VILA VELHA DE RODAO, Portugal, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM – 18th Oct, 2021) Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi secured his third UIM F2 world championship title today with an emphatic victory in the Grand Prix of Portugal.
Starting from pole position, the brilliant Emirati driver completely dominated the final round of the series at Vila Velha de Ródão, winning by the commanding margin of 8.686 seconds from the host country’s defending world champion, Duarte Benavente.
Mansoor Al Mansoori, another member of the endurance title-winning crew three months ago, was unfortunate to go out of the race after 18 laps, but has shown enough in his debut season to suggest he can become a real force with Team Abu Dhabi.
That meant victory today would guarantee another F2 crown for the 2017 and 2019 champion, and Al Qemzi reinforced his prospects with a second successive pole position yesterday while Riabko qualified down in 11th place, effectively ending his challenge.
From the start on the 1,577m Tagus river course today, Al Qemzi looked in a class of his own, powering his way into an immediate lead and at one stage building a huge advantage of 13 seconds over Benavente before relaxing his pace towards the end.
The Portuguese driver finished runner up in the championship, just ahead of Riabko who was placed eighth on the day.
Ten-times former F1H2O champion Cappellini, who celebrated with Al Qemzi at the finish, has had a major influence on the former Nations Cup and F4-S world champion, and the rest of the team’s Emirati drivers.
This was never more evident than when Al Qemzi combined with his cousin, F1H2O veteran Thani Al Qemzi, and Mansoori, to land the team’s second successive world endurance triumph earlier in the season.
Another all-Emirati crew of Rashed Al Tayer, Majed Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi and Mohamed Al Mehairbi finished runners up in the championship.