Formula Gulf 1000: Teen sensation Nick Canal shines at Dubai Motorsports Festival
Dubai Autodrome, Monday 17th Dec 2012 – With only one week since the last round at Yas Marina Circuit and as expectant clouds gathered in the dark sky, everyone predicted a downpour on the Dubai Motorsports Festival weekend. Young Spanish school student Nick Canal had no such plans for wet tyres as he stormed to his third consecutive pole position of the season.
Sharing the two day festival with the Porsche GT3 Cup, Sportbikes and Touring cars the young FG1000 drivers had plenty to occupy their spare time.
After some minimal tweaks in his car set up, Nick had a clear strategy in mind for his weekend.
Running on the longest GP circuit configuration of 5.4kms, Nick claimed pole position as he has done now consecutively for every race round so far, with a fastest lap time of 2:02.3. Nick was a full second quicker over his nearest rival, Rahul Mayer of Malaysia.
Race one took place on Thursday 13th at 3:05pm, just as the wind started to pick up over the cloudy track. Nick made a dashing move into turn one defending his line squeezing every inch from the track, but the sand and dust was too much and he lost grip spinning into the run-off, he quickly joined at the back of the pack having lost valuable time on the leading drivers. Seatter by this time managed to steal a 20sec gap amid the commotion behind.
Nick picked his way through the pack with fierce determination, confident of his pace and managed to reach third position by the end of the short 10 lap sprint.
In race two on Friday 14th Nick started in third position on the grid, determined to gain position into the first few fast corners, he was inches off the tail of experienced Malaysian driver Seatter but she had gained a few car lengths by the time Nick had her in his sights.
From lap three, Nick put in consistent laps around three tenths faster than Seatter which placed him just 0.472 of a second behind her at the chequered flag, only just missing out on a win.
Over the last few laps Nick achieved the fastest lap of the race weekend with a time of 2:03.1 and a top speed of 157.59kph.
“I was feeling confident in my preparations and with a slight change in my technical approach I was able to give my all in the car. In race two I needed a few more laps I think to really make a move on Natasha.”
“I’m happy with what I have learned this weekend and I know I have the pace to lead from the front, I know my win will come soon and I must balance my expectations with patience, that’s racing after all.” commented Nick after round three.
With a break of one month for the festive season, Nick is also studying hard for his exams in January and meantime is continuing his karting sessions in UAE, his sights set firmly on a win in race weekend 4 for round seven and eight on January 25th at Yas Marina Circuit.