2015–16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship

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2015–16 MRF Challenge
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The 2015–2016 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship was the fourth running of the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship. It began on 31 October 2015 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi and finished on 31 January 2016 at the Madras Motor Racing Track, India. The series comprised 14 races, spread across four meetings, with the second round in Sakhir being a support event to the FIA World Endurance Championship.[1]

Drivers[edit]

No. Driver Rounds
2 Colombia Tatiana Calderón[2] All
3 Australia Dylan Young[2] All
4 Russia Nikita Troitskiy[2] All
5 United Kingdom Max Fewtrell[2] All
6 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw[2] 1–3
7 United Kingdom Harrison Newey[2] All
8 United Kingdom Matt Draper[2][3] 1–3
9 United Kingdom Jake Dennis[2] 1
10 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[2] 1
11 United Kingdom Alice Powell[2] 1
12 India Karthik Tharani[2][3] 1–2, 4
14 India Arjun Narendran[2][3] All
15 India Tarun Reddy[2] All
16 United Kingdom Laura Tillett[2] All
17 Russia Nerses Isaakyan[2] All
18 Brazil Matheus Leist[4] 2
19 Germany Sebastian Balthasar[2] 1
20 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins[4] 2
21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi[2] All
22 France Christophe Mariot[4] 2
23 Belgium Sam Dejonghe[4] 2
24 Belgium Alessio Picariello[4] 2–4
25 Netherlands Rik Breukers[5] 3
26 Spain José Luis Abadín[5] 3
27 France Giuliano Alesi[3][5] 3
28 Finland Aleksanteri Huovinen[6] 4
29 Germany Mick Schumacher[6] 4
85 Brazil Enzo Bortoleto[6] 4

Race calendar and results[edit]

The second round in Bahrain was held in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver
2015
1 R1 United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 30 October Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
R2 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Russia Nikita Troitskiy
R3 31 October Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
R4 United Kingdom Jake Dennis Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
2 R1 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 20 November Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello
R2 Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello
3 R1 United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome, Dubai 18 December Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello
R2 Colombia Tatiana Calderón Colombia Tatiana Calderón
R3 19 December Belgium Alessio Picariello Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Belgium Alessio Picariello
R4 Belgium Alessio Picariello Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
2016
4 R1 India Madras Motor Racing Track, Chennai 30 January Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
R2 Belgium Alessio Picariello Russia Nikita Troitskiy
R3 31 January Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Harrison Newey Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
R4 Belgium Alessio Picariello Belgium Alessio Picariello

Championship standings[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th R1 PP FL
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 2 2
Drivers' standings
Pos. Driver ABU
United Arab Emirates
BHR
Bahrain
DUB
United Arab Emirates
CHE
India
Points
1 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi 2 3 5 1 4 2 2 5 3 1 1 5 1 4 244
2 Colombia Tatiana Calderón 5 2 3 2 3 6 4 1 4 3 5 4 4 3 199
3 Russia Nikita Troitskiy 4 1 6 6 2 3 3 2 2 DSQ 8 1 3 5 191
4 Belgium Alessio Picariello 1 1 1 8 1 2 4 Ret 6 1 181
5 United Kingdom Harrison Newey 10 7 7 16 7 4 7 Ret 5 DSQ 2 2 2 8 107
6 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 1 5 1 4 80
7 India Tarun Reddy 6 4 4 3 11 Ret 5 12 7 10 6 Ret 12 9 74
8 Russia Nerses Isaakyan 12 9 11 7 Ret 9 8 4 13 4 7 3 Ret Ret 59
9 United Kingdom Jake Dennis 3 6 2 5 53
10 Germany Mick Schumacher 3 6 5 2 51
11 United Kingdom Max Fewtrell 11 11 10 13 10 10 6 3 8 Ret 10 7 7 6 51
12 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw 8 8 8 10 6 8 Ret Ret 6 9 35
13 Australia Dylan Young 15† 12 12 11 8 11 9 6 Ret 7 9 9 9 7 32
14 Brazil Matheus Leist 5 5 20
15 Netherlands Rik Breukers 15 11 10 5 11
16 United Kingdom Laura Tillett Ret 15 14 9 Ret 16 12 10 14 6 12 Ret 11 13 11
17 Spain José Luis Abadín 11 7 11 8 10
18 United Kingdom Alice Powell 9 10 9 8 9
19 Belgium Sam Dejonghe 9 7 8
20 Germany Sebastian Balthasar 7 17 Ret 15 6
21 Brazil Enzo Bortoleto 11 8 Ret 10 5
22 Finland Aleksanteri Huovinen Ret 10 8 12 5
23 France Giuliano Alesi 10 Ret 9 12 3
24 United Kingdom Matt Draper 13 14 15 14 13 13 13 9 12 Ret 2
25 India Arjun Narendran 14 16 16 Ret 14 14 14 13 15 11 14 12 10 11 1
26 India Karthik Tharani Ret 13 13 12 12 12 13 11 Ret Ret 0
27 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins 15 15 0
28 France Christophe Mariot 16 17 0
Pos. Driver ABU
United Arab Emirates
BHR
Bahrain
DUB
United Arab Emirates
CHE
India
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MRF Challenge 2015 Brochure" (PDF). MRF Limited. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Allen, Peter (27 October 2015). "Matsushita, Dennis and Fittipaldi for MRF opener in Abu Dhabi". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chokhani, Darsan (29 January 2016). "Alesi misses MRF finale after visa problems". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Chokhani, Darsan (16 November 2015). "Fittipaldi, Calderon and Reddy set to resume MRF Challenge battle". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Chokhani, Darsan (14 December 2015). "Fittipaldi, Troitskiy and Calderon ready for Dubai; Alesi to debut". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Chokhani, Darsan (27 January 2016). "Mick Schumacher to race in MRF Challenge title decider". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

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