Friday April 13th offers the last chance to see the region’s best young drivers in action as they battle for championship points and trophies in the inaugural season of Formula Gulf 1000.
This ATCUAE sanctioned single seater driver development championship provides karters and young racers with experience of open wheel racing at two of the world’s best circuits. They also receive world class coaching and race engineering support from the experienced GulfSport Racing team.
Using identical RFR F1000 slicks and wings cars on F3 tyres run by one team places the emphasis on driver skills – not budget. “We have seen the gap from fastest to slowest in the qualification practise reduce during the season from 9 to 1.5 seconds. This is as much a testimony to the quality of the coaching as it is to their ability to make use of the shared telemetry data” said Barry Hope, Director of Racing at GulfSport.
The championship has attracted many of the top young drivers from the UAE, Lebanon, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Palestine, Syria and Spain whose average age is just 19 years.
Seventeen year old Nicolas Canal, who joined the series after his family moved to Dubai from Madrid said “The detail involved in the feedback that we get significantly improves my racing and the racing of others. I don’t know the exact figure, but I can confidently say that I feel a huge difference in my level of competitiveness”.
Qualifying practise is at 09.55, Race 1 starts at 11.30 with Race 2 at 14.20.
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