26/1/18 With just a four day break since their last two-day academy session at Yas Marina F1 Circuit, the young racers assembled in Dubai this time for further training. With the UK’s top driver coach in attendance, the drivers were treated to three training sessions on Thursday where they got to grips with the demanding 4.3 kms International Circuit.
After one-on-one meetings where their coach was able to pinpoint any driving weaknesses they knew exactly what faults to correct and what was expected of them.
Big surprise in the Friday morning Qualification Practise was Kane Shepherd stopping on track with a puncture which allowed Poland’s 16 year old Filip Kaminiarz to take pole position for the race.
After a textbook start that had the Clerk of the Course visiting the GulfSport camp to congratulate all the drivers after the race, it was Thailand’s Kane Shepherd who got the holeshot and headed off into the sunset, building nearly a 2 second gap on every lap thus denying Kaminiarz the biggest trophy. But he was nevertheless very pleased with 12 consistent lap times which proved enough to grab second place from Bahrain’s Talal Beshara. Nabil Hussain, who skipped some of the practise to concentrate on his college exams had held 3rd place on track until he stopped on lap 8 with a problem.
Intensive coaching continues tomorrow with another qualification practise and race.