New world champion Mansoor Al Mansoori poses for a picture with Team Abu Dhabi manager Guido Cappellini
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Team Abu Dhabi’s Mansoor Al Mansoori is the new UIM F2 world champion following a dramatic series of events at the Grand Prix of Portugal.
Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas, Germany’s Stefan Hagin and Finland’s Sami Selio were each disqualified from the final round of the 2022 series for engine infringements following post-race technical checks.
This followed the earlier one lap penalty imposed on Edgaras Riabko for a start infringement, which dropped the Lithuanian from second place to tenth.
The decisions saw American Brent Dillard replacing Munthe-Kaas as race winner, while Mansoori climbed from sixth to second position to take the F2 crown, with an 18-point winning margin from Sharjah Team driver Selio.
Hagin, who had provisionally been acclaimed as world champion, finished third in the standings, another point away.
Mansoori, who joined Team Abu Dhabi last year, succeeds team-mate Rashed Al Qemzi who secured his third F2 world title with victory in Portugal 12 months ago.
It means Guido Cappellini has now delivered 15 powerboat world championships to Abu Dhabi Marine Sport Club since taking charge as Team Abu Dhabi manager in February 2015
Team Abu Dhabi were also celebrating another world title success on Monday after Rashid Al Mulla clinched his fifth successive freestyle crown at the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship in Italy.
The Emirati had to borrow a friend’s jet ski after his own ski suffered mechanical problems in preparation for the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix in Olbia.
It made little difference, as Rashid extended his dominance of freestyle by recording his 14th consecutive Grand Prix victory in a run stretching back to 2017.
With 6 categories up for grabs entering the final round of the season, Fadi Tawfik Tamour continued his winning streak to finish atop the podium in the 4x4 category following his 3-season wins across the 4-round competition.
Dubai Autodrome has launched a new course to help the next generation of drivers in the UAE gain valuable competitive on-track experience and enhance science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning as part of its DAKA programme.
The oldest motorsport event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Dubai International Baja, is set to make an exciting return next month as World Cup Rallying comes to the UAE with a modern twist.
For the first time ever, Dubai’s Offroad-Zone brought dozens of motorists together for an action-packed day of four-wheel-drive adventures to celebrate International Off-Road Day in Sharjah on Saturday.
“The announcement reflects the UAE leadership’s commitment to implementing sustainability-focused initiatives that seek to ensure a better tomorrow for future generations, Sheikh Mansoor said.
Pakistan-born Khawaja — who moved to Australia aged four — has toured India before, but also faced delays on that occasion with his visa taking longer than Australia-born teammates.
The UAE Padel Association (UAEPA), which governs the sport of padel across the UAE, has launched the Mashreq Padel Tour 2023 – the country’s first dedicated community tournament series for amateurs.