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Holland College Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

They say all good things come to an end.

The sun will set on the inaugural Canadian eMotorsports Network Formula 1 Series season this Thursday at the Holland College Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, under the lights of the virtual Yas Marina Circuit.

Pre-race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST on the Canadian eMotorsports Network Facebook page, with qualifying set for 7:40 p.m. EST and the race immediately afterward.

Weather wreaked havoc on last week’s Fix Auto Charlottetown Brazilian Grand Prix, where Jason Butler’s early gamble for intermediate tyres proved decisive as he claimed 519 E-Racing’s first victory in any Canadian eMotorsports Network event, finishing just under a second ahead of series champion Corbin MacAulay.

With Hurricanes eMotorsports wrapping up the constructors championship last week, both series titles are accounted for heading into the final race of the season, but second place is still up for grabs in both competitions.

Darcy Ford of Ares Racing is up 13 points (215-202) over North Border Racing’s Zach Sullivan for second in the drivers championship, while North Border Racing holds a slim 14-point advantage (251-237) over third-place Alpha Flow F1, while Ares Racing (225 points) is still in the fight, as well.

The only night race on the Canadian eMotorsports Network Formula 1 Series calendar, the Yas Marina circuit features 21 corners over the course of its 5.554 km layout.

A lap at Yas Marina begins with a short run from the start-finish line to Turn 1, a 90-degree left-hander taken in third gear. From there, the speed ramps up in Turns 2 through 4 as drivers climb before a slight downhill descent into the circuit’s first chicane at Turns 5 and 6, which must be navigated with precision leading into the tight hairpin at Turn 7.

From there, drivers will open up the throttle and fly into the circuit’s first straightaway and DRS zone before braking hard into the chicane composed of Turns 8 and 9. The exit immediately winds through Turn 10 and into the circuit’s second DRS zone, with more hard braking into the triple chicane made up of Turns 11 through 13.

Turn 14 awaits almost immediately, with a short approach into a triple right-hander at Turns 15 through 17. Drivers will then pass under the W Abu Dhabi Hotel as they make their way through Turns 18 and 19, a pair of left-handers to set up the remainder of the lap, with the right-hand Turn 20 taken at medium speed before finishing with the right-handed Turn 21 and getting back onto the start-finish straight.

Here are the standings entering Round 16 of the 2020 Canadian eMotorsports Network Formula 1 Series.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Network, visit hollandcollege.com/esports, and follow across social media @eMotorsportsCAN.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020