Dubai Kartdrome witnessed one of the most challenging nerve wrecking 2-day rounds in the history of the circuit during the UAE Rotax Max Challenge. Plenty of reasons contributed to the uniqueness of these rounds, mainly the quality of participation manifested by the high competitiveness of participants in all age categories, and the number of drivers reaching a total of 114, in addition to the premiere participation of Daman Speed Academy (DSA) drivers.
UAE Rotax Max Challenge witnessed the debut participation of Daman Speed Academy, an academy responsible for the preparation of a new generation of circuit drivers co-launched by Abu Dhabi Racing (ADR) and the National Health Insurance Company- Daman The participants competed in 3 categories, Amna Khaled Al Qubaisi (Age 13 – Rotax Max Junior), Saeed Al Aali (Age 15 – Rotax Max Junior) and Mohamed Karmostaji (Age 16 – Rotax Max Senior), on board the French made “Sodi” carts, with the purpose to indulge in Karting races and gain more hands-on experience under the coaching and supervision of former World Karting and GT Champion David Terrien, and French Karting Star Alban Varutti.
The past two days witnessed plenty of perks, especially with DSA’s driver Saeed Al Ali stealing the show with his impeccable performance and smooth circuit twinning. David Terrien commented: “I knew Saeed possessed a unique skill and I was certain of his speed, but he amazed us with his extreme performance”, he added: “Claiming 5th position on his first race in such a grand competition amongst bright talents in Kart racing makes me really proud. The fact that he is capable of sharing with us his view on the race and his vehicle provides a heap of information we can use in our development operation”.
Mohamed Karmostaji, after recording continuous improvements in his prequalification rounds, was forced to withdraw from both rounds of the race due to a technical malfunction in his Kart’s engine.
Misfortune also stood wall for Amna Al Qubaisi, daughter of famous Emirati circuit driver Khaled Al Qubaisi, 2x winner of Dunlop 24hr, where she had an accident that stopped her from finishing the race, an incident considered normal for first time participants in such a major Championship. “Amna showed a lot of resilience and discipline during practice which she tried to demonstrate during the race, but unfortunately an accident prevented her from finishing the competition”, quoted David, “Her performance is encouraging and given time she will get more familiar with Karting competitions, a task we will both take on to develop her skills and performance”.
Drivers will travel to Al Ain Raceway on the 7th February to compete in the 9th round of UAE Rotax Max Championship, where the stakes are high due to the fast tracks and precautions required to tackle the edgy chicanes around the raceway.