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Al Qubaisi sisters soak up learning curve at Le Mans

‘I had some really good results and also had the fastest lap at one point’

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Le Mans, France: Sisters Amnah and Hamda Al Qubaisi came away with plenty of positives from their participation at the IAME X30 Grand final at the Le Mans Karting International Circuit in France. Both sisters made to the final heat ahead of the pre-final and final.

Amnah (17) and Hamda (15), racing in the Senior Class, were on the pace right through the week and came away happy with their performances. Hamda was the youngest in class, which had 150 drivers hailing from all over the world.

Both sisters competed for Team UAE driving CRG karts under the supervision of Daman Speed Academy Team Manager Lorenzo Balzan.

With conditions constantly changing coupled with the cold weather and wet track proved to be another challenge all together for the Al Qubaisi sisters, but they adapted well.

“The race weekend was very tough. I had some really good results and also had the fastest lap at one point, which in itself is a big achievement. I had some unlucky races, but overall I have learnt a lot. I learnt that qualifying is the most important part of the race because with so many drivers it is not easy to start from the back. It was also important to finish the race,” said Hamda adding that the biggest challenge was to compete against the more experienced drivers but it has done a world of good to her confidence.

“Very tough race with over 150 drivers. I have been very unlucky throughout the weekend with the engine [issues] and then being pushed out,” revealed sister Amnah.