F2 Team Abu Dhabi starts UIM F2 campaign at Kaunas in Lithuania this weekend


Lithuanian Grand Prix, Kaunas - June 9/11


Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi to represent Team Abu Dhabi in race series opener

KAUNAS (LITHUANIA): Tuesday, June 6: Team Abu Dhabi begins its challenge for honours in this year’s UIM F2 World Championship at the Lithuanian Grand Prix on Kaunas Reservoir this weekend (June 9-11).

Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will race two DAC boats against some of Europe’s most talented drivers in the first round of a popular racing series that will also take teams to Antwerp in Belgium, Tonsberg in Norway, back to Zarasai in Lithuania, Campione d’Italia and Ribadoura in Portugal. Rashed Al-Remeithi also travels with the team as a reserve driver.

It’s been over a month since the team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) was in action at the 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race in northern France, but officials and crew members have carried out all their pre-race preparations and Al-Qemzi and Al-Mehairbi are confident that they can build upon the experience they gained in a maiden season of Formula Two racing in 2016. They travelled to Milan today (Tuesday) and will carry out further training before heading off to Lithuania for the weekend.

In 2016, Al-Qemzi took part in five of the seven rounds of the series and finished ninth in the points’ standings, his best result being a fine second place at Maçon in France. Sweden’s Pierre Lundin dominated last year’s championship, eventually claimed four victories and won the title by 40 points from fellow countryman Erik Edin. Austrian Rupert Temper was third.

“Rouen this year failed to deliver the result we had anticipated, but one of our boats recovered well after earlier delays to finish fourth in its class and I am confident that we can surprise this year in F2,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “The field for these races is very strong and it’s great experience for our drivers to be racing at new venues against some of the best in the business.”

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

Several of the leading drivers took part in an F2 race at Brodenbach in Germany a couple of weeks ago and Latvian Uvis Slakteris claimed the winner’s spoils.

Technical and administration checks will take place on Friday in Kaunas and F2 teams will be permitted on to the racecourse for the first time after the FR1000 boats for a three-hour session from 10.15hrs on Saturday morning. F2 qualifying will be split into the customary three sessions from 14.30hrs and then crews will take part in the Speed Record and Match Races from 17.00hrs.

F2 teams will be permitted further practice and warm-up on Sunday morning (June 11). There will be a Repechage F2 race for the slowest qualifiers, starting at 13.00hrs, and the Grand Prix takes centre stage from 15.30hrs.

Kaunas is situated in the south-central area of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the country after the capital, Vilnius. It lies at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers and close to the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest water mass in the country.

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For further media information and information about Team Abu Dhabi:
Please contact: Khalid Al Saadi, Media Incharge, Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, P.O. Box 45656, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mobile Telephone: + 971 50 768 6761, E-mail: alsaadi@adimsc.ae.






Date issued: 06/06/2017

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