Karkosik keeps up the pressure with win in Round 6
Round 5 of the Formula Gulf Academy Championship proved to be a milestone in the racing career of Saudi Arabia's Omar Gazzaz. With Polish hotshot Alex Karkosik on pole position it was Gazzaz who better anticipated the start and grabbed the lead which he held for two laps until the fast charging Karkosik managed to squeeze past on lap three.
Close behind them were Formula 3 racers and cousins, Jeremy Timms and Jason Timms who had flown out from the UK to join in the fun! Jeremy had a really fast start but went wide at Turn 1 which allowed Jason to grab third place back which he would hold to the end.
However, Gazzaz was not content to stay behind the championship leader and passed Karkosik to regain the lead on lap 7 which he held until he saw a 'waved' chequered flag for the first time since starting his racing career with GulfSport Racing in 2015 – his first win! So Jason was rewarded with a 3rd place trophy for his fine race with Jeremy in 4th and the fast improving Indian student Nabil Zakhir Hussain in 5th place.
After another quali sessions, Round 6 saw the same starting grid but this time it was Karkosik who took advantage of pole position to take the race lead which he never relinquished despite pressure from Gazzaz. Jason Timms could not afford to make any mistakes in third place with Jeremy a constant threat right behind him, followed by the young Indian driver Hussain who was still unable to repeat his best quali lap of 1:40.758. Notably, Gazzaz put in a stunning lap of 1:38.387 in his effort to catch the fast starting 16 year old Polish racer which set a lap record for the Dubai International Circuit – an amazing 1.345 seconds better than Tejas Hirani's lap record set exactly two years ago.
With only two events left in February (Dubai) and March (Yas Marina) the fight continues for the championship title plus a scholarship and an F3 test with Campos Racing up for grabs.
Formula Gulf Academy is an International Competition Driving School based in Dubai that prepares ambitious young drivers for a professional racing career. Now in its 6th year, more than 50 racing drivers from 22 countries have been trained by the GulfSport Racing team at circuits in the UAE and UK.