Rashed Al Qemzi set the early tone for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in sensational style today as the UAE capital respected the UIM F2 World Championship for the first time.
Al Qemzi, who secured the UIM F2 world title at the past round in Portugal, set the quickest time in free practice with a splendid late burst toward the finish of a two-boat charge on home waters.
Having started the session in the boat Team Abu Dhabi are testing for one year from now's title, the Emirati driver was lying third behind Norway's Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Portugal's Duarte Benavente with time running out.
In any case, in the wake of changing to the boat he'll use in tomorrow's passing session and Saturday's Grand Prix, Al Qemzi timed the quickest time on his penultimate lap and afterward improved the time again seconds before the session finished up.
1. Rashed Al Qemzi UAE 45.25 secs
2. Tobias Munthe-Kaas NOR 45.53
8. Duarte Benavente POR 45.90
4. Owen Jelf GBR 46.46
5. Uvis Slakteris LAT 46.52
6. Ferdinand Zandbergen NL 46.87
7. Edgaras Riabko LT 46.96
8. Héctor Sanz SPA 47.37
9. Stefan Hagin GER 47.53
10. Stefan Hagin GER 47.57