UAE Champion Amna Al Qubaisi Gears up for Two Big World Finals


  • Amna Prepares For The IAME X30 At Le Mans in France
  • Followed By Rotax Max Grand Finals in Portugal
  • Amna's Sister Hamda Will Race In The X30 World Finals

UAE Rotax Max Champion Amna Al Qubaisi is preparing for two big Grand Finals in the coming months – the IAME X30 at Le Mans, France, in October and the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Portugal the following month. Sister Hamda will be racing in the X30 world finals too after securing 3rd place in the junior class.

While the IAME X30 Grand Final will be held at Le Mans circuit in France from October 9-15, Amna will travel to Portimao in Portugal for the Rotax Max Grand Final from November 4-11.

Popularly acknowledged as the ‘flying girl’ of the UAE, Amna is currently busy preparing herself at circuits in the UAE as she undertakes these two big challenges over a period of just one month.

Being the only Arab Emirati woman to represent her country in two Grand Finals in karting, Amna acknowledges that all this would never have been possible without the support of sponsors and her parents.

Her ticket to the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Portugal was guaranteed after winning the UAE title in Max class, while the Le Mans ticket was ensured after securing 3rd place in senior class.

After 2006, 2012 and 2015, the 18th edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals is hosted on Portuguese ground again.

Portimão, the biggest town in the western Algarve at the Atlantic beach with its prestigious race track Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve will be the hotspot of the racing season's highlight, the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in 2017.

Amna said: “I feel very confident that I will do well. My sister and I will be the very first Emirati females to participate in the X30 World Finals in Le Mans. I am practicing to maintain my rhythm and staying fit.

“My fitness and nutrition plays a big role in my racing, as it is very important to stay fit and healthy. This will be my third time racing at the Portimao track and second in an RMC Grand Final.

“I am feeling very confident as I go into my second world championship. I am practicing on tracks in the UAE and hopefully this will keep my momentum going into the World Finals.

Founder of Daman Speed Academy and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Racing Khaled Al Qubaisi said: “We have proudly achieved the goals we set at the very beginning for Daman Speed Academy by providing a new generation of UAE Champions. We are very proud of this achievement.

“Amna and Hamda’s preparations are going on very well and I believe they have the pace and ability to post some good times in the World Finals amongst 360 qualified drivers from all over the world.

“But, most importantly, it is for the two of them to gain experience from the two challenges as they will be competing against some of the best in the world.”

Every year competitors from almost 60 countries, from five continents can qualify for the annual Rotax Max Grand Finals. Pilots can qualify for the RMC Grand Finals via the national RMC of their home country and the international RMC. The season's winners of each class of all national RMCs (Amna Al Qubaisi winner of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge) and of the international RMC will be invited by BRP-Rotax.

Race equipment like chassis, engines, tyres, fuel, tools, kart trolleys will be provided to all participating drivers in order to guarantee equal opportunities and fair races!

Maxim Frolov, Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky Lab, commented

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