Defourny, Chadwick to battle for MRF title in Chennai decider
The 2018/19 MRF Challenge season is set for an epic showdown in Chennai this weekend, as Max Defourny and Jamie Chadwick fight for the title in one of the world’s most popular winter single-seater series.
Defourny emerged as an early championship favourite following two victories in the opening round of the series in Dubai, but was comprehensively outgunned by female British racer Jamie Chadwick in Bahrain.
Chadwick scored three wins over the course of the second round, trimming down the gap to Defourny to 18 points in the standings.
With five races to be run across this weekend and over 100 points on offer - including points for pole position and fastest lap - both drivers have a strong shot at the MRF Challenge crown.
Neither Defourny nor Chadwick have won a single-seater title until now, but both have enjoyed plenty of success in Europe.
Defourny finished second in the 2016 Formula Renault NEC series, losing out only to 2019 McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris.
Chadwick, meanwhile, won the 2015 British GT title in the GT4 category and also scored a race victory in British F3 last season.
Either of the two will join an elite class of former MRF Challenge champions, including Harrison Newey - who will race in Super Formula in 2019 - and IndyCar driver Pietro Fittipaldi.
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British F3 champion joins grid
The final round of the MRF Challenge season will see some new additions, including Swedish racer Linus Lundqvist.
Lundqvist, who competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month, beat the likes of Indian racers Kush Maini and Krishnaraaj Mahadik, as well as Chadwick, on his way to the British F3 crown in 2018.
Saudi Arabia’s rising female talent Reema Al Juffali and karting graduate Glenn van Berlo are also new additions to the grid.
This weekend will also mark the start of the new MRF MMSC National Racing Championship, with several races to be held across MRF F1600, saloon cars (including Indian Touring Cars) and Formula LGB1300 categories.
Organisers have also lined-up an FMX show, where some top international riders will perform aerial stunts.
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