Ferrari’s Beganovic wins FRMEC thriller as last-lap confusion costs Mini

In the round-up: Ferrari academy driver Dino Beganovic won the opening round of the Formula Regional Middle East Championship in Dubai yesterday after confusion over the finish of the race.

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Ferrari junior Beganovic wins as confusion costs Mini in FRMEC opener

Ferrari academy driver Dino Beganovic won the opening round of the Formula Regional Middle East Championship in Dubai yesterday after confusion over the finish of the race appeared to cost Gabriele Mini a chance at victory.

Beganovic had been locked into a tense battle with Hitech driver Mini on the penultimate lap, as time expired, TV graphics displayed in error that the race was on the final lap. As the pair battled at the end of the lap, Mini tried to squeeze Beganovic to the pit wall on the run to the line, only for both drivers to be shown a board by marshals indicating they had one more lap remaining.

Mini he appeared to back off while Beganovic took the lead and completed the final lap to win. Matias Zagazeta finished second and Taylor Barnard third after starting 27th on the grid. Mercedes junior driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli took fourth, while Mini fell down to sixth by the end of the race.

Verstappen starts fourth in Virtual Le Mans

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen will start fourth on the grid for the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours race today after his number one Team Redline team were unable to take pole position in hyperpole.

Verstappen’s car – shared with team mates Luke Browning, Jeffrey Rietveld and Diogo Pinto – were almost four tenths of a second slower than the pole winning Porsche Coanda number 20 of Laurin Heinrich, Ayhancan Güven, Joshua Rogers and Mitchell deJong and a tenth slower than their Fellow Team Redline team mates of car number two in third.

The 24 hour endurance race, held on the rFactor 2 platform, will start today at 1pm GMT.

Ugochukwu starts F4 season with victory

McLaren junior driver Ugo Ugochukwu kicked off his racing season with victory in the first race of the UAE F4 series in Dubai.

Ugochukwu converted pole position to beat Valerio Rinicella by two seconds, with James Wharton completing the podium in third. In his first ever car race, Ferrari academy driver Tuukka Taponen took the fastest lap on his way to finishing ninth after starting third on the grid.

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