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Day 2 Of UAE Rotax Max Challenge Double Header At The Kartdrome
Posted by: newsla on Jan 19, 2014 - 08:03 AM
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Day 2 Of UAE Rotax Max Challenge Double Header At The Kartdrome


Dubai Kartdrome hosted some of the closest racing in memory on the second day of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge double header on Saturday, where the cream of the region's kart racers gathered, along with international talent,and fought it out for top honours in Round 8 of the championship.

 

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The format for day two was different to day one, as grids were determined by random ballot and points dished out during the three heat races (per class on the day) determining the starting grid for the all important Final of each of the categories. Also on the bill were two Time Trial sessions for the Bambino class.

The Senior Max class, which runs in conjunction with the Max Masters class, boasts the most entries on the national scene and also top young talent on any given weekend, combined the category invariably delivers action packed, close racing throughout the field. It was no different on Saturday.

Visiting Italian driver Emanuele Pagani got his first taste of the Kartdrome earlier in the week. On day one (Friday) he contested both the DD2 and Max Senior classes but did not manage to get on to the top step of the podium, however on day two he focused his efforts on the Max Senior class and in the end was rewarded with first place after an enthralling battle with Dubai schoolboy Tom Bale and Omani teenager Adullah Al Rawahi.

The trio set a scintilating pace as they dueled for top spot, swappping positions several times along the way. Shortly after mid-distance Pagani managed to get a break as the two behind him tussled it out, and thus edged out a lead to take victory from runner-up Bale who was a mere 0.285 of a second ahead of Al Rawahi in third place. Alessandro Stura was fourth and Faisal Al Zubair fifth.

In a race within a race, Max Master winner Kevin Day was pushed all the way to the finish line by second placed Raed Hassan, with Lee Arnold third, Walid Al Qassemi fourth and Abdulla Al Ali rounding out the top five.

Race of the day would have to be the DD2 Final where Sanad Al Rawahi, Oliver George, Piers Pakenham-Walsh, Fabienne Lanz and Maurits Knopjes werer all targeting a win, while all racing at lap record pace from the start until the chequred flag.

Pakenham-Walsh was in blistering form early on in the race with Al Rawahi, George, Lanz and Knopjes all in contention. But as the race progressed the front three got the edge and pushed each other relentlessly until the second last lap.

This is when Al Rawahi made his move to snatch the lead, and immediately opened a two second gap while Pakenham-Walsh had to dig deep to try and hold off George, but to no avail as the latter crossed the line to take second place, Pakenham-Walsh salvaged third but not after fending off Lanz who claimed fourth place.

Knopjes was fifth overall, but with that did enough to claim the DD2 Masters win, ahead of second placed Tony Hogg, Edward Stanley in third, Patrick Jarjour fourth and Jonathan Mowatt in fifth - the quartet side by side as they crossed the line, separated by a mere 1.157 seconds - as close as it gets.

The Max Juniors class continues to grow with bigger grids than ever before, and the two youngsters dominating proceedings this season are Taymour Kermanshahchi and Pasqual Pook. There is little to separate the two Dubai schoolboys on track, and it was no different in the final race as they blasted into the lead, bumper to bumper, leaving the rest of the field in their wake as they battled it out for top spot. In the end Kermanshahchi did enough to take the win, with Pook runner up by 0.180 of a second - another close finish. Khalid Al Wahibi was third.

Teymour Chehan powered to a comfortable win in the Mini Max Final, with Yahya Chohan and Eliot Jones second and third repsectively.

In the Micro Max Final, Sem Knopjes also turned out comfortable winner, ahead of second placed Jamie Day and Theo Kekati in third.

In the Bambino Class young Emirati prodigy Rashid Al Daheri was unstoppable winning both Time Trials on the day. Kris Knopjes was second best, with Harry Hannam third in the first Trial and Shrey Holmukhe third in the second Trial.

Kartdrome assistant manager David Bright summed up the weekend's racing, "The level of karting in the UAE is constantly on the rise. We saw some fantastic contests today on track, with great competitive spirit. We also witnessed fantastic performances by drivers and teams at the top of their game. And it is only getting better with every round."

Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch concluded, "The highly competitive environment makes for very close racing. There were inevitably several incidents during the course of the weekend, which is normal for racing of this level, but I must applaud our safety crews,marshals and officials who were exemplary under pressure in their dealing of these incidents. We are very proud to have hosted these rounds of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge and look forward to their next visit. It has been great working with the ATCUAE and the AARKC to deliver this highly successful double header event at our venue."


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