By Gureni Lukwaro
American University of Sharjah student L'Emir Mohamed Chehab has won the 2016 UAE Autocross Championship after an outstanding season that saw him dominate all rounds he has participated in so far.
Chehab, who is a mechanical engineering student at American University of Sharjah (AUS), drove a rear-wheel drive Silvercar ST2 for the BMC airlifters Racing Team for the four rounds of the UAE Autocross Championship five-round season.
The 19-year-old clinched the overall championship after winning each of the four rounds which, according to the sport’s regulations, gives him the title, as the final championship standing is determined by the drivers’ performance in any four of the five rounds of the championship season.
Autocross is a kind of competition where drivers drive through a defined course, one at a time and the driver who finishes the courses safely using the shortest amount of time wins. This is a form of motorsport that emphasizes safe competition among competing drivers. The main difference between autocross and other kinds of racing competitions is that in autocross one driver, at a time, races against the clock not against other drivers.
“On the race day, it rained a little. So the driving range was wet. Driving in the wet brought a lot of pressure that’s for sure, but it spiced up the whole event, hoping it will dry in which it did, and brought the win home. Proved at a young age that I am capable to stand with the legends of this sport, but the problem that I’m always facing is the support needed to compete in many other championships, and without my father’s support I wouldn’t stand where I am today,” said Chehab.
Prior to this season, the Lebanese motorsports enthusiast had won other competitions, such as the Junior Buggy category of the Emirates Motorsports Club’s First Rallycross held in April 2015 in Sharjah; Overall Winner and First Category Winner of the ADNEC Drift in March 2015; Novice Class Winner at the Sharjah Rally 2015; UAE Autocross in All Wheel Drive and Rear Wheels Drive Stock categories in January 2015; and Third Overall Winner at the Toyota Yaris Cup and Novice Class Winner at the UAE Motoplex 24 Hours Endurance 4x4 Rally in December 2014.
“I would like to thank BMC Racing Team for being my first sponsor and thanks to Silvercar UAE for their continuous support. Of course, I would also like to thank my father, whose support has been essential in my career. My future is still up ahead. There are many talented students who wish to be where I am, so I am grateful and blessed to be doing what I’m doing,” added Chehab.
L'Emir Mohamed Chehab is a good example of how AUS students strive for excellence in both academic and extracurricular activities.