Bahrain: Speed Weekend at BIC ends on a high
Bahrain Dec 3rd: Bahrain International Circuit, ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’, staged a thrilling closing day to Speed Weekend Bahrain Friday, with five of the region’s best drivers claiming victories across four different racing series.
Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa highlighted the day’s performances with a spectacular double victory in the Bahrain International Circuit 2000cc Challenge.
Faisal Raffii and Raed Raffii then each claimed a win in the WGA Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship, which is Speed Weekend’s headlining event.
All three drivers are from Bahrain, but a pair of Saudi Arabia’s best also put on a show.
Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal and Saed Al Muri both stepped onto the top of the podium in their respective series, with Prince Abdulaziz winning race two in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and Al Muri taking race two in the Middle East Radical Masters.
RAFFII COUSINS CLAIM A WIN APIECE IN WGA CHEVROLET SUPERCARS
Cousins Faisal Raffii and Raed Raffii each claimed a win yesterday in the season-opening round of the WGA Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship.
Faisal of Alba Racing Team won the first race after starting from pole in 25mins 38.954secs, 4.028secs ahead of Raed, driving for Batelco Racing Team, who began the race beside him on the front row.
Faisal’s Alba teammate Mustafa Al Khan was in third place 7.352secs behind, completing the SC09 class top three.
Bahraini teenager Ezra Idafar won the SC06 class in 26mins 27.036secs.
In race two, Raed and Lap 57 Team driver Mohammed Al Owais from the UAE squeezed past pole-sitter Faisal at the start, and then cruised to the end of the 20-lap event.
Raed won in 25mins 40.474secs, with Al Owais the runner-up 9.475secs behind. Australian Tarek Elgammal, also of Lap 57, completed the SC09 podium 20.731secs from the winner.
Ezra was once again the winner of the SC06 category in 26mins 19.816secs.
PRINCE ABDULAZIZ OF SAUDI ARABIA CLAIMS PORSCHE GT3 CUP GLORY
Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia showed why he is the reigning champion of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East by taking the race two victory on Friday.
After Bahraini Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa won the first race on Thursday, Prince Abdulaziz stepped it up a notch and grabbed the checkered flag after 20 hotly contested laps in 22mins 41.822secs.
Prince Abdulaziz narrowly won over Khaled Al Qubaisi of the UAE who was 0.671secs back. Saudi teenager Fahad Algosaibi was third, 1.910secs from first place.
Shaikh Salman narrowly missed the podium in fourth place.
SHAIKH HAMAD WINS BOTH RACES IN BIC 2000CC CHALLENGE
After winning pole position with a dominant performance in qualifying where he set a best lap of 1min 19.535secs, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was in unbeatable form in both races of the Bahrain International Circuit 2000cc Challenge.
Shaikh Hamad, driving a Honda Civic, masterfully claimed the win in the 15-lap first race in 20mins 21.959secs, 19.688secs ahead of Tim Birkin in a Honda Integra. They were the top finishers in Class ‘A’.
Raed Himmo in a Honda CRX took the third podium step. He was the race’s top finisher of Class ‘B’.
In race two, Shaikh Hamad was flying from the start, winning in 20mins 23.146secs and with a 23.611secs gap ahead of Birkin.
Rashid Al Jowder, in a Honda Civic, was third this time. He finished 26.695secs behind Shaikh Hamad, while taking first place in Class ‘B’.
AL MURI WINS RADICALS RACE TWO
Saed Al Muri claimed the victory in race two of the Saudi Arabia-based Middle East Radical Masters championship. Al Muri completed the race, held over 18 laps, in 20mins 03.782secs.
Finishing 5.171secs behind was Prince Saud bin Turki. Both competitors were driving in the SR8 class.
Bandar Alireza came third with a 10.429secs gap from first place.
The first Radical Masters race held on Thursday was also won by Al Muri. The result was confirmed Friday after a lengthy investigation to an incident that had resulted in a protest by one of the competing drivers.
Stewards later decided to reject the protest, and the results stood with Al Muri taking the win in 20mins 03.119secs.
Prince Saud was second 2.799secs behind, with Alireza third 29.883secs back.
LARGE CROWDS ENJOY FRIDAY’S EVENTS
Large crowds flocked to Bahrain International Circuit on Friday and enjoyed all the racing action as well as joyous atmosphere in the public area next to the paddock, where there was a wide array of activities for the whole family.
Game stalls, carnival rides, food stations and live music were only a few of the things on hand to entertain the crowd made up of race fans and families who were savoring the mood to start the weekend.