Dubai Autodrome Test Report

by Martin on October 19, 2015

It was an intense day of training and testing for 5 drivers at the Dubai Autodrome this week.

Normally spread over 2 days but due to a busy month at the Dubai Autodrome only 1 day was available, so it would prove to be a physically demanding but rewarding session for the drivers.

DSC 0202 Dubai Autodrome Test ReportStarting off in the morning, and after a briefing, the drivers took to the track, and for two of the young 16 year olds this was the first time ever on a circuit and in a racing car. However with this training program and with specific exercises in a straight line it presents a very safe environment for this first drive to take place. Given that by the afternoon these same young drivers would be posting very fast times around the Club Circuit it was vital to make sure the fundamentals of changing gear, braking and taking a racing car quickly into a corner were analysed. With Formula Gulf observers on track and by using data a lot can be achieved in the morning and all the drivers were ready to take to the full track.

In the afternoon 5 sessions were completed around the 2.5km ClubDSC 0194 Dubai Autodrome Test Report Circuit. Under strict instructions to slowly build up to pace in the first sessions all 5 drivers found their feet and after a quick review of data were sent out for the second session, with the timing system switched on. It was there that some early and impressive pace was set with 2 drivers finding their way towards the 01m 03s mark.

The young Bahraini driver Beshara said – “It was an amazing experience, first time in a single seater, i didn’t expect it to be this hard but towards to end of the day i manage to perfect it” And perfect it he did, by posting the fastest time.

In fact Abdallah Beshara, Giulio Peroni and Omar Gazzaz were posting times in the 3s, with Beshara posting the fastest time of 01.03.250. Ian Roberts and Jonathan Mullen were constantly posting times in the 1m6s mark. This was about the pace expected to see on used tyres and a track that has just come out of a hot dusty summer.

DSC 0206 Dubai Autodrome Test ReportLocal karting champ Peroni added – “It was so different to what i have experienced previously. It took a while to get the hang of it… but by the end felt i could control the car and start to push”

With the next test at Yas Marina circuit on Hankook rubber drivers will enjoy the grip and consistency that comes with that.

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