With just six rounds of the UAE’s single seater championship left to run, all eyes will be on the battle between Kenya’s Tejas Hirani and Kuwait’s Ahmed Al Ghanem as they head to Dubai this weekend for Rounds 9 and 10. Hirani is slightly ahead on points after winning 4 races compared with Al Ghanem’s 3 victories. But after 4 events, they both have taken pole position twice, and they have recorded fastest race laps three times each.
Spanish GP2 team, Campos Racing is providing a Formula 3 test and GP2 simulator training to the resulting Formula Gulf champion so the pressure is immense for these two ambitious young drivers. Gulf Oil, one of the most famous oil brands in the world, with its historical strength in endurance motorsport will take the Formula Gulf Vice Champion to the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour as a guest of Aston Martin Racing.
Ahmad Al GhanemThere is an equally entertaining competition taking place for a podium finish between Saudi racer Mashhur Bal Hejaila, Kuwait’s Yousuf Al Bader and Oman’s Al Faisal Al Zubair all of whom are capable of doing so. Neil Greer and Keverne McShine race in the Masters Class.
Formula Gulf is a Competition Driving School that crucially equips young drivers with the knowledge and experience required to make good use of any investment their parents or sponsors may make when they move up to more expensive junior championships such as FIA F4, Formula Renault or EuroFormula Open, something that many Formula Gulf Graduates have previously done. All drivers work with GulfSport’s professional driver coach Andy Pardoe to improve their driving technique based on analysis of shared data downloaded from the car’s data loggers. With the demise of BMW’s Talent Cup and Ferrari’s Florida Winter Series, Dubai is quietly becoming a preferred destination for ambitious young drivers who need to get up to speed in the winter.
Qualifying starts at 1pm on Thursday at the Dubai Autodrome – admission is free of charge.
Ben Potter
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