Team Magic driver Tejas Hirani registered his maiden win during the third and fourth rounds of the Formula Gulf 1000 races held at the Dubai Autodrome Motorsports Club over the weekend.
On his way up, Hirani displayed awesome driving skills in the event which serves as United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) official National Single Seater Championship. Hirani who skipped the season-ending Kenya National Autocross Championship 9 in Athi River yesterday (Sunday), was fastest in all testing sessions.
He qualified on pole and set fastest times in both races and won both. After victory, Hirani had this to say on his facebook page (Tejas Hirani Racing): “A great weekend it was for me. I finished first in round 3 yesterday (Friday) and matched it with another first position today (Saturday) in round 4. It was a tough race but I managed to come out tops!
Thanks everyone for the support and thanks to FG1000 Team mechanics and engineers and Rob’s Magic – my sponsor who has made this all possible. I’m glad to be leading the Championship table at the moment and I will be back in Kenya in January.”
Team Magic’s principal Rob Collinge was equally chaffed by Hirani’s exploits adding that the teenage driver had a great future on formula car. Hirani has on sundry occasions been spoilt for choice as to whether to stick to formula cars or realize his dream on gravel.
He has a burning ambition to become Kenya’s first Formula 1 driver.
The 17 year old St Austin’s Academy student made his debut in the Formula Gulf 1000 last month and finished second and third overall in the opening two rounds. “To give you an example of how fast FG 1000 cars are, they are faster than the Porsche super cup cars and the Ferraris.
The only car which was faster in qualifying was the Bentley but on race day Tejas was the fastest driver out there. We are getting all the time if all the cars that raced. We are going to Turkey next weekend to drive the super lites in an audition for the world rally cross driving Ford Focus BHP cars,” Collinge who is a former Kenya rally champion in the 70s said.
Back home, Hirani has already retained both the Two Wheel Non Turbo autocross and Rally Raid buggy championships on his new Rage Buggy.
UAE National Raceday (Formula Gulf 1000GP Circuit 5.399 km)-Results
1. Tejas HIRANI (FG1000) 10 laps 2:01.687
2. Edi HAXHIU (FG100010) 2:02.397
3. Mashur BAL HEJAILA (FG1000) 10 laps 2:04.072
4. Alfaisal AL ZUBAIR (FG1000) 2:04.365
5 Yousuf AL BADER (FG1000) 10laps. 2:04.292
6. Neil GREER (FG1000) 10 laps 2:09.214