UAE: Double wins for Tejas Hirani in Formula Gulf 1000

UAE: Double wins for Tejas Hirani in Formula Gulf 1000
Tejas Hirani in Formula Gulf 1000

Tejas Hirani 

March 2nd 2015 – Having qualified on Pole Position for Round 9 of the UAE’s single-seater championship by just 0.168 ahead of Kuwaiti racer Ahmed Al Ghanim, 16 year old Tejas Hirani lined up for the first of two 50km races this weekend.

But as the red lights went out it was Al Ghanim who made the better start from P2 with Hirani tucking in behind with the huge task of getting past. Saudi’s Mashuur Bal Hejaila also made a good start as did Kuwaiti Yousef Al Bader so they also had a battle for 3rd. Going into Turn 10 on the second lap Hirani picked up the tow, made his move, Al Ghanim blocked, Hirani went down the inside and the cars came together with bits of bodywork flying in all directions! But it was the boy from Nairobi that came out on top and took the checkered flag, with Al Ghanem finishing in second and Bal Hejaila picking up another 3rd place trophy. Hirani’s fastest lap of 2:01.302 broke the GP Circuit lap record by more than 3 tenths of a second!

Race two was to be one of the best FG1000 races the Dubai Autodrome had seen as again Al Ghanim blasted past Hirani but this time with Bal Hejaila very close behind them as they all went side by side down to Turn 1. But at the end of the first lap it was Hirani, Al Ghanim, Bal Hejaila , Al Zubair, Al Bader and Greer pretty much nose to tail.

On the second lap Kuwaiti driver Yousuf Al Bader got past young AlFaisal and started to real in Bal Hejaila. Amazingly, by lap 5 the first five drivers were all running on the same second laptime (2:02) around this 5.4km Grand Prix circuit and on lap 7 Al Bader recorded the fastest lap so far at 2:01.866 which was better than the fastest lap set in the Porsche GT3 Cup race by his compatriot Zaid Ashkanani who spent much of the weekend in the Formula Gulf 1000 camp with his Kuwaiti friends.

Unfortunately, the pace got too hot for Al Bader as he spun out of contention on lap 8. Up front Hirani was closing the gap to Al Ghanem and on the last lap he made his move going into Turn 10 and took the lead which he only had to hold for 6 more corners to take the win by just 18 hundredths of a second. Bal Hejaila finished in third, but with Al Zubair closing extremely rapidly on him just a second behind at the end.

Many people commented that these young drivers put on the best race of the day and were looking forward to seeing them in action again at Yas Marina Circuit on 13th March.

Formula Gulf 1000 is a Competition Driving School that crucially equips young drivers with the knowledge and experience required when they move up to FIA F4, Formula Renault or EuroFormula Open, something that many Formula Gulf 1000 graduates have previously done.

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Formula Gulf Academy

Testing Opportunity on the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit
19th and 20th December 2018.

GulfSport Racing announces a unique opportunity for experienced racing drivers to gain amazing seat time in their 186bhp slicks and wings single seater race cars alongside European F4 drivers preparing for UAE F4.

You will drive the floodlit circuit on two evenings. On day 1 you will get familiar with 12 corners of the 2.36kms South Circuit then move up to the full 21 corners of the 5.5kms Grand Prix circuit on day 2 on new tyres. You will work with top international driver coach Andy Pardoe in all sessions using data and video and you will be engineered by GulfSport’s Martin Hope. Using the same Hankook slick tyres as the F4 cars, on a lighter chassis and with more power, lap times will be comparable.

Over the course of two days you will have up to 360 minutes of track time to use. FIA homologated racewear and HANS required.

This testing not run under an FIA Race permit so there is no need for you to request Start Permission from your home ASN.

Limited availability. For more information please send your details to or call Martin on +971 50 2725091 or Barry on +44 7517 335172
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