Back in September, the 2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal became a really significant one for the United Arab Emirates racers competing that weekend in Ribadouro. Certainly, the high point was Rashed Al Qemzi claiming his second UIM F2 World Championship title for Team Abu Dhabi, but equally it marked a turning point for the Dubai based Victory Team when both their drivers finished in the top ten.
The current season has been more than beneficial for Victory Team’s two drivers Ahmed Al Fahim and Mansoor Al Mansoori.
It’s been a steep learning curve for me as it’s my first season in F2, it’s very addictive and I want more
said Al Fahim, who had previously raced in the F4S category.
I knew it would present some new challenges but perhaps the biggest one is getting the raceboat set up to my liking. After Portugal I think we are getting closer but making that jump from that seventh place to the podium will take time. We have one more round remaining this year and it’s on our home waters. So, the idea will be to continue this steady growth curve and be among the top challengers for next year
Al Mansoori, who is in his second F2 season says it’s his love of speed that he finds really special.
I’ve learnt a huge amount this season, I know so much more about the props we use and the difference between them. With everyone’s help and guidance I can develop as a driver and make sure the team is heading in the right direction for 2020 season.
Keeping an eye on both his drivers and mechanics progress is Team Manager Franco Carvello.
Since June we have become a better organised team as everyone knows their roles. The pilots have become more confident especially when we make changes to the raceboats. That’s because we test so much more now in Dubai. The team has really ‘gelled’ and we can all see a positive future.
With Al Fahim posting the seventh quickest time in Friday mornings ‘Free Practice’ the signs of a good weekend for the team at their home grand prix are looking positive.