This past weekend in the UAE brought much excitement to motor car racing and golf fans. Two separate World Championship events attracted great crowds and crowned new title winners. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, final race of the FIA Formula One season, took place at the Yas Marina Circuit, F1 Formula 1’s only twilight race; the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the season-ending match-play event (sponsored by DP World) brought some of the best players in Golf to the Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Both events saw the standings leaders prevail over their rivals: British driver Lewis Hamilton for the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship and Irishman golfer Rory McIlroy of the DP World Tour Championship came out victorious. Both earned themselves a championship title with a merit trophy and a place in the history books.
With victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton clinched his second word title of motor racing championship for Formula One; however, unlike in 2008 where he won the driver’s title by a single point, this year he won by a much bigger margin (67) over Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg who suffered car trouble and finished 14th. Although Nico started in pole position, Lewis, who sat second in the line-up, drove like a true champion. At the start, before the first turn, he surpassed his teammate for the lead; from then on, he proved it was too difficult to catch him as Mercedes prepared him, again, a winning car – just as the team had done at so many other F1 circuits this year. Rosberg after a hard-fought season, and in spite of the car trouble, was determined to finish the race. Afterwards, he congratulated his rival for his Abu Dhabi win, driver’s championship title and overall season performance.
Meanwhile, at one of the world’s most prestigious residential golf developments, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Swede Henrik Stenson was defending his DP World Tour Championship and trying to become the Race to Dubai champion; he was only able to meet one of the goals. Although he was able to retain his DP World Tour Championship title (with a 16 under par), Rory McIlroy (NIR) came out on top over his rivals in The Race to Dubai thanks to dominant tours wins and the world stage victories this year. He proved to be the golfer to beat in the tourney going into the final round, as Official World Golf Ranking # one came up tied second – along with J Rose (ENG), V Dubuisson (FRA) who each finished at 14 under par. At the end of day, Henrik was the most deserving winner of The Race to Dubai said Chief Executive of The European Tour George O’Grady.
Certainly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had been the place to be last weekend for sports enthusiasts.