Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi delivered a polished and professional performance to finish fourth and clinch the UIM F2 World Championship title in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal on the Douro River.
The Emirati, running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), started the race from ninth place and gradually moved up the leader board to ensure that he secured enough points to deprive Swedish rival Pierre Lundin of the opportunity to make a late bid for the title.
Lundin shadowed local driver and pole position winner Duarte Benavente from the start to the chequered flag, but second place was not enough to deprive a delighted Al-Qemzi of his second world title in two season – the Emirati won last year’s UIM F4-S Trophy.
This is a special day for me and everyone within Team Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
This title is for everyone who has supported me and to the whole team for all their efforts this season.
I knew what I had to do.
Losing Q3 because of the wind did not help at all, but I managed my race well and we have been rewarded with the World Championship.
UIM F2 World Championship – final positions
1st. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi
2nd. Pierre Lundin (SWE) Lundin F1 Racing
3rd. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team
4th. Duarte Benavente (POR) Atlantic Team
5th. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2
6th. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO
6th. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS) New Star
6th. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania
9th. Alberto Comparato (ITA) Comporato F2
10th. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing
11th. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) Segenmark Racing