Karting: Sheikh Khalid takes series lead and Edward Jones sets a new lap record in Al Ain
Al Ain, Jan 7th 2011: Round 5 of the AARKC saw some of the best and closely fought racing all season. Most notably was Shiekh Khalid Al Nahyan’s crushing win in the DD2 class. Both he and reigning Champion Mohammed Al Dhaheri raced each other extremely hard, with the lead changing several times up to 2/3 race distance.
Al Nahyan lined himself up for a slipstream into the final complex but misjudged the braking zone and both he and Al Dhaheri slithered off the road. This dropped them to 3rd and 4th but both fought back immediately. Sadly, for the second race in succession Al Dhaheri suffered a mechanical failure, and was forced into retirement with a faulty gearbox. This allowed Al Nahyan to regain the lead from Ashraf Raza and power onto victory. Consequently Al Nahyan now leads the Championship by a slender 11 points as we move to the halfway point of the campaign in 2 weeks time.
The Senior MAX class saw another whirlwind performance from Edward Jones who converted his pole position into another maximum points score. Behind him, the battle for second place between Maurits Knopjes and Sanad Al Rawahi – who had fought from the back of the grid – kept the officials busy as they raced bumper to bumper to the finish. Edward Jones set a new lap record on his way to victory posting a best of 54.88 seconds. Arnoud Bouf was a deserving winner in the MAX Masters class, finishing fourth overall.
By far the closest race overall of the day was the Junior MAX class, with just 1.6 seconds covering all 5 drivers. Patrick Hannah managed to just hold off the advances of Championship leader Abdullah Al Rawahi and the on-form Piers Pakenham-Walsh. Ameer Hassan and Nikita Miliakov – fourth and fifth respectively – were equally competitive.
The rental class was once again full of action as Hussein Umid Ali stole the show with a trouble free drive to glory, whilst his nearest rivals – Atef Al Barwani and Paul Healy – held each other up. Alexandre Silanine who is currently third in the table set a new record, 1:09.26.
In the Cadet class, Tom Bale once again dominated and scored maximum points, but all attention was on the second and third place drivers, Alain Bauwmans and Pasqual Pook who crossed the line at the same time, 0.000 seconds resulting in a dead heat!