UAE: Al Ghanem and Hirani fight for title in Formula Gulf decider this weekend

UAE: Al Ghanem and Hirani fight for title in Formula Gulf decider this weekend
Kuwaiti Ahmed Al Ghanem could take the crown this weekend at Dubai Autodrome

Kuwaiti Ahmed Al Ghanem could take the crown this weekend at Dubai Autodrome

This Friday sees a serious showdown between four very talented young racing drivers fighting for the final three positions of the 2014/15 Formula Gulf 1000 Championship.

Ahmed Al Ghanem’s convincing double win at Yas Marina Circuit last month put huge pressure on Tejas Hirani as the gap closed to just 19 points.

With 57 points on offer at this event on the Dubai International Circuit neither driver can afford to play safe and they are both desperate to put a Championship win on their Racing CV and win the F3 test with leading GP2 team Campos Racing in Valencia.

Kenya's Tejas Hirani is looking to make his future dream come true in RX Lights

Kenya’s Tejas Hirani is looking to make his future dream come true in RX Lites

Whilst Al Ghanem is looking to follow a professional career in single seaters, Hirani’s camp is currently trying to raise a budget to compete in RXLites, a support series to the World Rallycross Championship.

The fight between Mashhur Bal Hejaila and Yousuf Al Bader is even closer with Bal Hejaila just 5 points ahead. Given that Al Bader surprised both Al Ghanem and Hirani by setting the fastest lap of Round 11, Bal Hejaila is not going to find it easy to hang on to his slender lead. Fortunately, they will not have to contend with Omani racer Al Faisal Al Zubair who will be having his first race outing in an F4 car at Oulton Park.

“This is going to be a fascinating day” says GulfSport’s Martin Hope. “Because they get such intense coaching, and given that we give them identical cars and tyres, by the end of the season these young drivers are really starting to shine. At the last event the whole grid qualified within eight tenths of a second, and all of them were inside the lap record set the previous year. The Championship has been decided at the last event every year we have run it”.
Current Championship Points Position:
Hirani 252
Al Ghanem 233
Bal Hejaila 136
Al Bader 131
Al Zubair 125
Haxhiu 81
Greer 59
McShine 54

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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 info@gulf-sport.com or call Martin on +971 50 2725091 or Barry on +44 7517 335172
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