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Al Qemzi, Benavente & Pettersson take Gold, Silver and Bronze

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Rashed Al Qemzi crowned his brilliant season in the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship today with an emphatic home victory in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

The Team Abu Dhabi driver, already installed as F2 world champion for the second time in three years, led from start to finish to record his fourth Grand Prix triumph of the year with 4.63 seconds to spare from Portugal’s Duarte Benavente, with Lithuanian Edgaras Riabko third.

Riabko was later disqualified when his engine failed technical inspection.

Al Qemzi was in complete control throughout, resisting Benavente’s challenge to pull away on the first lap, and refusing to be unsettled when the race was interrupted twice in quick succession following crashes by Sweden’s Johan Österberg and Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen.

Benavente’s points enabled him to take the UIM Silver medal with Ola Pettersson picking up the Bronze.

Photo: Silvia Borgonovi

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