Daman Speed Academy (DSA) driver Amna Al Qubaisi was crowned champion in the Senior Max category of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge after sealing her place in history with a second place finish in the final round at the Al Ain International Speedway. Amna beat her nearest rival to the title by a huge 173 points.
The plucky Abu Dhabi schoolgirl was aware from the start from the final round that she had the numbers in her favour, but nevertheless wanted to finish the season on a high note. Asked if she is intimidated by the 20 laps for the final race of the season, Amna said: "No not at all, I am very fit!""
Amna began the weekend on a good pace winning pole position in qualifying and then went into the final on Saturday from fourth on the grid for the 20-lap race. The race started well enough but just after the first lap she was involved in a three-kart incident; but luckily she came out unscathed and moved to P2."
Obviously that result did not affect the championship title and the Abu Dhabi schoolgirl created history in such a prestigious championship. Amna Al Qubaisi said: "A tough weekend. I want to thank my team, Daman Speed Academy, Abu Dhabi Racing, my mechanic Tom and of course my parents for this wonderful title."
"It was a tough weekend; I started the final in fourth and then there was an incident with two other karts and I moved ahead to second and was always within the fastest times to the leader. I would have loved to win this last race but winning the championship feels awesome. It is great to be the first Emirati girl to win this championship and go to the World Finals in Portugal in November. I hope to do well there.""
Amna continued from there to maintain her position and even put pedal to metal in her quest for a race win by clocking the fastest time on lap five. At one point, she was two seconds off the leader but continued to push and eventually finished 0.6sec off the race winner. She eventually finished on 1,071 points against 898 for her title challenger."