Some of the current crop of young aspiring racing drivers who travel to the UAE on a regular basis to train with GulfSport Racing have been busy since their last event in Dubai. Azerbaijan’s Gulhuseyn Abdullayev has just been chosen as one of only three Official Ambassadors to the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe which takes place on the Baku Circuit on 19th June. Denmark’s 15 year old Cato Poulsen was featured at the recent Danish Motorsport Show where he was able to meet with potential sponsors ahead of his summer racing campaign in Europe.

Poulsen, heading GulfSport’s Formula Gulf Championship points table after 5 wins from 8 races will be looking to consolidate his position now that his arch rival, Saudi’s Mashuur Balhejaila has retired due to lack of sponsorship. However, the young Dane will likely be challenged by the newcomer from Azerbaijan who picked up a win at the last race.

With an F3 test in Spain with GP2 team Campos Racing and a VIP trip to Le Mans 24H courtesy of Gulf Oil up for grabs, second place in the points is now in the sights of Saudi’s Omar Gazzaz and Dubai based Italian racer Giulio Peroni who both now have the opportunity to finish 2nd in the points standings. This could go either way as both of these talented young drivers have made huge progress in this, their first season of single seater racing. At the time of writing, we are expecting the return of Bahrain’s youngest Formula car racer Abdallah Beshara who finished on the podium in both races at Yas Marina Circuit on his debut last month.

GulfSport Racing has trained 46 drivers from 20 countries in the UAE, many of whom have gone on to represent their country in Formula Renault, Formula 4, EuroFormula Open (F3), RX Lites (Rallycross) and the FIA Middle East Rally Championship.

Racing starts at 12.25pm on Friday at the Dubai Autodrome. Entry is free of charge.

Ben Potter

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