UAE: Season four of UAE’s single-seater series sees more International entries
Dubai – Monday, Nov 10th – Season four of the UAE’s fastest racing series, Formula Gulf 1000 promises to be the most competitive yet with aspiring young professional drivers signed up from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kenya, UK and the Republic of Kosovo.
Increasingly recognised outside of the UAE as a high-quality driver development program, interest heightened this year partly due to the demise of two similar programs in Europe (BMW Talent Cup) and the USA (Florida Winter Series), and the introduction of a number of regional Formula 4 Championships by the FIA.
Championship organiser Gulf Sport, Barry Hope said “Motor racing is expensive and if you are not properly trained and prepared, then it really is a waste of money. Running this program in the UAE during the winter enables drivers to prepare cost-effectively ahead of their planned 2015 championships. We have more drivers wanting to train than cars”.
Campos Racing, owned by Spanish ex-Formula One racer Adrián Campos has offered an F3 test with a day of training in their high-tech GP2 simulator for the eventual winner of the Championship and Technical Partner, Gulf Oil will invite the Vice Champion to be their VIP guest at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour with the Aston Martin Racing team.
Campos Racing’s 17 year old Ahmed Al Ghanem (Kuwait) has been exceptionally quick in testing and with the intensive coaching and close racing that is part of Formula Gulf he hopes to make his mark in the EuroFormula Open series (F3). Virage Racing Academy’s 15 year old Edi Haxhiu (Kosovo) who competed in the Italian FIA F4 series and Kenya’s Tejas Hirani, who at 16 is a successful off-road racer are both seen as potential winners of the championship.
This season sees the emergence of Oman’s first single seater racer in the form of AlFaisal Al Zubair, a 16 year old kart racer who showed great promise as he got to grips with his FG11 race car in testing and could well spring a surprise once the season gets underway. Ex F.BMW racer Mashour Bin Hejaila (KSA) and ex-Radical racer Yousef Al Bader (Kuwait) both graduated successfully from one of GulfSport’s 2-day training programs which ran earlier this year and should do well.
With the introduction of a Masters Class for over 25’s, airline pilot and ex-motorcycle racer Neil Greer (UK) hopes to find time to do many of the events when he’s not flying as will Trinidad & Tobago ex-karting and rally Champion Keverne McShine.
All drivers visiting Dubai benefit from preferential rates with Championship Hospitality partner Towers Rotana.
Racing starts with Round 1 at the Dubai Autodrome this Friday 14th November. Entrance is free.
Report submitted by GulfSport Racing.