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Winners Reflect On Kartdrome Double Header Weekend
Posted by: newsla on Jan 20, 2014 - 04:11 PM
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Winners Reflect On Kartdrome Double Header Weekend

In the aftermath of an action packed double header weekend of Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) and SWS Sprint races at the Kartdrome, on 17 and 18 January - featuring 114 drivers competing in 42 races - the winners reflected on their achievement at the end of the final day.


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He had never seen the Kartdrome before the weekend, and perhaps he bit off more than he could chew on the opening day, but Italian driver Emanuele Pagani showed his class to win one of the tighest Finals ever seen at the venue on Saturday afternoon. He defied the local talent to take victory in the thrilling Senior Max final, punching the air in triumph as crossed the finish line.

Clearly content with victory, Pagani who drove a Tony Kart on the day said, "My feeling is very good here at the Kartdrome, I like this track. It's a technical track which I enjoy, but I only experienced it for the first time this weekend. On day one it was very difficult for me beacuse I did two categories - DD2 and Senior Max - I finished third in DD2 and second in Senior Max. But on day two I decided to focus only on Senior Max, and it was a good decision because I won the Final. It is good to win here in Dubai because the level of the competition is growing and becoming very strong. I really enjoyed my weekend at the Kartdrome and hope to be back again."

Kevin Day does double duty on every UAE RMC race weeekend, as driver and team principal of Energy UAE Kart Team. Thus wining both Max Master Finals wins on the two days of the double header weekend were sweet reward for his efforts.

Day commented afterwards, "We worked hard for it. Good preparation by the team this weekend. Hard driving throughout the field, maybe getting a bit old for it now me personally [laughs] but to be honest it was great fun. Many international drivers are racing here in our series now and that has pushed everyone further. The lap times this weekend are the fastest they have ever been. So yes it's been a pretty good weekend of racing, and of course winning is always good."

Sanad Al Rawahi has established himself as one of the leading young drivers in the region, the Omani winning championships and setting the pace on the local scene. He overcame a strong field to take top honours in the highly competitive DD2 Class driving an M-Sport kart.

He reflected after the podium ceremony, "We went through ups and downs on the final day but we managed to overcome these. With many fast drivers it was always tough. Once we resolved the problem I had in the mrning, I managed to challenge up at the front and the result was victory. I appreciate and congratulate everyone racing today, the driving was hard but fair. I held back for most of the race behind Piers [Pakenham-Walsh] because I knew if I overtook him early on the race then I would have to struggle defending later. I decided I did not want to do that, so kept behind him until the last few laps then decided to make the move which resulted in victory. It was a good race and I feel good to win here at the Kartdrome."

For several years Maurits Knopjes has been a perennial front runner on the local karting scene, and has always been the man to beat in the DD2 class. Although he once again bagged the DD2 Masters victory trophy, he wanted more.

Knopjes explained, "Really it is mixed feelings. It is good to win the DD2 Masters but my goal is to win overall, but I finsihed fifth. I have to find about two tenths in my lap times to challenge the young boys up at the front. Now I have something more to work towards. On the other hand, in terms of the DD2 Masters championship and qualifying for the Rotax Max World Finals, it is all looking good."

There was nothing to separate Pascal Pook and Teymour Kermanshahchi throughout the weekend in the Junior Max class, but on day two in the Final Kermanshahchi did enough to take top honours by a mere 0.180 of a second after a riveting finale.

Kermanshahchi, who drives an M-Sport kart, summed up the Final from his perspective, "It feels great to win the Junior Max final. I must say a big thank you to Kieran Crawley, Andrew Fuller and of course my family who support and help me out. We had a few difficulties at the beginning of the day, but at the end we got the new rubber on and managed to pull through. In the final I defended because I knew he [Pascal] would not give up. It was a very tough fight and on the last lap, at every corner it was block, block, block. Had it covered, just had to think ahead."

Action returns to the most popular karting venue on 14 March 2014, for the Kartdrome Festival where Rotax Max Chllenge karts and drivers will make up the bulk of the drivers in the non-championship event.

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