Alex and Logan to race at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 11, 2019


It was recently announced that both YRDA drivers, Alex Connor and Logan Hannah will be on the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the F4 UAE Trophy. A non-championship event, it will give both drivers a chance to race on the World’s biggest stage and experience racing within a Formula One paddock for the first time.

Alex Connor to race with reigning champions Xcel Motorsport

Having lived in Dubai for the majority of his life, for Alex this will almost feel like a home race at the Yas Marina Circuit. Alex competed in the Sodi World Series and UAE Karting Championships before eventually racing in the UK where he quickly graduated to British F4.

It has been an impressive debut season for Alex in single seaters. With his age forcing him to sit out of the opening round, when Alex got on the grid he was quickly up to speed taking rookie wins and podiums on his debut in the series at Donington Park.

Alex’s consistency from there would see him finish outside of the top ten just once over the ten rounds. His progress in the car was highlighted at the season finale where Alex took his first podium of the season along with two 4th place finishes.

Since then Alex has had a trip to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup post-season test. Alex took part in the first day of testing with Arden Motorsport finishing 17th overall just 2.7 seconds off the quickest time set by drivers who had raced in the series all season.

That recent experience will certainly help Alex as he prepares to race in single seaters outside of the UK for the first time. It’s going to be a completely new challenge but one Alex is prepared for and he will certainly be making the most of this amazing opportunity!

A ‘Dream’ come true for Logan

This will not be Logan’s first time racing in the F4 UAE Championship. Back in 2017 raced in the opening round of the championship at the Yas Marina Circuit with an 8th and two 7th place finishes.

The previous experience will definitely be a huge help to Logan and should help her quickly get up to speed. Having impressed Dream Racing on that occasion and after an even more impressive 2019, it is no surprise that the opportunity has come back around for the Scottish driver.

Logan focused on racing back home this year competing in the Scottish Formula Ford championship where podium finishes helped her to 4th overall. After great progress all year Logan then had her chance to show how far she has come on the big stage in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy.

First up was the Festival, an historic event in the Motorsport calendar which takes place at Brands Hatch every year. Logan made it as far as the last chance race which was a fantastic effort in her Festival debut.

There was certainly a lot of experience gained and Logan used that to put in a brilliant performance at the Walter Hayes Trophy. In a grid of over 100 drivers Logan made it all the way to the final matching W Series Champion, Jamie Chadwick, for pace along the way. Logan finished 21st place overall, it was the result of a lot of hard work and has given Logan a huge amount of confidence which she will take into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix event.

Although a different car to what she has driven all year, for Logan it will be a great test to race against much more experience drivers in F4 cars and see just how far she has come since 2017.

Roll on November 28th!

The F4 UAE Trophy will officially kick off on the Thursday of race week with two races taking place over the weekend. This is the first time the championship has supported a Formula One Grand Prix and is set to provide the huge crowd with some entertaining racing to enjoy.