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Team Abu Dhabi Can Be Even Stronger Next Season

Chris Davies on 13th September 2019

Rashed Al Qemzi, who has the 2019 the UIM F2 World Championship title within his grasp, believes Team Abu Dhabi could be an even stronger force in the series next year.

The Emirati driver, who can secure his second F2 world crown in three years at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal, expects team-mate Rashed Al Tayer to emerge as a strong championship contender.

“Rashed is confident that he can start getting on the podium before the end of this season and everyone in the team is behind him,” said Al Qemzi.

“He showed by winning the Speed Run in Norway how competitive he can be and we expect him to be faster next season and make us stronger as a team.”

With thousands of spectators getting a ringside seat on the banks of the Albufeira da Pala reservoir in Ribadouro, Al Qemzi goes into Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal holding a 30-point lead over Sharjah’s Dutch driver Ferdinand Zandbergen.

Among his biggest challengers this weekend is expected to be Portugal’s Duarte Benavente, currently third in the world title race and one of five drivers still with a mathematical possibility to catch Al Qemzi.

With the final round to follow on home waters in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7, Al Qemzi is in a relaxed mood, although he has set his sights on taking pole position for a fourth successive time this weekend and adding to his wins in Lithuania and Norway.

2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal Timetable

Saturday 14th

15:00 – 18:00 UIM F2 Qualifying

Sunday 15th

11:00 – 12:00 UIM F2 Warm Up

12:15 – 12:30 Repechage Race

15:30 Parade Lap UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal

15:45 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal

*All times GMT +1

2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal

SWE2Johan ÖsterbergTeam AJOMolgaardMercury 200 XS
GBR3 Owen JelfOwen Jelf RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
UAE4Ahmad Al FahimVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
SWE6Ola PetterssonSkåne Racing TeamMolgaardMercury 200 XS
USA8Brent DillardDillard SportsMooreMercury 200 XS
NOR9Mette Brandt BjerknæsMBRMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE10Oskar SamuelssonOS RacingMolgaardMercury 200 XS
SWE11Bimba SjöholmTeam SjöholmMolgaardMercury 200 XS
NED17 Ferdinand ZandbergenSharjah TeamBaBaMercury 200 XS
Stefan HaginRowe PowerboatMolgaardMercury 200 XS
UAE27Manoor Al MansooriVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
Rashed Al QemziTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
UAE36 Rashed Al TayerTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
ESP37 Hector SanzIcar Nautica RacingDACMercury 200 XS
GBR40Steve HoultTeam WNTMercury 200 XS
LTU41 Edgaras RiabkoF2 LithuaniaDACMercury 200 XS
POR45 Duarte BenaventeAtlantic TeamMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE54Daniel SegenmarkSF2RDACMercury 200 XS
NOR77Tobias Munthe-KaasStromoy RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
FIN95Kalle ViippoKalle Viippo RacingMercury 200 XS
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