Q&A with a Champion Umair Khan the 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Class 2 Champion Umair Khan was crowned champion of 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship in the most competitive Class 2 category. He faced stern opposition from Team...
Q&A with a Champion
Umair Khan the 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Class 2 Champion
Umair Khan was crowned champion of 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship in the most competitive Class 2 category. He faced stern opposition from Team Lap57 team mate Omran Al Owais and privateer Aslam Moola. Khan who drove a Honda was a model of consistency and speed which ultimately led to his much deserved title. Here is an interview with the newly crowned champion.
How does it feel to be Champion?
Great! Especially after racing with same old friends but on a complete new level. Faster and better cars and drivers, a fairer play ground organized by DA, was not easy to maintain the lead. It went till the last race for me. Had some issues with the car which kept my car out of the race for four races in the season, but then that's racing as they say. Had to maintain our wining history as a team, which I and team mate Omran Al Owais did great at.
Describe your season from Round 1 to the final round...
Start was excellent! With four wins at first two meetings and as it progressed everyone getting better and better, that's when I had issued with my car and was out of four races which dropped my overall and class ranking and by the time I joined back with my car everyone had the taste of the podium and was quite difficult to take it back! Round 3 and Round 4 were not good weekends for me, but from Round 5 onwards things turned out to be good. Still had technical issues with the car and started at the back of the grid twice and finished first in class, that I thoroughly enjoyed, battling with A2B guys, Aslam Moola and my team mate Omran Al Owais.
What was the highlight of your season?
UAE National Race Day 5 for sure! I will never forget the test day, I had alignment issues due to the accident I had in last race meeting, couldn't test the car properly for race day five, worked overnight and got the alignment sorted. Come race day, had technical issues in qualifying, blew the engine! My Team Lap57 crew replaced the engine within two hours and I joined the race from the back of the grid and finished first in Race 1, started pole in Race 2 and finished first again! All the hard work on that race weekend was worth it.
What were the biggest disappointment/s or anxious moment/s of the season?
UAE National Race Day 4 when I started from the back of the grid in Race 1, was fighting for the lead with my Team Lap57 team mate Omran Al Owais and lost a drive shaft just before the checkered flag and finished fifth in the pitlane. The other being UAE National Race Day 7 where I dropped from first to third position on the last lap of Race 1.
Who do you wish to thank?
All the mechanics at the Team Lap57, specially Rizvi for making the best combo. All the drivers for an excellent show and of course none of this would have been possible without Dubai Autodrome, the management.
What are your off-season plans?
A Lap57 team trip to the Green Hell! Nurburgring Nordschleife. And plan some international motorsports event participation.
What are your plans for the 2010/2011 season?
Bring home the silver ware again. That's my goal Let's see what the team decides.