DAMC: A round up with the Ferret
So, what has been happening in recent weeks?
Well with the new race season now in full flight, the DAMC championships have already caused a few surprises and opened a few eyes. In the sportbikes class there can be few who would have bet against Abdul Aziz starting where he finished off last season. Having taken in a season in the UK to contest what is possibly the toughest race series around, the British Superbike Series (BSB) he has not only hit the ground running but now with added prowess. He is fitter and leaner than ever and very focused on the job in hand, now it is all about catch-up for the rest of the riders in the big class on board the 1000cc machines. Looking at the competition, I cannot see anyone who can raise their game to his new high standards. This is not to say his competition in the big class is poor, far from it but, the level he has been up against in the UK has meant that to qualify, he had to lift his game considerably, that he did and walked away with his head held high after the season closed.
Whilst we are talking about the big class, Vendetta Racings Alan Boyter has now made the jump from the 600 class and now is to be found on his new Kawasaki ZX10 machine. Resplendent in new team colours, his opening round brought him his first podiums of the season, not too shabby for the affable Scot who had a second and third place finish on the day. In the 600 class it was expected that reigning champ Mahmoud Tannir would be the man to beat whilst carrying the number 1 plate as a target for all others to attack. Well, the best laid plans went out of the window on race day with Tannir crashing out of race 1 which left Suraya Raja in full charge of the race and who went on the take the race win. Tannir would have a better second race after starting from the back of the grid and working his way up to second place. The gauntlet has firmly been thrown Tannir’s way by last season’s rookie cup champion, can he respond, time will tell. Once again there are a handful of rookie racers out there this season and based on the opening round, Dominik Vol Poelitz looks the man to beat taking two from two and a great start to his season.
The opening round of the UAETCC series was at Yas Marina Circuit as a shakedown event for the F1. With a decent grid size it was matter of letting the stunning Ferrari 458 Italia GT car take off and run it’s own race with Leon Price & Rob Barf testing the car and new parts in readiness for the 24hr race in the new year.
The real battles were behind with the Clio cup cars scrapping like bin cats over a chicken leg and the remaining groups battling it out for the podium places. On the day the there were double wins for Ramzi Moutran in the Duel Racing team Clio with current champion Alex Annivas looking for a better performance when they hit Dubai Autodrome for the next round. Class 1 on the day saw a double for Nabil Moutran in the Duel Racing Seat whilst class 2 saw Rupesh Channake taking a double on the day.
The second round of the series for both the UAETCC and sportbikes was held on home turf at the Dubai Autodrome. Unfortunately the weather was not the usual sunshine affair with the rain starting early on in the day. As the track progressively got worse due to the not stop deluge it was decided early on that the bikes would have to be cancelled due to the treacherous conditions and the non availability of wet weather tires. With only the Radical Winter cup series taking to the track during the morning as they did have the wet weather tires available, the weather changed and the track started to dry out.
It was decided that the UAETCC cars would be allowed to race, unfortunately there were only a handful of cars out but nevertheless there were a few good battles out there. On the day it was Costas Papantonis and the new ‘slimline’ version Alex Annivas in the Gulf Petrochem backed SEAT and Clio Cup cars respectively who took the class wins with Rupesh Channake taking the Lap57 Honda to class 2 victory….
So, with only two weeks until the next round there will be much garage work, tinkering and fettling in preparation for the next races. How will it all pan out? Will Alex Annivas have shed a few more KG’s and made his power to weight ratio even better? Will Spencer Vanderpal finally take to the track with his new ‘clockwork Orange’ and will the weather be a little bit more favorable?
Check in later and lets see…