December 3, 2019
Alex made the most of his chance to race in front of the F1 & F2 teams with a fantastic performance eventually leading to him taking a win in race two. After a successful Formula Renault test with Arden Motorsport just a few weeks ago, Alex put that experience to good work going 4th in qualifying.
That gave Alex a good chance at a podium finish in both races and further improvements on track in race one would get him off to a great start. The Xcel Motorsport driver would move himself up to 3rd with the top three evidently quicker than the rest of the field. Along with the top two, Alex was the only other driver to break into the 2:13 and that put him comfortably in 3rd. For a driver, still in his rookie year of single seater racing it was an impressive result, but Alex felt there were more improvements to make and he now had his eyes on a win in race two.
From row two Alex made a good start to the race and after an incident ahead between the two leaders early in the race Alex quickly took the lead. With ten laps still remaining Alex had a task on his hands to hold off more experienced drivers behind. One of those was local driver Manaf Hijjawi who would keep the pressure on throughout the race.
But Alex made no mistakes and would go on to take a deserved victory and his first in single seater racing! Having taken rookie wins and podiums in British F4, as well as one overall podium, it was a sign of his improvement in 2019 and his work in the off season so far. On the biggest stage in Motorsport he couldn’t have picked a better time to win and there will no doubt be eyes on Alex in 2020 after his performances at Yas Marina.
For Logan, last weekend would see a return to the F4 UAE Championship after a very brief spell in the series during the 2017/18 championship. She would once again race with Dream Racing and after an impressive year in the Formula Ford class she returned with high hopes to impress on the big stage.
However, problems for Logan were present right from the off with Logan completing just four laps in practice giving her very little to time to re-adjust to the circuit as well as the F4 car which is very different to the Formula Ford’s Logan has been driving all year. Mechanical issues continued into qualifying leaving Logan over five seconds off the pace and still with no time to get the car setup for the races which were to follow next. If that wasn’t difficult enough already with no teammates setting up the car was even more difficult with Logan having no other data to go off.
Logan was now playing catch up and would have to treat race one as an extended test session. But as well as getting the car back up to speed and getting used to the car and circuit, Logan would gain places to finish an impressive 8th place as well as closing the gap to the leaders by over two seconds in terms of lap times.
That gap would be reduced further with another impressive performance in race two. From the back of the grid Logan worked her way into the top ten finishing 9th and closing a further second to the leaders in lap times. Logan kept herself in the fight for 6th place which was a brilliant effort given the problems she suffered during practice and qualifying.
Having raced in Formula Ford all season it’s fair to say Logan would have to be realistic about her achievements in Abu Dhabi. But she showed great spirit after all the problems she suffered and her never give up attitude led her to two top ten finishes and left her feeling proud with her efforts on her trip back to Scotland.
It was fantastic to have two drivers from the #YRDArmy racing on the World stage and it’s fair to say both Alex and Logan have exciting seasons ahead in 2020!