AUSSIE young gun Joey Mawson continues to impress on the world stage, claiming four podiums in a row in the second round of the MRF Challenge in Dubai.
The 20-year-old won the German F4 Championship earlier in the year, besting high-profile rival Mick Schumacher (son of the legendary Michael).
Mawson has continued his form in the four-round MRF Challenge, taking a pair of runner-up finishes, a third, and a win, to solidify his championship lead at the halfway point in the championship.
“All in all it has been a great weekend and fantastic way to end the year,” said Mawson.
“There’s not really any better way to finish off the year, I got a race win and now have the championship lead going into the New Year.
“I really enjoyed the racing across the weekend and the track was great to drive on. It was a good flowing track and reminded me of some of the tracks I used to race on during my karting days.
“Dubai holds some very special memories for me, it was exactly five years ago when I finished on the podium at the Rotax World Karting Finals.”
Mawson led the first race of the round early on but finished runner-up, repeating the process in the second contest.
A damaged front wing hampered running in the third race of four, but Mawson pushed through to claim the final podium position.
The Aussie started fourth for the final race, climbing to second by the end of the first lap, before powering to victory with a 4.6-second lead.
The string of rostrum finishes means Mawson has finished on the podium in 26 of the 35 races he has contested this year.
Mawson holds a 28-point lead over Harrison Newey (son of Red Bull Racing’s design maestro Adrian), heading into the third round to be held in New Delhi on January 26-28.