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Day 1 Of UAE Rotax Max Challenge And Sws Sprint Races Double Header
Posted by: newsla on Jan 18, 2014 - 08:11 AM
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Day 1 Of UAE Rotax Max Challenge And Sws Sprint Races Double Header At The Kartdrome


Abdullah Al Rawahi and his older brother Sanad Al Rawahi were the stars of the first day of the Dubai Kartdrome double header, Round 7 of the 2013-2014 UAE Rotax Max Challenge and the first SWS Series Sprint races of the new year - the Omani pair emerging winners in the top categories on the day.

 

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Abdullah Al Rawahi triumphed in the tightly contested Senior Max Class, featuring the region's best karting drivers. He signalled his intent by qualifying on pole and followed that up with second place in the Heat race, and then took third place in the Pre-final before scorching to victory in the all important Final.

Chasing Al Rawahi all day was visiting Italian driver Emanuele Pagani who finished second in the Final after a gripping battle with Kartdrome bred duo Tom Bale and Ameer Hassan. The latter winning the Heat race and the Pre-final but only managing fifth in the Final, where Patrick Hannah shone to take third place, followed by Bale in fourth.

Kevin Day fended off a strong challenge from Abdulla Al Ali and Raed Hassan to claim first place in the Final of the Max Master class.

In the DD2 class Sanad Al Rawahi overcame a quality field to take maximum points in the Final, after a tense race long duel with Piers Pakenham-Walsh. The pair were the class of the DD2 field with Pakenham-Walsh coming out tops in the Heat race and Pre-final, Al Rawahi on his bumper in both races. There was little to separate them all day, but in the end Al Rawahi did the business in the Final to take the win and beating Pakenham Walsh by a mere 0.236 of second.

Behind them Pagani, doing double duty by contesting both the Senior Max and DD2 categories, finished third ahead of Oliver George, Maurits Knopjes and visiting South African lady racer Fabienne Lanz in sixth.

Knopjes did enough to take top spot in the DD2 Master class ahead of Patrick Jarjour and Edward Stanley.

Pasqual Pook proved to be unbeatable in the Junior Max class by qualifying on pole and winning all three races including the Final, where Taymour Kermanshahchi chased hard to take second and third going to Giulio Peroni.

Tehmur Chohan powered to a comfortable victory in the Final of the Mini Max class, with Yahya Houston second and Amir Dargahi third.

Also dominant and unbeatable on the day in the Micro Max class was Sem Knopjes who took home the winners trophy for his efforts. Ziggy Kermanshahchi was second in the final, ahead of Theo Kekati.

A potent field gathered for the first SWS RX7 Sprint races of 2014, but it was the usual suspects once again setting the pace at the front. From the first laps of qualifying onwards Atef Al Barwani and Hussain Ali were the drivers to beat.

Ali took top honours in the first race, with Barwani less than a quarter of a second behind claiming the runner-up spot and Bahraini visitor Mohammed Abdul Aziz impressing to finish third ahead of fourth placed Chris Edwards, Carsten Winter fifth and schoolgirl Abigail Birch crossing the line sixth.

It was a case of role reversal in race two as Al Barwani took the win, and Ali claiming the runner-up spot only 0.667 of a second adrift of the winner. Abdul Aziz was third again, followed by Edwards, Winter and Rashid Al Mammari.

Sam Garbutt and Kamal Agha shared a win apiece in the SWS Junior LR4 sprint races. Agha winning race one with Garbutt in second and Alex Connor third. Garbutt and Agha were first and second respectively in the second race, ahead of third placed Mansour Al Sarraj.

The second race day of the Kartdrome double header weekend takes place on Saturday (18 January) featuring Round 8 of 2013-2014 UAE Rotax Max Challenge. Entry for spectators is free.


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