Abdulrahman Al Bloushi
Abdulrahman Al Bloushi has only contested a handful of karting events in the UAE including the recent Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship. He made his open-wheeler debut with Dream Racing at Round 1 of the 2020 F4UAE Championship and will contest the full season.
Hamda Al Qubaisi
Hamda Al Qubaisi started karting in 2015 and was the first Emirati to be invited to the FIA-sponsored CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2016. She finished 3rd in IAME X30 and in 2019 made her F4 debut at the Red Bull Ring (Australia) as part of the Italian F4 Championship (where she contested two rounds). The younger sister of Amna Al Qubaisi, Hamda is contesting the full 2020 F4UAE season.
Zdenek Chovanec – a Venezuelan racer with Czech roots – made his open-wheeler debut in the F4UAE Championshiop in 2020, and will stay on for the first three rounds. With only two seasons of karting under his belt, the 15-year-old has signed with Bhaitec for European competition and will be using F4UAE as preparation for the 2020 Italian F4 Championship.
Lorenzo Fluxa is making the jump from karting to open-wheelers in 2020 with Xcel Motorsport in F4UAE. Last year, the Mallorcan finished the World Karting Championship in 20th (OK), being the best Spanish in the contest despite injury. He will embark on the Spanish F4 Championship when he completes his debut season in F4UAE.
Nico Göhler made his circuit racing debut in the 2018/2019 F4UAE season with BWT Mücke Motorsport, where the teen scored three race podiums and seven top-5 finishes. Since the, the German racer has competed in the full season of German F4 (two top-10 finishes, 4th in rookie standings) and two rounds of Italian F4. Göhler returns to F4UAE and BWT Mücke Motorsport for the full 2019/2020 season.
Reema Juffali began her first season of racing in October 2018 in the TRD 86 Cup UAE. The talented Saudi driver scored seven class wins, four overall podium finishes and won the 45min feature race supporting the 2018 Gulf 12 Hours. She finished the season as Silver Class Runner-up. In 2019, she embarked on British F4 for Double-R Racing finishing 13th outright with 10 top-10 finishes. Reema is contesting the 2020 F4UAE season before returning to British F4.
Czech racer Josef Knopp makes his single-seater debut in F4UAE at Round 3 (Yas Marina Circuit). Knopp has been competingin karting internationally prior to F4, with a career highlight being third place in the Easykart International Grand Final for Easy 60 karts in 2016. Plus with a few seasons of OK and OK Junior karts,the teen finished 17th in the 2019 South Garda Winter Cup in seniors. He started a test program with Mücke Motorsport prior to his arrival in the UAE, and will be racing the final three rounds ofthe 2020/2021 season.
Nicola Marinangeli raced with Xcel Motorsport in the 2018/2019 F4UAE season (Rounds 1-4), scoring 12 top-10 finishes. He’s since raced in the Italian F4 Championship and finished 29th out of 42 starters and 11th in the rookie standings. Nicola scored a 2nd place in Race 1 at the 2019 Trophy Round - his first open-wheeler podium - and has gone on to win six podiums to date in 2020.
Italian racer Franceso Pizzi has an impressive CV in karting since winning his first championship in 2016, the South Garda Winter Cup where he won in Mini ROK. He went on to finish second in both the WSK Champions Cup and WSK Super Master Series (60 Mini), with a third place i the Italian Championship (OK Junior) in 2017. In 2020, Pizzi makes his open-wheeler racing debut with F4UAE, where he leads the championship halfway through the season.
Mehrbod Shameli makes his open-wheeler debut with F4UAE. His racing accolades to date include 2nd place in the UAE Senior Karting Championship, 1st place in the 2017 & 2018 Iranian Junior Karting Championship, plus 2nd in the Iranian Senior Karting Championship. He made his debut in F4UAE at the Trophy Round held in November 2019, a as a support to the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
For three years in karting, Erick Zuniga drove for the Sergio Perez Karting Team owned by Formula 1 star Sergio Perez plus also spent some time at the Montoya team run by ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya. In 2020, Zuniga is now making the step up to single-seater motor racing with F4UAE, contesting the full 2020 season.
Born in Portugal but living in Mozambique, Rodrigo Almeida made his open-wheeler debut with F4UAE in 2019 at the Trophy Round. he contested the KZ2 class in the 2019 Mozambique Rotax, DKM Championship, WSK Series, CIKFIA World and European Championships. Previously in Junior Max he won in Mozambique Rotax and came 4th in Spanish Rotax. In 2017 was finished runner-up in Mozambique Rotax and participated in Junior Rok at the Rok Cup World Final. In 2016 he won Maxterino class in Mozambique Rotax and came 1st in Mini Rok in Mozambique.
Amna Al Qubaisi
Amna Al Qubaisi conpleted her second season of the Italian F4 Championship in 2019, where she claimed 10 top-20 finishes and a best result of P12 at Adria in 2018, and 7 top-20 finishes and a best result of P13 at Mugello in 2019. Her other accolades include becoming the first female to win both the UAE RMC Champion karting title in 2016 and the GCC Drivers Academy Competition in 2017, and was also the first Middle Eastern woman to take part in a motorsport test program for Formula E after the 2018 Ad Diriyah ePrix event in Saudi Arabia. She is the older sister of Hamda Al Qubaisi. At the 2019 F4UAE Trophy Round held as a support to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Amna claimed pole position and Race 1 victory in front of her home crowd.
Alex Connor is a sec-gen British expat who’s lived in Dubai all his life. He started racing in the 2013 Sodi World Series (SWS) Junior Cup at Dubai Kartdrome and contested 2 seasons in the UAE Rotax Micromax and IAME X30 Cadet. He’s the 2015/16 UAE X30 Cadet Champion and UAE Micro Max Vice-Champion, plus finished 3rd in the 2016 SWS Junior Cup World Finals. In the 2019 British F4 Championship (Arden) he finished 2nd in the rookie up, and he's also a member of the Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA). At the 2019 F4UAE Trophy Round, Alex took the Race 2 victory.
For six years Logan Hannah as been a member of the Arden-linked Young Racing Drivers Academy. Logan debuted in 2017/2018 F4UAE where she raced Round 1 at Yas Marina Circuit. In 2019 she raced the Scottish FF1600 championship, scoring three podiums and a 4th place in the drivers championship. Most recently she raced in the Walter Hayes Trophy (Silverstone), making it to the final and placing 21st out of 107 drivers on her first full season. Logan competed at the 2019 F4UAE Trophy Round.
Manaf Hijjawi has raced karts for the past 3 years and has competed in multiple European and world karting championships. His achievements include 2x UAE X30 Senior Champion, 2x Jordan Rotax Senior Champion, 2017 Dubai O Plate Champion, 2019 Dubai O Plate Vice Champion, was an FIA Young drivers program winner, and winner of a race in the Rotax Grand Finals 2018 (3rd overall in qualifying). Manaf competed in F4UAE for the 2019 Trophy Round supporting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ivan Peklin started karting professionally in 2011, the year he won the Ukrainian Karting Cup. In 2015 he become Ukrainian Karting Champion and followed this by becoming the youngest Ukrainian Karting Champion in KZ2 in 2017. In 2018 he drove in KZ2 in German, Italian, European and World championships, and also had his first race meeting in F4 at Le Mans. In 2019 Ivan is competing in FEED Racing France driver program and the F4UAE Trophy Round in November 2019, supporting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Constantin Reisch started karting at age 10 and finished runner-up in his first championship in 2015 in the Philippines. He raced in the Asian Karting Open Championship in Macau, finishing as vice-champion. Moving to Dubai, he raced Rotax and IAME X30 in Junior class and finished runner-up and P3 respectively. Representing the UAE in the CIK/FIA Academy, while also attending the Rotax International Trophy in the DD2 class in August 2019, Constantin will be racing in the DD2 Rotax Max UAE Championship in 2020. He made his open-wheeler debut at the 2019 Trophy Round held as support to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and contested Rounds 1 and 2 in 2020.
Tijmen van der Helm
In 2019, Tijmen van der Helm contested 26 starts in various F4 championships, scoring 12 podiums and 1 win (being in 2018/2019 F4UAE). Karting results include 2013 1st Dutch Championship Cadet, 2015 1st Dutch Winter Championship Minimax, 2017 1st Dutch Champion Junior Rotax, 2017 1st European Championship Junior Rotax, 2017 1st World Championship Junior Rotax, 2017 2nd CIK-FIA Academy Trophy and 2018 10th World Championship OK.