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Rashed Regains UIM F2 World Title

Chris Davies on 15th September 2019

Rashed Al Qemzi won the UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal and in the process regained the World Title that he first won in 2017.

The Emirati driver, who has led the series from his opening round win in Lithuania back in June, was crowned world champion in Ribadouro tonight with one round to spare after another impeccable display.

Having secured his fourth successive pole position 24 hours earlier, he again underlined his dominance of this year’s series with a 14.75 secs winning margin over Sharjah Team’s Ferdinand Zandbergen, his nearest title challenger.

Portugal’s Duarte Benavente was third, another 4.28 secs adrift.

Al Qemzi now has the luxury of carrying his second F2 world title into the final round, the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which effectively becomes a victory lap of honour on home waters on December 7.

There was a double helping of drama at the start of the race which was halted initially by a red flag after a collision between Dutchman Zandbergen and German Stefan Hagin on the first lap.

The re-start then saw another clash on the first turn between Sweden’s Daniel Segenmark and Britain’s Owen Jelf, and after the yellow flag resumption Al Qemzi stormed into a clear lead and went on to secure a third race victory of the season.

2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal - Results

Rashed Al Qemzi35
UAETeam Abu Dhabi43:32:44
Duarte Benavente45 PORAtlantic Team43:50:44
Ola Pettersson6SWESkåne Racing Team44:02:41
Ferdinand Zandbergen17 NEDSharjah TeamLap -1
1 Lap penalty
UIM Rule 307.02
Edgaras Riabko41 LTUF2 LithuaniaLap -1
1 Lap penalty
UIM Rule 307.02
Mette Brandt Bjerknæs9NORMBRLap -1
Ahmad Al Fahim4UAEVictory TeamLap -1
Kalle Viippo95FINKalle Viippo RacingLap -1
Manoor Al Mansoori27UAEVictory TeamLap -2
Steve Hoult40GBRTeam WNTLap -2
Hector Sanz37ESPIcar Nautica RacingLap -4
1 Lap penalty
Destroyed 1 Buoy
Philippe TourreFRAAtlantic TeamL -5
Rashed Al Tayer36 UAETeam Abu DhabiDNF
1 Lap penalty
UIM Rule 307.02
Brent Dillard8USADillard SportsDNF
Oskar Samuelsson10SWEOS RacingDNF
Tobias Munthe-Kaas77NORStromoy RacingDNF
Bimba Sjöholm11SWETeam SjöholmDNF
Owen Jelf3 GBROwen Jelf RacingDNF
Johan Österberg2SWETeam AJODNF
Daniel Segenmark54SWESF2RDNF
Stefan Hagin19
GERRowe PowerboatDNF
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