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SWS RX7 and Junior Sprint Races at the Kartdrome
Posted by: newsla on Mar 05, 2014 - 07:02 AM
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SWS RX7 and Junior Sprint Races at the Kartdrome

Dubai Kartdrome hosted the third round of the 2014 SWS Sprint Cup on Monday 2 March, featuring some of the country's top leisure kart drivers who once again delivered racing of the highest standard.


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Qualifying gave an indication of how tight things would be on the night in the SWS RX7 Class, with 32 drivers in action and the top ten separated by a mere second, with Rami Azzam scorching around with a best lap of 1:11:494 to claim pole position.

In the first race Ali Al Mansoori turned sixth place into a great win with Piers Pakenham Walsh chasing him all race long, but forced to settle for second by only 0.453 of a second, with Azzam tucked behind in the slipstream to take third.

Hussain Umid Ali fought off a spirited challenge to finish fourth, ahead of Craig Shenton and Paul Chatenay who were fifth and sixth respectively.

Up next were Hadi Al Baloushi seventh, Abigail Birch eighth, Karan Rallan ninth and Fraser Rose rounding out the top ten.
It was a case of deja vu for the top three in the second race as Al Mansoori took win number two of the night, with runner-up Pakenham Walsh 0.141 of a second behind and Azzam third again.

Al Baloushi dug deep to claim fourth place, ahead of Shenton in fifth, reigning champion Atef Al Barwani sixth, Umid Ali seventh, Rose eighth, Chatenay ninth and rookie Romandlo Lubrooy tenth.

Fastest lap of the night - 1:11.011 - also went to Al Mansoori.

Earlier in the evening young Alex Connor dominated the SWS Junior Cup races, winning both with ease and unchallenged, his fastest lap on the day almost a full second quicker than his closest rival.

The real action was behind Connor with Sam Garbutt taking second place in race one, ahead of Samir Malas who grabbed the final podium slot after a race long battle with pole winner Mansour Al Sarraj and Oscar McElroy, who were fourth and fifth respectively. Luis Velasco finished sixth.

With Connor driving into the distance once again in race two, attention was focussed on the battle for second and third where Al Sarraj bounced back to take the runner-up spot ahead of Harvey Cairns in third, McElroy fourth, Freddie Barker fifth and Garbutt sixth.

Kartdrome assistant manager David Bright summed up the evening, "This was some of the most disciplined racing and quality driving we have had so far this year in the SWS series. The early races were frenetic with many incidents. But hats off to the drivers for raising their game and putting on a good show, from the front-runners all the way through the field. It sets the stage for some interesting battles as the season progresses."

The next round of the SWS Sprint Challenge takes place at the Kartdrome on Friday, 14 March.

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