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​​       BORN IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA IN THE EARLY 80’s, CATALIN MOVED TO DUBAI, UAE IN 2012, AFTER SPENDING SEVERAL YEARS OF WORKING AND LIVING IN LONDON, UK. SEEING THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES INVOLVED WITH THIS MOVE, CATALIN HAD TO ADAPT TO THIS NEW ENVIRONMENT, MAKING HIS WAY IN A NEW INDUSTRY, WHICH FORCED HIM TO REINVENT HIMSELF, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ADAPT HIS WAY OF THINKING, OPERATE OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE AND TO PLAN AHEAD AT ALL TIMES, LOOKING FOR THAT UNIQUE OUTSIDE THE BOX APPROACH.

       HE WAS NO STRANGER TO CARS THROUGH TIME SPENT WORKING WITH MERCEDES-BENZ IN THE LATE 2000'S. PART OF HIS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ROLE WITH BENZ, WAS TO PERFECTLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO UTILISE ALL THE ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS AVAILABLE ON THE CAR INCLUDING; ABS, ESP, ETC ASR AND EBA. THIS ENCOURAGED HIM TO LEARN  DEFENSIVE DRIVING TECHNIQUES HOWEVER, AS DEFENSIVE DRIVING IS NOT NECESSARILY FUN, IN  EARLY 2014, CATALIN BECAME INTERESTED INTO THE RACING OPTIONS IN THE UAE.

AS HE IS PASSIONATE TO HELP OTHERS, HE STARTED PASSING ON HIS EXPERIENCE, BY INSTRUCTING FOR AUH MOTORSPORTS AND DUBAI AUTODROME SINCE THE END OF 2014. THIS MADE PERFECT SENSE FOR HIM AS IN HIS DAY TO DAY JOB, CATALIN IS HELPING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WITH THEIR FUTURE FINANCIAL PLANNING, BY ADVISING THEM HOW, WHEN AND WHERE TO INVEST THEIR SURPLUS OF MONEY, HOW TO MINIMISE COSTS RELATED TO MORTGAGES OR FX AND IS ALWAYS THERE FOR ALL HIS CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENTS. HE IS A TRUE BELIEVER IN IMPROVING OTHERS, KEEPING THE ROADS SAFER AND INTRODUCE MORE CARS OR DRIVING ENTHUSIASTS TO THE WORLD OF MOTORSPORT. 

THIS IS WHEN HE MET THE AUH MOTORSPORTS TEAM, WHICH ARE THE PROMOTERS AND ORGANISERS OF THE F4 UAE AND THE RADICAL MIDDLE EAST CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS. HE STARTED USING A RADICAL SR3 FOR TRACK DAYS AND AT THE END OF 2014, AFTER OBTAINING THE RACING LICENSE, HE STARTED RACING IT AND HASN'T STOPPED SINCE. HIS REASONS ARE SIMPLE; THE FEELING IN THAT CAR IS UNIQUE AS YOU HAVE NO DRIVE ASSISTS (POWER STEERING, ABS, ESP OR ASR) AND IS CONSTANTLY PUTTING YOU OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE WHILE FORCING YOU TO THINK WAY AHEAD, ANTICIPATE AND REACT ACCORDINGLY. THE DOWNFORCE ALLOWS YOU TO TRAVEL AROUND THE CORNERS AT MIND BLOWING SPEED AND THE HIGH PERFORMANCE BRAKES, ALLOWS YOU TO SLOW DOWN THE CAR IN UNBELIEVABLE SHORT DISTANCES. HE IS A SELF-TAUGHT RACING DRIVER AND PROUD OF IT.  

    HE IS NOT THE FASTEST GUY ON THE GRID AND THE REASON IS SIMPLE; HE STARTED RACING LATE COMPARED TO HIS COMPETITORS WHO MAY HAVE STARTED STARTED AS EARLY AS 8. HOWEVER, HIS KNOWLEDGE, RESILIENCE, TIME ON TRACK AND AMBITION TO LEARN AND PERFORM, ARE MAKING HIM TODAY ONE OF THE MOST CONSISTENT DRIVERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS, WITH COMPETITIVE LAP TIMES, GRID POSITIONS AND RACE RESULTS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. TODAY HE IS CONSTANTLY OUT QUALIFYING DRIVERS THAT USED TO BEAT HIM IN THE PAST AND HAVING HIM IN THE MIRRORS, YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE PRESSURED WHILE WHEN YOU ARE HAVING HIM IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU KNOW IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO PASS HIM.