Sat, Feb 15th 2014 – The Dubai Motorsport Festival took place at Dubai Autodrome GP Circuit this past weekend with races over both Friday and Saturday, with an impressive schedule of top notch championship racing and a host of paddock based, off track, activities for race fans.
Morning practice for EMAL racing on Thursday was postponed due to heavy rainfall overnight that flooded sections of the GP Circuit and had to be cleared by the DA staff. So practice time for the EMAL team was limited to a 1 hour 20 min practice session, also sharing the track session with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and with an additional session of 2 x 30min afternoon practice on a somewhat slippery track on old tires, they experienced some gear change problems with the Radical SR3 Clubman but overall the sessions went well for the team with AUH Motorsports mechanic ‘Sting Ray’ ending the day working to solve the gear change issue.
Graeme Hannah, commented on race 1 “The morning qualifying session was with Ahmed Al Hammadi who is our newest (and fastest) team driver competing in only his 4th race weekend since gaining his race licence. His qualifying time was slightly hampered by ongoing gear change issue but was still good enough for starting in pole position in Clubman Class and 6th place overall on the starting grid. Ahmed started Race 1 and from the rolling start and was quickly involved in several exciting position changes with our class rivals and soon took the lead pushing hard and increasing the gap considerably with impressive lap times, handing over to Mark Jordan at the driver change with a healthy lead in our class. Mark continued the push and maintained the gap between our rivals, pushing for some fast lap times and securing a class win and 4th place overall. Both drivers still reported gear change issues but less frequent than previous.”
Saturday, Race 2: Morning qualifying was taken by Graeme Hannah who struggled with recurrence of previous gear change issues where his SR3 car was jumping into lower gear on right turns so only managed 3rd position in class and 9th overall on the grid. Thankfully after further investigation in the garage, the main issue with the car was identified and solved with a simple fix so it would be a relieved but confident Graeme going into Race 2 in the afternoon.
Ahmed got straight to the task of stretching the class further lead with consistently fast driving on already hard driven tires, his extra speed almost catching the car in overall 5th place so another well-deserved class win for the team and 6th place overall.
Once again team work and commitment paid dividends for the EMAL Radical Race Team and they look forward to challenging for top spot again in Round 6.
EMAL Team are sponsored by Emirates Aluminium and is comprised of Team Drivers – Mark Jordan ( British), Ahmed Al Hammadi (UAE) and Graeme Hannah (British)
Team Members & Trainee drivers – Logan Hannah (British), Ahmed Baba (UAE ) and lady Naseem Al Kendi (UAE) who are currently both training to attain their race licence qualifications.
Report submitted by EMAL racing Team
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