Race win and Championship lead for Mawson in Dubai

Australian Joey Mawson enjoyed an almost perfect weekend at Round Two of the MRF Challenge in Dubai.

The PODIUM-backed driver secured pole position for both race one and three during qualifying, before going on to record four podium finishes from his four races.

After leading the early stages of race one, Mawson carded a pair of runner-up placings in the opening two encounters. He then battled with damage to his front wing in race three before crossing the line third.

After starting fourth, Mawson starred in the final 10-lap encounter slotting into second on the opening lap. He then found his way into the lead and drove away to claim the victory by 4.6 seconds.

This race win secured the 26th podium finish from the 35 races he contested throughout 2016.

“All in all it has been a great weekend and fantastic way to end the year,” said Mawson.

“There’s not really any better way to finish off the year, I got a race win and now have the championship lead going into the New Year.

“I really enjoyed the racing across the weekend and the track was great to drive on. It was a good flowing track and reminded me of some of the tracks I used to race on during my karting days.

“Dubai holds some very special memories for me, it was exactly five years ago when I finished on the podium at the Rotax World Karting Finals.”

The victory in race four elevated Mawson to the top of the championship standings. At the half way mark of the four-round championship, he holds a 28-point buffer over Harrison Newey in second.

The next round of the MRF Challenge is in New Delhi on January 26-28.