UAE: Dubai based Spanish driver Nick Canal asserts early dominance in Formula Gulf1000 Championship

UAE: Dubai based Spanish driver Nick Canal asserts early dominance in Formula Gulf1000 Championship

Dubai, Monday 12th Nov – Young Spanish-American driver, Nick Canal, has returned for his second season in UAE’s foremost single-seater series, the Formula Gulf  1000 Championship.

Seventeen year old Nick, a senior IB student at GEMS World Academy in Dubai, achieved two valuable podium, places in this opening round of the Championship.

Having spent the summer months maintaining a strict fitness regime and with added karting racing activity in DD2, Nick is in the best physical and mental shape with all to play for this season as he goes all out for the championship title.

Nick receives his second place trophy from Barry Hope of Gulf Sport Racing

Having qualified in pole position for the first race with a blistering time of 1:40:37 seconds on Dubai Autodrome’s 4.29km International Circuit, Nick was confident he had a good pace to fight for the win.

In race One Nick finished in second place overall with a fastest time of 1:40:96., a frustrating one tenth gap from the victory.

Race two, was not an easy race for Nick as he battled hard through the pack and was forced to take avoiding action several times due to overzealous manoeuvres by other drivers who were struggling to maintain position. Finally on lap 10 after a long battle Nick made his move stick as he took his second place podium of the day.

“It is great to get back on track after a long summer season away from racing.” commented Nick

“I didn’t enjoy race two as much as the first as i felt i had to really battle through the grid and it was a frustrating race as i know i had a good pace but i could not make any safe passes, i was just held up by slower drivers”

 

The next Formula Gulf 1000 race event is at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Dec 7th.

 

About Nick Canal

Nick is 17 years of age and was born in Switzerland, with Spanish and American parents he has lived a nomadic life growing up in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, China, Japan and now in Dubai.

Travel has played a large part in Nick’s life thus far and he has not had the chance to develop an early career in Karting but is unfazed as he has soaked up so much information through his vast network of contacts in the business.

In 2010 Nick joined Spanish ex F1 driver Emilio de Villota’s single-seater driving school for young aspiring drivers. Nick was invited to participate in the 2011 Master Junior Formula (young driver’s training course) with Emilio de Villota, then went on to compete as a member of the Junior Team in the Catalunya Open Championship, racing Formula BMW cars. Against all odds, Nick took the podium 8 times out of 10, and received the title of Vice-Champion of the series and Champion of the junior class.

In 2012/2013, Nick took part in pre-season testing with Formula Gulf in Malaysia’s Sepang Cicruit and is once again participating in the FG1000, this time with an eye on the podium. He is also participating in the Rotax Max UAE Challenge, a new challenge for him as it is his first time to participate in a karting championship. He is looking to the future, and hopes to compete at a more international level next year.

Nick continues with the support of his family and fans pursuing his dream with relentless American drive, and passionate Spanish soul!

Photos credit Darren Rycroft /Anysportphotos

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Nick ready for action at Dubai Autodrome

 

 

 

 

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