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MRF Challenge 2017 to begin in Bahrain on November 16

The FIA sanctioned MRF Challenge 2017 championship will feature four rounds with 16 races in Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Chennai. This year will also see an updated Formula 2000 car featuring inputs from legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey.

other sports Updated: Nov 03, 2017 15:20 IST
HT Correspondent
Bahrain will host the opening round of the MRF Challenge from November 16-18.
Bahrain will host the opening round of the MRF Challenge from November 16-18. (HT Photo )

The sixth edition of the MRF Challenge will commence in Bahrain in November alongside the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The FIA sanctioned MRF Challenge 2017 championship will feature four rounds with 16 races in Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Chennai. This year will also see an updated Formula 2000 car featuring inputs from legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey.

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The Indian racing series, which features Formula 3 style cars, will have cars with a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox with integrated paddle shift system for the first time.

The F2000 car is powered by a 2-litre Mountune Duratec engine with max power of 230 bhp and shod on MRF ZLO tyres. It has been built by JA Motorsport in technical collaboration with Dallara.

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There will be a full grid of 18 cars this year. Returning drivers include Italian F4 runner up and title favourite Felipe Drugovich, Dylan Young, Manuel Maldonado and Rinus Van Kalmthout. They will be joined by Louis Gachot, son of former Formula 1 driver Bertrand Gachot.

Former drivers of the MRF Challenge include Formula 3 drivers Harrison Newey, Mick Schumacher, Joey Mawson, V8 Championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi and Indycar driver Conor Daly.

MRF Challenge 2017-18 calendar:

Round 1: November 16-18, 2017, Bahrain

Round 2: December 7-9, 2017, Dubai

Round 3: December 13-15, 2017, Abu Dhabi

Round 4: February 2-4, 2018, Chennai

Driver Line-up:

Nazim Azman (Malaysia), Harri Jones (Australia), Richard Wagner (Germany), Robert Megennis (USA), Henning Enqvist (Sweden), Julien Falchero (France), Daniel Nielsen Frost (Singapore), Rinus Van Kalmthout (Netherlands), Perdana Putra Minang (Indonesia), Kurt Hill (Australia), Dylan Young (Australia), Pavan Ravishankar (Singapore), Alex Karkosik (Poland), Michelangelo Amendola (Belgium), Felipe Drugovich (Brazil), Presley Martono (Indonesia), Louis Gachot (France), Manuel Maldonado (Venezuela)