16 year old Danish driver Cato Poulsen made a big impression at the opening rounds of the 2016 Tiedeman Trophy Series at the Rockingham Speedway dominating the proceedings with two wins. Fresh from testing a Dallara F312 with Campos Racing in Valencia, his award for winning the 2016 Formula Gulf Championship, Cato was reacquainted with his Ralph Firman built F1000 in which he won the UAE's national single seater championship despite commuting from Denmark to do so. He was teamed up with Formula Gulf Vice Champion Omar Gazzaz who flew in from Jeddah for the event who also claimed two podium finishes. Both drivers were run and coached at the event by the Formula Gulf Academy team from Dubai.
Organised by the Monoposto Racing Club, the grid contained an interesting variety of single seater racing cars including one litre cars, Formula Fords plus Lola and Dallara Formula 3 cars.
With their very first race in the UK, neither Cato or Omar had experienced a 'standing start' before and when the red lights went out, unfortunately Cato stalled the engine and Omar also had a slow start but got away 5th. This led to an extremely exciting race as Cato proceeded to catch and pass every car to take the chequered flag, setting a new Monoposto lap record. Omar was able to move up several places to finish in 3rd place behind the Lola F3 of James Drew-Williams.
Race Two saw Cato on pole and Omar on P3 for a start which did not go a great deal better. The fast starting Lola F3 made a quick getaway followed by a Nathan Corridon's 2-lire Reynard and Omar was able to blast past a very slow starting Cato. This again made for a fascinating race as both drivers had to now catch and try pass the very fast starting Lola and the Reynard. Cato won the race by nearly 13 seconds, despite an off-road excursion which damaged his front wing. Omar got past the Reynard and caught the Lola but when that slowed suddenly in the chicane leading onto the front straight he was unable to avoid hitting the back of it which damaged both cars. He managed to pass for P2 but was penalised 10 seconds which demoted him to third place.
The next event for these two talented young drivers will be on the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit on 23rd July.