UAE National Racing: Dubai Motorsports Festival day one at Dubai Autodrome
4 November 2010 – Race Day 1: MotorCity Dubai Motorsport Festival at Dubai Autodrome
Total UAE Touring Cars: Big day for Emirates Racing Team
The opening day of the two day MotorCity Dubai Motorsport Festival at Dubai Autodrome will go down as a big occasion for the Emirates Racing Team (ERT) who were victorious in all three classes within the Total UAE Touring Car Championship race on Friday.
Mohammed Al Owais in the team’s SEAT took top honours in Class 1, with Aslam Moola in the ERT Honda taking top spot in Class 2 and team principal Khalid Bin Hadher driving the ERT Renault Clio doing the business in the Clio Cup ‘race within a race’ on the day.
Al Owais, who was denied victory in round two earlier this month, said after his win, “It was really good to get this one under the belt. We have been strong since the first day but have had some problems. Now we can start to build and mount a good challenge for the championship. I am very proud of my team and what we achieved today.”
Class 2 was, as always, a tough battle with early drama when top runner Rupesh Channake spun out in his Lap57 Honda after a couple of hundred metres on the straight in the run down to turn one. The race was red flagged and restarted, but Channake was out.
From the restart, Moola managed to get a good getaway and despite a midrace mishap, he bounced back to take class honours. The South African explained, “While I was leading, I went wide and onto the rumble strips in Turn 12 and the car cut out. I lost a couple of positions but managed to recover.”
Happiest man on the day, sporting the widest grin, was Bin Hadher who apart from winning the Clio Cup class, also enjoyed the fact that three of the Emirates Racing Team drivers claimed the top step of the podium in each of the three classes.
The ERT boss and driver Bin Hadher said, “I am very happy and proud of our guys. Our drivers did a great job, but also the crew and mechanics put in a big effort to help us with this achievement. This is hopefully just the beginning, as we aim to win many times between now and the end of the season.”
The second Total UAE Touring Car race of the Dubai Motorsport Festival weekend takes place on Saturday (5 November).
Motorcity UAE Sportbikes: Tannir triumphs and pays tribute to Simoncelli
Mahmoud Tannir was in scintillating form in the Motorcity UAE Sportbikes Championship race, on the opening day of the Dubai Motorsport Festival, powering to a dominant win in the 600 Class – his third of the season so far – and promptly dedicating the win to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli who died in an accident during the Malaysian GP two weeks ago.
Tannir, who rides a Triumph Daytona, said, “My bike was going well and I felt strong throughout practice. Today it came together and I dedicate this win to Marco [Simoncelli] all of us in the motorcycle community felt pain with his tragic accident. The least I can do is to pay a small tribute to a fantastic rider whom I greatly admired.”
Tannir won the 600 Class by 13 seconds from his Vendetta Racing team mate Alan Boyter who finished second, ahead of a tight battle for third between Joe Oxley (Kawasaki) and Steve Blackney (Honda) – the pair crossing the finish line nose to tail.
In the 1000 Class it was a two way battle between Gernot Dobida (Honda) and Nasser Al Shaiba (BMW), which was won by Dobida. Al Shaiba crashed out when he slipped off challenging for the lead in Turn 1, he was not injured in the incident.
Chris Morley (Kawasaki) continued his impressive run in the Rookie Cup, taking his fifth win out of five this season. He was followed over the line by Surya Raja (Yamaha) and Ian Wilcox (Honda) – second and third respectively in the novice class.
NGK UAE GT Qualifying: Price and Barff take pole position for Ferrari
Leon Price and Rob Barff will start from pole position for Saturday’s NGK UAE GT Championship race after Barff scorched around the Dubai Autodrome, international circuit configuration, in 1 minute38.055 seconds.
He was chased hard by Fabien Giroix in the Gulf Racing Lamborghini who was second fastest albeit 2.231 seconds down on the pace setters.
Fastest of a big contingent of Porsches was Ahmad Harthy and James Sutton in the Porsche Cup GT3 who will start third, and was half a second up on the Porsche shared by Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal and Damien Faulkner.
Saturday will see the running of the second round of the 2011/2012 NGK UAE GT Championship race, which is run to a mini enduro format with compulsory pit stops and optional driver changes during the one hour race.
The Dubai Motorsport festival continues on Saturday (5 November) at Dubai Autodrome with aother race each for Total UAE Touring cars, NGK UAE GT and Motorcity UAE Sportbikes.
Also on the bill are races for the UAE Radical Cup, Formula Gulf 1000 and the Porsche Cup GT3 Challenge ME. Entry is free with access to the paddock and grandstand, including a host of off-track entertainment on hand for race fans.
There is a top notch menu in store for racing fans who will have unprecedented access to drivers, riders, teams and their machines during the course of the weekend. Beyond the race track, there will be nonstop entertainment for the whole family, with food and beverage zones in the paddock and free entry to all during the course of both days.
Action starts on Friday with qualifying set for the morning and racing in the afternoon, while Saturday will feature a full day of racing.
Dubai Motorsport Festival Schedule
Saturday, 5 November 2011
08:30 – 09:00 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge ME Practice
09:15 Race 05 Radical Cup Race 1 45min
10:10 – 10:25 NGK UAE GT Championship Warm Up 15min
10:40 Race 06 Formula Gulf 1000 Race 2 10 Laps
11:10 – 11:20 MotorCity UAE Sportbikes Warm Up 10min
11:30 – 12:00 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge ME Qualifying
13:00 Race 07 MotorCity UAE Sportbikes Race 2 10 Laps
13:35 Race 08 NGK UAE GT Championship Race 60min
14:50 Race 09 TOTAL UAE Touring Cars Race 2 10 Laps
15:25 Race 10 Radical Cup Race 2 45min
16:25 Race 11 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge ME Race 2 14 Laps