Full on with the Ferret
For those motorsport & petrolhead bods who have been out here for a while and remember ‘Full Throttle’ magazine which was circulating for 12 months, there was a regular column of inane drivel from yours truly, the ‘Northern Ferret’
The idea was a light hearted look at what was going on in and around the ‘petrolhead’ scene both at the circuits and away from them too.
Well, after some idle chit chat with a few people, it was decided that maybe it was time for the Northern Ferret to wake up from his hibernation and have a sniff around once again to see what he can dig up…There has been plenty going on since his last ‘Ferret Droppings’ so here we are with a fresh round up of gossip from those in the know and those who think they are in the know…Read on !
Last weekend saw the Dubai Autodrome hold round 8 of the DAMC championship, whilst the series is all but run for this season it still presented a few interesting stories that would be worth sharing.
Gritty Scot, Alan Boyter who is currently laying second in the 600cc Sportbike series recently found himself upside down in the desert after being thrown from his dirt bike. The luckless Scot managed to land on his collar bone breaking it into 7 bits…..Ouch! So, after hitting the operating table, the surgeons patched and screwed it back together with string, chewing gum & sticky backed plastic and sent him home to rest! It fell on deaf ears as he was back at the track stuffing himself (carefully) back into his leathers for the forthcoming days races…
His idea was to get out to complete the minimum required laps for both practise and qualifying. Having done this he pulled into the pit and calmly sat awaiting the races, all this just so he could drop the rounds and still mathematically have a pop at the title! Whilst he did this with his better half Jen’s blessing, he failed to tell him Mum who found this out and is now on her way out to Dubai on holiday and, I am assured, she will deal with him…Boyter, your days my friend are numbered!!!
Alans Vendetta Racing Team mate, Mahmoud Tannir was also in the limelight on the day, not for his two immaculate race wins but for his birthday. Ian Rodgers, all round nice guy, was on hand to make sure he, and no one else forgot this and consequently made sure by announcing it on the formation of the grid…Good lad Ian and Happy Birthday Moody!
Switching pits for a moment and popping into see the Moutrans who had called me earlier in the week to let me know they would be out in force this weekend….Yup, all three of the boys would be out in touring car class and each in a Renault Clio…with matching paintwork and race suits! I ask you….Well after a quick team shoot out in pit lane to capture this moment it was off for a very quick bite of lunch and out onto the track….For the Moutrans, Nabil, Ramzi & Sami, it would be a historic day, they actually managed to pull off a 1, 2, 3, on the day which was also a first for the Autodrome, having three brothers finish first, second & third, to make it even better, their dad was there to share not only their special moment, but to be up on the podium as they took their trophies….Awesome stuff boys and I’m sure it was a proud day for your pops too….
Another first this weekend was in the FG1000 Formula Gulf series where young upstart Natasha Seatter was determined to stamp her authority in the second race of the day for the open wheeled machines. In the first race, by her own admission, she made a few mistakes after hitting turn one in front of the chasing pack and was quickly passed by championship leader Joe Ghanem who took the win and Mohammed Al Mutawaa who crossed the line in second place. In the second, Natasha stalked Joe who led for a large part of the race and finally made her move with a few laps to go, would she be able to hold her cool and keep him at bay? Try as he may, Joe could not find a way back passed the young lady and she crossed the line taking a well deserved win. This was the first time a lady had won any national race at the track and, with her determination and new confidence level, I wouldn’t back against her taking another before the end of the season……
In what could be a swansong for the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 – series regular and all round Mr. Nice guy Rob Barff piloted this stunning GT3 machine to two more race wins….Rob will now be off to compete in Endurance races across the globe, good luck mate and hope to see you back for the Yas event later this month…
To finish for this week I would like to wish Abdulaziz Binladen who is currently contesting his BMW 1000RR in the litre Sportbike class in Dubai, the very best of luck as he is off to compete in what is one of the toughest competitions in the motorcycle calendar. He will ride alongside Dubai favourite Scott Smart in the Moto Rapido Ducati Team. Riding the all new Ducati 1199 Panigale, Binladen will compete in the British Superbike Series up against the best in the business. As a two time local Arab champion, I’m sure the experience is going to take him to another level but his commitment cannot be faulted as he strives to compete at this, the highest of levels….Good luck from us all at CPD