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Report: 2014 Kartdrome Ramadan Challenge Round 1
Posted by: newsla on Jul 01, 2014 - 06:51 AM
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Report: 2014 Kartdrome Ramadan Challenge Round 1
Rami Azzam won the opening round of the 2014 Dubai Kartdrome Ramadan Challenge with a well calculated drive, which saw him overcome a quality field of 45 top SWS drivers on a busy night of racing at the country’s most popular karting venue.


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The new format introduced for this edition of the series proved to have the right stuff as it gave all drivers an equal chance to qualify for the finals in the two heat points system that was introduced.

On track there was very little to separate the pace setters, with the top dozen competitors circulating within a quarter of second of one another.

There was also an impressive entry list with the likes of Team Abu Dhabi rally ace Mohamed Al Mutawaa and Dubai Falcon Porsche Cup star Saeed Al Mehairi donning on their helmets to take on the likes of SWS top guns Rami Azzam, Sam Zian, Atef Al Barwani, Hussain Umid Ali and Ali Al Mansoori, along with UAE Rotax Max karting aces Tom Bale, Ali Al Najjar and Anas Al Halabi.

After two heats for each driver and a Pre-Final, the Super-Final belonged to Azzam as he fended off a concerted challenge from Zian, Al Mutawaa and Carsten Winter throughout the 12 laps on a warm and balmy night in Dubai.

Azzam managed to edge into an early lead with a gap of about two seconds, but soon Zian and Al Mutawaa working in tandem reeled him in with Winter in their slipstream.

On the penultimate lap Zian made his move into Turn 2, and grabbed the lead, but it was a lap too early as at the exact same spot a lap later Azzam cheekily snatched the lead again where he stayed to take the chequered flag, with Al Mutawaa also managing to slip past Zian with the finish line in sight and take second place, with Zian third and Winter fourth.

Al Mehairi salvaged fifth ahead of Ali Al Mansoori who stormed through the field to take sixth, ahead of schoolboy Tom Bale, Al Barwani, Umi Ali and Ahmed Bin Desmal rounding out the top ten.

Winter’s fourth place overall was enough to give him top honours in the Master’s Class, ahead of second placed Karim Rizkallah and Andrew Fuller in third.

Reflecting on a night which saw the biggest ever field assembled for a Ramadan based kart race, Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch said, “The new format we introduced worked really well and opened up more slots on the grid for drivers. Racing was very close throughout the pack and was well received by drivers. We look forward to the next one.”

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