UAE based international racing school, Formula Gulf Academy incorporates an 8 x round ATCUAE sanctioned single seater championship on a variety of circuit configurations at the Yas Marina and Dubai Autodrome circuits. Last weekend saw academy students training, qualifying and racing in Rounds 1 & 2 on the technically demanding 3.5kms National Circuit with its blind double apex corners and elevation changes.
It was a double win for the UK’s Formula Ford specialist 18 year old James Scott Murphy ( jamesscottmurphy.com ) sponsored by Thames Hydroblasting (thbuk.co.uk). “ I was really impressed by the team and the level of coaching available at the Formula Gulf Academy. The car is perfect for adapting to driving with slicks and wings, building on my current experience in Formula Ford. I can see lots of room to develop my driving with the academy and hope to use it as part of my winter programme before the 2018 season”.
One of Thailand’s most promising young racers, Kane Shepherd, who competed in the SEA F4 championship, returned to Dubai for his first single seater race in the Middle East. 16 year old Kane, who came away with two second place trophies, was very pleased with the weekend and the learning opportunity it provided whilst working with top driver coach Andy Pardoe. “Next time!” was his telling comment about his intention to give James a run for his money at the next event.
15 year old Polish rookie Filip Kaminiarz was very pleased to get on the podium in his first ever single seater race. "I am very happy to finish in 3rd place” he said. "I hope I will be able to spend more time behind the wheel, not just in Poland, but also while training and racing abroad with the Gulf program. Many thanks to the team at home and abroad”.
A last minute entry from the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Talal Beshara provided a steep learning curve for this talented young kart racer. He was kept busy learning to drive a car for the first time, improving his lap times at every session. Talal got to grips with it quickly, even finishing ahead of the more experienced Kaminiarz in the second race.
The next session takes place at the Dubai Autodrome on the 8th December on the Grand Prix Circuit at the Dubai Autodrome.