F4 UAE: Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor share wins on F1 stage at F4 trophy round

F4 UAE: Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor share wins on F1 stage at F4 trophy round

Sunday Dec 1st- 2019

First-time F4 race winners Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor shared the spoils at the F4UAE Championship’s Trophy Round this weekend, as the category made its debut as a support to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 28-December 1, 2019).

Having already made motorsport history for the region with four women competing at the season-opening round at Yas Marina Circuit – with drivers including Emirati sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi, Logan Hannah from Scotland and Reema Juffali from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Abu Dhabi Racing’s Amna Al Qubaisi also added to the history books, not only claiming pole position on Friday but becoming the first Emirati woman to win an FIA single seater race as she claimed victory on Saturday.

Alex Connor – who finished runner-up in the British F4 Rookie Cup – claimed his first single-seater win on Sunday with Xcel Motorsport; the team he started his karting career with in Dubai as a junior.

Amna Al Qubaisi added to the history books, not only claiming pole position on Friday but becoming the first Emirati woman to win an FIA single seater race as she claimed victory on Saturday

“The F4UAE Championship has provided competitive and entertaining racing this weekend, showing those involved in global motorsport organisations that it is one of the best platforms for young drivers to prove their talent,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO), and FIA Vice President for Sport.

“Well done to Amna Al Qubaisi who has come a long way since karting and winning the first FIA GCC Young Drivers Academy to now win in F4. I’m proud of her achievements and for being very successful in front of everyone at the Formula 1 grand finale. We believe she is a future international champion in the making.”

Alex Connor claimed his first F4 race win in Race 2 for Xcel Motorsport

QUALIFYING
Thirteen drivers from 12 countries were entered for the Trophy Round, with Amna Al Qubaisi (#88) and her sister Hamda giving the local fans at Yas Marina Circuit plenty to cheer for. As the UAE’s first female racing driver, 19-year-old Amna claimed pole in qualifying, while also previously leading a curtailed morning practice session. Sister Hamda (#77) was second fastest in practice and fifth in qualifying.

As the more experienced of the pair, Amna posted a 2m12.717s lap to lead a trio of Xcel Motorsport drivers in Nicola Marinangeli (#14), Tijmen van der Helm (#13) – who was later relegated down to sixth place on the Race 1 grid after failing to follow the Race Director’s instructions post-qualifying – and Alex Connor (#27) third.

RACE 1 SUMMARY
Amna Al Qubaisi led from pole position to the chequered flag in Race 1, holding off an early challenge from Marinangeli before pulling away to take victory in the first 25-minute race of the weekend.

Dutchman Tijmen van der Helm held off his rivals but on the final lap suffered a suspension failure, promoting Alex Connor onto the podium for Xcel Motorsport; the current reigning drivers, teams and rookie champions.

Jordan’s Manaf Hijjawi (#99) for Dragon Racing dropped down to eighth from sixth on the grid, but made a strong campaign of overtaking to eventually claim fourth, ahead of the younger Al Qubaisi sister Hamda in fifth place for Abu Dhabi Racing. Returning F4UAE racer Nico Göhler (#2) finished sixth for Mücke Motorsport, while Xcel Motorsport’s Ivan Peklin (#23) suffered a clutch failure on the start and did not join the race.

“I am very proud to be the first Emirati and Arab driver on podium of Formula 4,” said Al Qubaisi. “I thank my family and all the supporters. It’s an amazing feeling, to do it in my home town and at my home track. I have a lot of my local people watching. It was huge honour.”

Khaled Al Qubaisi, father of Amna and Hamda, said: “I am extremely proud of my daughters, they made the whole UAE proud today, and that’s all what we wanted — to raise the UAE flag up high in this extremely important event held in our beloved country.”

RACE 2 SUMMARY
Amna Al Qubaisi’s chances of back-to-back victories in F4UAE came to a close on Sunday after a crash with fellow rival Marinangeli on the first lap of Race 2. The Abu Dhabi Racing driver initiated an overtaking move, resulting in a race-ending impact that tore off the right-rear wheel from the #88 Tatuus racer. Marinangeli continued, but the crash forced him out of contention, leaving him with a DNF.

Leading the push for a strong Xcel Motorsport finish was Connor, who was pursued by Hijjawi; the Jordanian eventually denying Xcel Motorsport a one-two finish after he finished second in his first F4 race weekend. Tijmen Van Der Helm challenged for a third place and finished nearly five seconds behind Hijjawi.

Hamda Al Qubaisi also succumbed to front-end damage, breaking her front splitter when making close contact with a competitor, ending the race as the final qualified finsher in 11th. Göhler held on to finish fourth ahead of Rodrigo Almeida (#4) in fifth and Saudi Arabia’s Reema Juffali (#18) in sixth; her best ever result in single-seaters after campaigning a season already in British F4 for 2019.

Xcel Motorsport drivers Ivan Peklin and Mehrbod Shameli (#8) followed in seventh and eighth with Logan Hannah (#9) and rookie Constantin Reisch (52#) completing the top 10.

F4UAE has been instrumental in developing young driver talent over the last three seasons, with 46 different drivers from 32 countries competing since inception, and another nine new drivers being added to the list this weekend.

The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth begins its point-scoring championship season in January, as a support to the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai; the first event of a five-round season based within the United Arab Emirates. For more information head to www.f4uae.com

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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.



Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.



“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.



“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.



“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.



“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”



Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”
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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

 

Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.

 

“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.

 

“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.

 

“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.

 

“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”

 

Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”

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My F1 reviews from 1970-2018 (2019 is released in January) will bridge the gap until Australia in March.

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