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Series Report: Formula Gulf Academy

ALEX KARKOSIK TAKES DOUBLE WIN

Dubai, UAE, 20 November 2016:  Young Polish racing driver, Alex Karkosik set a very high standard for Season Six of the Formula Gulf Championship by taking two wins at the Dubai Autodrome last weekend (18-19 November).

In morning qualifying he came into the pits having set his fastest lap of 1:21.989, but his rival, Saudi Arabia’s Omar Gazzaz stayed on track to do one more lap which gave him pole position for Race One, by just 16 thousands of a second.  17 year old Emirati driver Saeed Al Ali qualified in third, followed by Nabil Zakir Hussein (India) and Viktor Ivankov (Russia).

Aimed at training the next generation of professional young drivers, the Formula Gulf Academy group contained three drivers who had never raced cars before, so this was a very important weekend for them after just one previous training event at Yas Marina Circuit.

Race One got off to a clean and fast rolling start with Karkosik just managing to get ahead of pole sitter Gazzaz.  He was able to maintain pace throughout the race and took fastest lap at 1:21.599, which was even quicker than his best quali lap to win the race from Gazzaz.  Saeed Al Ali did extremely well to finish on the podium with faster laps than his qualification time. Indian student Nabil Zakir Hussein had a spin on the first lap which lost him a lot of ground but he recovered well to finish the race.

The start of Race Two was even closer with the cars nearly side by side going down to turn one. But again it was Karkosik who was on his game and held the lead from Gazzaz who finished just six seconds behind him after this 50 km race on the UAE’s most difficult circuit. Karkosik’s Race Two lap time of 1:21.599 was four tenths of a second quicker than the best lap achieved by any of the 53 cars and motorcycles racing that weekend from the NGK Racing Series, the Radical Middle East Cup, the F4 UAE Championship and the UAE Sportbike Championship.

The unfortunate Nabil had another spin on the first lap, handing third place to Saeed Al Ali who had a very enjoyable first race weekend – clearly demonstrating that the UAE has a great national talent in the making.

Karkosik leads the championship going into Rounds Three and Four which will take place 9-10 December 2016 on Dubai Autodrome’s Grand Prix Circuit.

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