XSPORT driver Nick Canal wins Formula Gulf 2013 Championship title


Fri, Mar 29th 2013 – Formula Gulf 1000 – The Final rounds of the Formula Gulf 1000 Championship was a nail biting finale right down to the final laps.

However eighteen year old Spanish/American GEMS student Nick Canal was crowned 2012/13 Formula Gulf 1000 Champion after securing vital points and two top 5 finishes in the final rounds 13 & 14 of this extremely competitive series. All drivers according to the championship rules have to drop one of their worst rounds in points and fortunately for Nick his worst race was in Yas Circuit where he only scored 2 points in an unfinished race ( DNF ) race earlier in February. Nick also scored valuable points during the season by six Pole positions that also carried valuable points.

Round 13 on the Dubai Autodrome 3.5km National circuit was bitter sweet for Nick as he had his sights set on a podium finish to mark the last race weekend of the season but he ran wide on turn the last turn on the last lap, fending off Weiron Tan, allowing the Malaysian to skip past to take the third place.

Later in the afternoon during round 14 at 4:15pm with the sun low in the sky and Nick struggling for grip on his already worn tyres, Nick Canal was fending off the charge from Saeed Bintouq as by the last few laps Nicks tyres were finished and he had a tough job securing those much needed final points.

Overall on the day Nick Canal had done enough to secure his Championship title. After accepting the Championship perpetual cup, which is already engraved with the name of last years winner, Lebanese ace Joe Ghanem.


“Im so happy to have achieved what I set out to do, it was not easy and the wins didn’t always come, but I tried to focus on bringing the car home in one piece at every race to keep my points tally up, strategically I had a strong lead in the championship, but there were a few moments when I thought I had thrown it all away so I just tried to keep my focus and not get disillusioned. I really want to thank Lex Akehurst at XSport Driver Management and especially my family for all the support thought the year, as they came to watch all of my races and they are the ones who have given me this opportunity, without them backing me financially too I would not be accepting this Champions trophy today.” commented Nick Canal.

“Now I will go on a short holiday with my family before returning to Dubai, I am aiming to raise some more sponsorship funding so that I can continue to represent Dubai in International racing, next year I am hoping to go to the USA where I aim to enter the Indy Lights series as the first Dubai driver to do so.” commented Nick.

Nick ready for action-Image Darren Rycroft