Abu Dhabi: Al Qubaisi aims to inspire young Emiratis in bid for double UAE race victory

Abu Dhabi: Al Qubaisi aims to inspire young Emiratis in bid for double UAE race victory

Left to right: Khaled Al Qubaisi with Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bernd Schneider who share the driving in the lead AMG SLS GT3 entered by Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon

The UAE’s Khaled Al Qubaisi hopes his success with Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon can inspire a new generation of young Emirati drivers to achieve great things in the international motor sport arena.

Al Qubaisi returns to action in tomorrow’s (Friday) Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit aiming for the first of two endurance racing successes in the UAE within a month of each other.

But beyond this weekend’s victory bid, and his pursuit of a third successive win in next month’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, Al Qubaisi, as Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Racing, has much broader targets.

“The overall aim is to create more opportunities for young Emirati drivers to enter the international motor racing arena, and achieve success for themselves, and the UAE,” he said.

“The government has made a huge investment in motor sport in recent years, and it’s essential that we discover, and develop, the best young local talent to create our own future champions.

“This is what we need to inspire more young Emiratis to come into the sport and give it a bright future here, and of course I’ll be very happy if my own achievements can help.”

Two months ago, Al Qubaisi announced the launch by Abu Dhabi Racing of a partnership with the National Health Insurance Company – Daman to establish a driving academy which will groom young Emiratis to become professional racing drivers.

The first batch of seven UAE Nationals selected for the Daman Speed Academy, including his 13 year old daughter, Amna, immediately began an eight-month training programme based at Yas Marina Circuit. The ultimate aim is to produce the first Emirati Formula One driver.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Racing will boost its presence in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship next year, with three more young Emirati drivers, Saeed Bintouq, Mansoor Bel Helei and Juma Al Falasi, taking their place in a six-car line-up.

The other cars will be driven by Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, the Abu Dhabi Racing chairman, and Mohamed Al Mutawaa and Mohamed Al Sahlawi, who enjoyed Middle East and World Rally Championship action with the team this year.

In tomorrow’s (Friday) Gulf 12 Hours, which consists of two six-hour races separated by a two-hour break, Al Qubaisi shares the driving with Germany’s Bernd Schneider and Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen in the lead AMG SLS GT3 entered by Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon.

Dutchman Klaas Hummel, Britain’s Adam Christodoulou and Sweden’s Andreas Simonsen drive the team’s second car, and both vehicles, and the drivers’ helmets, will carry the name of Sean Edwards, the team-mate who was killed in a track day accident in Australia two months ago.

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8 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Awesome pictures!


Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but really..top material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike


Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

Bring back Redding

Amirul Zahrif Rosli nk top fan jgk ka? xyah la kait dgn aku. huhu

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10 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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Good Day all.

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍



And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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13 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

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