Round 7 & 8 Race Report

by Martin on January 31, 2016

Just one week after competing on the Formula One circuit in Abu Dhabi, GulfSport’s racing school moved to the Dubai Autodrome. Former Le Mans 24 Hour, British GT and F.Renault Champion Tommy Erdos was to coach the Formula Gulf drivers who this week included¬†Gulhuseyn (Quka) Abdullayev from Azerbaijan.

After testing on Thursday afternoon, the competitors were on new tyres for a very windy and dusty Quali session where Cato Poulsen (Denmark) took pole position.

Race #1 was dominated by Cato who had no room for mistakes with Saudi’s Mashuur Balhejaila on his tail. Italian driver Giulio Peroni had a great start to take 3rd place but was overhauled by Gulhuseyn Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) who was to take a podium position on his first ever single seater race. At one point Omar Gazzaz (KSA) was the fastest driver on track but spun while pushing hard to catch Quka, which allowed Peroni to get through, but Omar picked up the pace and got his fourth place back which he held to the finish.

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Race #2 started with a bang as the pack headed down to Turn 1 with four cars literally side by side – Omar on the outside, next to Mash, who was next to Cato, who was next to Quka. Only three drivers made it through. Mash and Cato tangled. Mash spun out and Cato had to come into the pits for a new nose.

This presented a great opportunity for the others to get on the podium. As they came round it was Omar Gazzaz in the lead which he held for several laps with Quka and Giulio chasing him hard. Eventually Quka found a way through and the fight commenced again. Omar was then quicker, setting the fastest lap up until that point, but Quka held him off.

At the finish Quka took his first win and fastest race lap much to the delight of his family, with Omar a brilliant second and Giulio Peroni taking a well earned 3rd place trophy. The difference in best lap times of all the drivers was notably less than 8 tenths of a second over a massive 5.5kms circuit with 16 turns. Astounding.

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Rounds 9&10 will be held on 19th February at the Dubai Autodrome.

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