UIM Formula 2

Since the start of the 2016 season, Team Abu Dhabi has participated in the increasingly popular UIM F2 World Championship.

The series runs to a similar points-scoring format to F1 H2O racing and began in this format in 2002. Each round regularly attracts 20-25 entries and the races take place on a multi-pin course of around 1600-2000 metres in length with both right and left turns. Boats line up on a pontoon according to their qualifying position and the race of between 35-40 laps begins from a dead engine start procedure.

The races are largely based on lakes and rivers in Europe and attract many Scandinavian drivers. The Grand Prix weekend can also feature a Match Race and a Speed Record after the traditional three qualifying sessions.

The fastest 16 drivers from qualifying are permitted to take part in the Match Race. They are paired to race against each other over two laps of a specially designed course. The driver starting on the left runs the shorter circuit and the driver on the right runs the longer one. After one lap, they change position and reach the finish line after travelling the same distance. The winners from the first heats then progress to the quarterfinals, semi-finals and then the final. Points are also awarded.

The Speed Record contests are held before the Match Races. Each of the 16 drivers is allowed one attempt to post the fastest speed on the longest part of the Match Race straight. A radar gun measures the speeds and different propellers are often used to reach those speeds. Points are also awarded.

Boats are fitted with 2.5-litre Mercury OptiMax outboard engines. The hulls are the same as those used in F1 racing, with a minimum length of 4.8 metres and a minimum weight of 513kg (including the driver). All boats are fitted with safety crash boxes, but the engines in F2 boats deliver less power and top speed than their F1 counterparts.

For more information visit www.f2worldchamp.com




Team Abu Dhabi entered the world of F2 racing for the first time in the 2016 season, initially with three-time F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella at the helm of one of the boats and then the Italian was on hand at several of the races to oversee the progress of Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and, latterly, Rashed Al-Tayer running alongside Al-Qemzi

The team is managed by 10-time world F1 champion Guido Cappellini and the drivers race in Team Abu Dhabi’s boats numbered 35 and 36.

Rashed Al-Qemzi used his experience of UIM Nations Cup and F4-S racing to claim a first podium finish in F2 at Maçon in France in 2016 and quickly established himself on the racing scene. He finished the season in ninth position in the championship standings, despite missing two of the seven rounds. Al-Mehairbi also graduated to F2 from UIM Nations Cup and F4-S racing and scored his first championship point in Zarasai, Lithuania.

Al-Tayer has been an all-rounder for Team Abu Dhabi and has represented his team in numerous onshore and offshore disciplines, in addition to endurance races. He joined Al-Qemzi at the last two races in Maçon and Ribadouro in Portugal and finished fourth in the last one.

The team has started the 2017 season superbly with outright victory for Rashed Al-Qemzi in Lithuania and a third place in Norway.

Team Abu Dhabi also takes part in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France and took part in the Augustow Endurance Race in Poland in 2016. In 2016, the team entered two boats and a pair of four-driver teams. Carella, Thani Al-Qemzi, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate won the S2 class. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Al-Tayer and Faleh Al-Mansoori then won the opening race in Poland several weeks later.

In 2017, Thani Al-Qemzi, Carella, Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori fought back from earlier delays to finish fourth in Rouen.