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Can Al Qemzi Wrap-Up UIM F2 Title in Portugal?

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Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi has the chance to clinch the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship title with one round to spare at the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend.

The 2017 champion heads into the penultimate round of the 2019 series holding a commanding 30 points advantage over Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen following victories in Lithuania and Italy and a second place in Norway.

I have a big lead and I’m relaxed, but I will push hard again because I want to win.

I won in Portugal last year and I love the circuit in Ribadouro.

With the final round to follow in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7, Zandbergen, Portugal’s Duarte Benavente, German Stefan Hagin and Swedish pair Ola Pettersson Daniel Segenmark each have a mathematical chance of overhauling Al Qemzi.

But the Emirati driver, whose dominance of the series so far has been underlined by three successive pole positions, will secure his second F2 world crown in three years with a podium finish on the Douro River in Ribadouro on Sunday.

Depending on other individual fortunes, he may not need a top three result to become champion again, although Al Qemzi will be targeting a third Grand Prix race victory in a season which has already seen him complete one world powerboat championship triumph.

He was part of the four-man Team Abu Dhabi crew who landed the world endurance title in Poland in July, and another member of that quartet, Rashed Al Tayer, will be aiming for a podium finish in Portugal after a series of misfortunes this season.

His run of bad luck continued in the Grand Prix of Italy last month where he went out after suffering engine problems and then hitting a race buoy.

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

CountryNumberDriverTeamHullEngine
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
GER19
Stefan HaginRowe PowerboatMolgaardMercury 200 XS
UAE27Manoor Al MansooriVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
UAE35
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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