny put his pole position start to best use in Race-1 and was never seriously challenged even as he nursed his early lead though eschewing risk.

Behind him, the 20-year-old Jamie Chadwick, who started second, slipped a bit, losing a couple of track positions, but recovered to regain her second spot while Frost drove well to finish third from eighth on the grid.

 

 

The results

Race-1 (10 laps): 1. Max Defourny (Belgium); 2. Jamie Chadwick (GBR); 3. Danial Frost (Singapore). 

Race-2 (10 laps): 1. Daniel Frost (Singapore); 2. Petr Ptacek (Czech Republic); 3. Max Defourny (Belgium).

Qualifying (30 minutes): 1. Max Defourny (Belgium) (01:56.819); 2. Jamie Chadwick (UK) (01:56.937); 3. Andreas Estner (Germany) (01:57.502); 4. Dylan Young (Australia) (01:57.730).