I have been riding a wave of good luck, participating in some exciting racing around the world though I have been rejected for a number of events. Chiefly among them the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates at the Yas Marina Circuit. While I thought the Malaysian F1 GP was nearly impossible to get into, after applying a great deal of persistence and seeking the right people I managed to participate, and to me it was one of the best F1 experience’s I’ve ever had. Abu Dhabi unfortunately seems like a bust.
Ironically I didn’t plan on volunteering in the middle east until I met a British expat at the Malaysian GP who suggested I should join him in Abu Dhabi where he’s a starter. I thought with such an invitation its a done deal, but boy was I wrong. My contact was a bit too diplomatic about not breaking the news to me that they refuse new international entries. So of course when faced with rejection I step up my aggressiveness and researched all the folks responsible for running this event. In the case of Abu Dhabi the Automotive and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates or ATCUAE http://www.atcuae.ae/ they even have a marshal site that seems to be under construction: http://www.atcuaemarshals.ae/
Well after a few e-mails back and forth with Sheik Mohammed Ben Sulayem I am still un-accepted which is a shame, I was really looking forward to this event. I had some communication with another official – Tanya Kutsenko, a Ukrainian project manager who informed me that they don’t have enough tabards to have me join them, what a terribly lame excuse. Perhaps I’ll do the Bahrain F1 GP next year instead http://www.bahraingp.com/come to think of it I should have flown home via Bahrain and participated in the LeMans / World Endurance Championship the weekend after Singapore GP but I’m already signed up for Rolex Grand Am at the Lime Rock Park.
Enjoy some pix from the Malaysian F1 GP one of my favorite thus far: