Dubai resident, Alqassim Hamidaddin from Saudi Arabia racing for Q Racing Team engraved his name in the record books of Yas Marina Circuit after winning the SC06 class in the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship in the first ever race in the history of Yas Marina Circuit, held last Saturday October 31st.
Alqassim started the race in third position and was able to take the lead midway through the first lap and hold off the competition to win his class ahead of Bahraini driver Ezra Idafar and Frenchmen Christophe Mariot. In the SC09 class of the same race, Sh. Salman bin Rashid took the checkered flag besting his countryman Fahd Al Musalam and Saudi driver Prince Khalid Al Faisal.
Entering his first season in the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship, Alqassim was very ecstatic about the result of the first race in round 1 of the championship and added, â€œI thank God for being a part in such a great championship and on such a great occasion in the opening race in Yas Marina circuit, and to win here was a dream come true. The championship has a lot of talented drivers and it will be a tough battle all season long for the championship.â€
Alqassim praised the Yas Marina Circuit as one of the most beautiful he had ever seen. Alqassim added, â€œIn Yas Marina Circuit, you get everything. You have the longest straight in the F1 calendar this year, you have the tight infield, and you have the beautiful scenery all around you including the marina, yachts, and the Yas Marina Hotel. It is a tough circuit to master but one that is fun to drive. I would like to congratulate the officials and everyone responsible for bring such a wonder to our region. This is a great example of the determination and dedication needed to elevate the level of the sport of motor racing in the UAE.â€
On Sunday November 1st, Alqassim backed up his race 1 win by finishing 2nd in race 2 of the championship, behind Bahraini driver Faisal Raffi and in doing so, leads the SC06 class championship with 14 points followed by Bahraini drivers Ezra Idafar and Faisl Raffi with 10 and 8 points respectively. In the SC09 class, Prince Khalid Al Faisal took the checkered flag ahead of Bahraini drivers Sh. Salman bin Rashid and Fahd Al Musalam.
The Chevrolet Supercars Championship Middle East has a total of 7 rounds, and will visit Al Reem Circuit in Riyadh twice, Bahrain International Circuit twice, and will be Back in Abu Dhabi 2 more times over the next seven months