* UAE RALLY ACE BACKS AL AIN * FRENCH TESTING UPDATES * ANDERLECHT CENTENARY PRIZE * RANGERS FANS FLOCK TO KNOCKHILL AL AIN SUPERLEAGUE ENTRY TO INSPIRE YOUNG DRIVERS Leading Middle East rally hero Mohammed Bin Sulayem has thrown his support...
* UAE RALLY ACE BACKS AL AIN * FRENCH TESTING UPDATES * ANDERLECHT CENTENARY PRIZE * RANGERS FANS FLOCK TO KNOCKHILL
AL AIN SUPERLEAGUE ENTRY TO INSPIRE YOUNG DRIVERS
Leading Middle East rally hero Mohammed Bin Sulayem has thrown his support behind the Al Ain football club's entry into Superleague Formula. Bin Sulayem attended last Monday's fan unveiling at Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium - taking a close look at the 750 horsepower, V12 powered single seater.
A 14-time winner of the FIA Middle-East Rally Championship, Bin Sulayem also established UAE Desert Challenge which has gone on to become the final round of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. "This is a very important development for this region because while rallying has always been big here, and now we have a number of road racing circuits, this will be a representative of the region taking part at the highest level on a world stage," Bin Sulayem said. "This will certainly inspire young drivers in this part of the world - they will want to one day represent the Al Ain club. "While my career has concentrated on rallying, I would love to get the chance to try the car - that would be fantastic experience." Al Ain fans celebrated the club's entry into Superleague Formula with a victory on the pitch against Al Nasr 2-1.
HOME SOIL TESTING FOR JOUANNY
Superleague Formula test driver Bruce Jouanny completed several race distance runs in testing last week at Magny-Cours. The Hitech Motorsport-run prototype tested for three days last week at the home of the French Grand Prix. Jouanny was also equipped with the latest specification Menard V12 engine - now with the full 750 horsepower available. "We completed three full race distance tests and I can certainly warn the race drivers they will face very physically demanding weekends," Jouanny said.
"The car is now fantastic to drive, but with the horsepower and grip available - it certainly is very physical. "The excellent thing is the fact that the car is very consistent over a race distance. The balance between starting with full tanks and fresh tyres - through to old tyres and low fuel remains very similar.
"At the end of the run, the car remains very strong and is probably a little bit faster on low fuel."
The final round of prototype testing will take place at Estoril in Spain from June 2-4.
CELEBRATING CENTENARY WITH A RIDE ON THE WILD SIDE
Six lucky RSC Anderlecht fans have added reason to celebrate the club's centenary at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium after last night. The Belgian club staged a centenary gala event at its home stadium on Thursday. Anderlecht's Superleague Formula car was on display at the function and attendees got the chance to win a ride aboard the Superleague Formula three-seater cars at the third round of the championship at Zolder. The three-seater cars are being built by Menard Competition Technologies and will feature the same 750 horsepower, V12 power that is in the race cars. Three cars will entertain media and guests at each round of the championship. Divider
RANGERS FANS FLOCK TO KNOCKHILL
While many Rangers fans headed to Manchester for Wednesday's UEFA Cup final, many also took the trip to the Scottish Knockhill circuit last weekend to view their Superleague Formula entry for the first time.
After last week's unveiling at Ibrox Stadium, the Rangers machine headed to Knockhill for the annual Scottish Motor Show - attended by more than 30,000 spectators over the weekend. "Having the Rangers car on site was a great addition to our show," Knockhill's Marketing Manager and BTCC ace, Gordon Shedden said. "We had a host of fans taking photos of the car all weekend, and a host of jealous supporters from other clubs wishing they were involved. "We'd love to have the racecar back next year - hopefully to do some laps around the circuit once the driver has been selected."