Stormy Algarve Weekend For Khani

Kourosh Khani Was Left Disappointed In Portugal - Photo Credit: James Bearne


Kourosh Khani endured a tough weekend in Rounds Three and Four of the FIA Formula Two Championship in Portugal.

Throughout practice, qualifying and the race, unseasonable weather, including hail, torrential rain and high winds, make the going very tough for the Iranian racer.

The first qualifying session took place on a drying track and with hardly any previous dry running, Khani could only struggle to fifteenth on the grid for the opening race. A textbook start and aggressive opening few laps saw Khani run as high as eighth before the heavens opened, with Khani running wide onto a wet kerb and falling back down the field, finishing fourteenth.

The second qualifying session saw Khani gamble with a dry set-up on a drying track, however a torrential storm meant the gamble backfired and he could only end up fourteenth. The former Formula Renault BARC ace challenged in the middle of the pack on the opening lap, however a collision with David Zhu at the hairpin put an end to his race.

Khani said: “I am very disappointed with the weekend. The conditions were never with us and I had no chance to work with my Engineer to achieve a good balance in the car, as the conditions were so inconsistent.”

“Starting in a grid spot lower than my pace always increases the risk of contact in the pack, and today I fell victim to that.I'm very much looking forward to Nurburgring, and can't wait to put this weekend behind me and show what I can do.”