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Schumacher out to retain MRF Challenge lead in Dubai, Ghorpade returns

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Schumacher out to retain MRF Challenge lead in Dubai, Ghorpade returns

Mick Schumacher will be hoping to retain and extend his MRF Challenge championship lead in Round 2 at Dubai Autodrome, with Indian driver Parth Ghorpade joining the series.

Race winner Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Dylan Young
Race winner Harrison Newey
Dylan Young
Joey Mawson
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2 Nissan: Parth Ghorpade
Manuel Maldonado
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Podium: second place Joey Mawson, third place Mick Schumacher

After a successful season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit as a support race to WEC's 6 Hours of Bahrain, the Indian international championship battle will resume in Dubai this weekend.

Schumacher with 75 points heads into the round with three points advantage over European F3 driver Ralf Aron, while German F4 champion Joey Mawson and Harrison Newey chase the top two.

The German driver had a fruitful weekend in Bahrain claiming two wins to Aron's lone win and a podium.

With the Estonion not named in the entry list for Round 2, Mawson with 61 points becomes Schumacher's nearest challenger in the title battle.

Meanwhile, Newey's weekend was hampered with a retirement in Race 3 after starting the season claiming a win in Race 1, is right at the tail of Mawson.

Behind the top four, Italian F4 rookie winner Juri Vips sits fifth, having taken one podium and is six points adrift of Brazil's Felipe Drugovich.

Whereas Moraes Cardoso, Kimi Schramm, Dylan Young and Bruna Tomaselli rounds off the top 10 - although the latter will miss Dubai's round.

Among the new joinings, India's Ghorpade makes a return to the series having competed in few rounds in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.

Along with Ghorpade is British F4's Zane Goddard, who finished the 2016 season in eighth position competing for Double R Racing.

Round 2 entry list:

Driver
 Harrison Newey
 Mick Schumacher
 Joey Mawson
 Juri Vips
 Yoshiaki Katayama
 Manuel Maldonado
 Dylan Young
 Kimi Schramm
 Pavan Ravishanker
 Moraes Cardoso
 Felipe Drugovich
 Rinus Van Kalmthout
 Bobby Eberle
 Parth Ghorpade
 Zane Goddard
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