Karting: Rotax MAX Challenge at Al Ain Raceway crowns new UAE Champions
Al Ain, Apr 11th 2011 – The last round of the 2010/2011 Rotax MAX Challenge held at Al Ain Raceway on Saturday provided a lot of drama, new winners and new Champions.
Mohammed Al Dhaheri made it 2-in-row with another crushing win that saw him retain his Championship crown. Asked after the race about his feelings on winning a second consecutive title he said “I could not believe it when I crossed the line. I had some fierce competition this season and at no point did I get complacent, it is a fantastic day for me to win the title at my home track Al Ain Raceway”.
Sheikh Khalid Al Nahyan suffered a gear select final which sadly put paid to his championship chances. Patrick Jarjour was classified second overall in the series after a strong third place finish in the final race. Ali Al Darmaki took second in the final race to consolidate 5th in the Championship ahead of Hussein Umid Ali and Ashraf Raza, the latter was plagued by mechanical misfortune.
The Junior MAX class was wound up in true underdog style, that saw a new race winner and a new Champion; Abdulla Al Rawahi. Nikita Miliakov – still in his debut year – claimed his first ever race win ahead of the two Championship protagonists Piers Pakenham-Walsh and Al Rawahi. Pakenham-Walsh would finish second in the race and second in the standings with his rival Al Rawahi cementing his title with a third place finish. Ameer Hassan and Patrick Hannah raced hard and long, and Hassan would score enough points to take third in the Championship.
The Senior MAX class Champion for the second year in succession was Maurits Knopjes. After a trouble free year however, his luck finally ran out as he was forced to retire from the Final race with a mechanical issue. He had however done enough to claim the title. Sanad Al Rawahi was to take victory on the day and that ensured the runner-up spot in the title race. Third in he series went to Hussein Umid Ali, his year long consistency proving vital.
In the MAX Masters class – the most well-attended class – it was Arnoud Bouf whose continuing run of form gave him a crushing race win hand in hand with his second Championship victory in a row. Luc Bauwmans’ third place in class was enough to lift him above Andrew Fuller and finish in the Runner-Up position. Fuller had an unfortunate race weekend, and after being victim of a collision was forced to retire, but nevertheless take third in the series.
REport supplied by Al Ain Raceway