Polish racing driver, Alex Karkosik set a very high standard for Season 6 of the Formula Gulf Championship by taking two wins at the Dubai Autodrome.
In the morning's qualifying practise he came into the pits having set his fastest lap of 1:21.989. But his rival, Saudi Arabia's Omar Gazzaz stayed on track to do one more lap which gave him pole position for race 1 by just 16 thousands of a second! 17 year old Emirati driver Saeed Al Ali qualified in 3rd followed by Nabil Zakir Hussein (India) and Viktor Ivankov (Russia).
Aimed at training the next generation of professional young drivers, the Formula Gulf Academy group contained three drivers who had never raced cars before so this was a very important weekend for them after just one previous training event at the fabulous Yas Marina Circuit.
Race 1 got off to a clean and fast rolling start with Karkosik just managing to get ahead of pole sitter Gazzaz. He was able to maintain pace throughout the race and took fastest lap at 1:21.599 which was even quicker than his best quali lap to win the race from Gazzaz. 17 year old Emirati Saeed Al Ali did extremely well to finish on the podium with faster laps than his qualification time. Indian student Nabil Zakir Hussein had a spin on the first lap which lost him a lot of ground but he recovered well to finish the race.
The start of Race 2 was even closer with the cars virtually side by side going down to Turn 1. But again it was Poland's Karkosik who was on his game and held the lead from Gazzaz who finished just 6 seconds behind him after this 50kms race on the UAE's most difficult circuit. The unfortunate Nabil had another spin on the first lap handing a certain 3rd place to Saeed Al Ali who had a very enjoyable first race weekend – clearly demonstrating that the UAE has a great national talent in the making!
Karkosik leads the championship going into Rounds 3 & 4 which will take place on 8th December in Dubai.