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Amna and Khaled Al Qubaisi join Hamda at Prema in FRAC

by Ida Wood

There will be three Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema entries in Formula Regional Asian Championship later this month, with all three piloted by members of the Al Qubaisi family.

Italian Formula 4 graduate Hamda Al Qubaisi had already been announced as moving up to FRAC, having driven for the team in two race-winning F4 United Arab Emirates campaigns and in Italy, before joining Prema’s main line-up in 2021.

Her older sister Amna has had a similar career path but with less success in Italian F4. She drove for Prema as a rookie, then was at Abu Dhabi Racing in her second campaign in 2019 when she won from pole in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s F4 support race.

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Abu Dhabi Racing and the Al Qubaisi family,” said Prema team principal Rene Rosin.

“We worked with Khaled, Amna, and Hamda several times during the years, and it will be special to field them all together this time. We are also strong supporters of FRAC. Our experience last year was extremely positive, so we are looking forward to another highly competitive season.”

It will be the second time Amna and Khaled have raced for the joint Abu Dhabi Racing and Prema operation in FRAC, with both contesting the 2021 season. Amna came 24th in the standings with a best finish of 14th, and her father Khaled claimed two 15th places from two rounds.

They had initially been set to share a car last year but Amna ended up contesting the full season in the UAE-based series, and the announcement of the 2022 line-up says they have a car each but does not mention how many rounds they will do.

In addition to nine races in FRAC with two points scored from a 10th place, 46-year-old Khaled Al Qubaisi also has a successful sportscar career which includes overall victory in the Dubai 24 Hours in 2012, ’13 and ’20, the 2013 Gulf 12 Hours and two World Endurance Trophy GTEAm class wins.