Dubai: Action packed motorsport action in opening weekend at Dubai Autodrome

Dubai: Action packed motorsport action in opening weekend at Dubai Autodrome
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A highly competitive front row of GT3 machines stole the show in the UAE touring cars grid, joining in preparation for the upcoming Gulf 12hrs in a weeks time.

DUBAI, 5 DECEMBER 2014: On Friday Dubai Autodrome hosted the first two days of UAE national championship race weekend featuring NGK Racing Series and UAE Sportbikes races, along with Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and the opening round of the Radical Middle East Cup.

Emirati driver Saeed Al Mehairi, a graduate of Dubai Autodrome’s racing academy, scored a famous home win in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, driving the Sky Dive Dubai backed Porsche after fending off reigning champion Zaid Ashkanani who finished second. He was followed across the finish line by, another local hero and Autodrome academy graduate, Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – making it two Sky Dive Dubai drivers on the podium and with it claiming the team prize for the day.

SkyDive Dubai's duo of Shk Hasher Al Maktoum congratulating Saeed Al Muhairi after his race 1 win

SkyDive Dubai’s duo of Shk Hasher Al Maktoum congratulating Saeed Al Mehairi after his race 1 win

Delighted and emotional, Al Mehairi said: “To win this race on my home track, in my home city Dubai is amazing feeling. I am really happy and thank my team Sky Dive Dubai for their efforts, because this was a team effort. Last year I said I wanted to win this race in my home town, so this is a dream come true.”

In the Radical Middle East Cup Tony Wells took top honours with a solo effort in the 45 minutes race, followed by the pairing of Ollie Smith and Amro Al Hamad in second and third placed duo Sameh Al Qubaisi and Tarek Elgammal. Rafael Unzurrunzaga took top spot in the Clubmans Class.

The NGK Racing Series was a battle of the legendary marques with Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes and Bentley slugging it out for the top step of the podium. In the end Bentley driver Michael Ammermueller took a comfortable victory in the Lechner Racing run Bentley, ahead of second placed Lim Keong Liam in a Mercedes and Wolfgang Triller in a Porsche crossing the finish line third.

Costas Papantonis won Class 1 in the Gulf Petrochem SEAT Super Copa, with teammate Alex Annivas winning Class 2 in his Renault and with it maximum points in Clio Cup race within a race.

Kawasaki rider Abdulaziz Binladen won the UAE Sportbikes race, ahead of Honda mounted pair of Gernot Dobida and Mahmoud Tannir in third, Dobida on the bigger 1000ccc machine.

In the Formula Gulf 1000 race, the region’s young guns battled it out with Tejas Hirani emerging the winner in a closely contested race, winning by the narrowest of margins, ahead of Edi Haxhiu in second and Ahmed Al Ghanim third – a mere second separating the top three.

Racing continues on day two (Saturday, 6 December) at the Autodrome, with qualifying in the morning, followed by five races for the five different series’ on the day. The first race for UAE Sportbikes is scheduled to start at 13:30 pm and final race of the day, for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, set to be flagged off at 16:20 pm.

Entry is free for all with access to the main grandstand, the Bowl viewing area and the paddock.

Day 1 Friday 5th – Top three overall results:

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East (Full Results PDF)

1. Saeed Al Mehairi – Sky Dive Dubai Falcon Porsche
2. Zaid Ashkananai – Buzaid Bucharlie Porsche
3. Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – Sky Dive Dubai Falcon Porsche

NGK Racing Series (Full Results PDF)

1. Michael Ammermueller – Bentley Continental GT3
2. Lim Keong Liam – Mercedes SLS AMG
3. Wolfgang Triller Porsche 991 Cup

UAE Sportbike Championship (Full Results PDF)

1. Abdulaziz Binladen – Kawasaki ZX6R
2. Gernot Dobida – Honda Fireblade
3. Mahmoud Tannir – Honda CBR600RR

Radical Middle East Cup (Full Results PDF)

1. Tony Wells – Nielsen Racing Radical SR3 RS
2. Ollie Smith/ Amro Al Hamad – Alpha Shell Qatar Racing Radical SR3 RS
3. Sameh Al Qubaisi/ Tarek Elgammal – Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing Radical SR3 RS

Formula Gulf 1000 (Full Results PDF)

1. Tejas Hirani
2. Edi Haxhiu
3. Ahmed Al Ghanim

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DUBAI, 6 DECEMBER 2014: Clemens Schmid made up for the disappointment of a first corner incident in Race 1, 24 hours earlier, to bag the winner’s trophy in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East on Saturday at Dubai Autodrome, the second and final day of the UAE national race weekend at the venue.
Schmid made a good start from second on the grid, taking an early lead from reigning champion Zaid Ashkanani who started from pole position, but was slow off the line. Thereafter the pair spent the entire race nose to tail, with Ashkanani stalking Schmid all the way to the chequered flag, waiting for a mistake or slight opportunity that never came.
It was a faultless display by Schmid and his third victory in four races so far this season, while Ashkanani will go home with two second place trophies for his efforts at the Autodrome over the two days..
Local hero Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum finished third after starting fifth on the grid in the Sky Dive Dubai Falcons car. He managed to break from the pack early on and chased the top two all the way to the flag. He goes home with two third place trophies for his weekend’s graft.
Teammate Saeed Al Mehairi was fifth, after winning a day earlier on his home track, and making it a strong weekend for the Dubai based outfit. Splitting the Sky Dive duo was Charlie Frijns in fourth.
Bentley driver Michael Ammermueller leadsin NGK race 2

Bentley driver Michael Ammermueller leadsin NGK race 2

After dominating the NGK Racing Series Race 1 on Friday, Bentley driver Michael Ammermueller looked set to do a repeat performance in Race 2. He qualified in pole position and took an early lead, but a start infringement earned him a drive through penalty which gave Mercedes driver Lim Keong Lam the break he needed to take victory. Ammermuller was second but nevertheless won Class 6, with Wolfgang Triller third in a Porsche.
Frederic Fatien finished fourth overall, claiming Class 4 honours in the Dragon Racing Ferrari. Gulf Petrochem SEAT driver Costas Papantonis made it two from two during the course of the weekend, with victory in Class 1, as did teammate Alexandros Annivas, in his Renault clio, winning Class 2 and with it the bagging maximum Clio Cup points.
Romain Lutter and Ludo Loffreda powered to victory in the Radical Middle East Cup 45 minutes enduro race under the Lucco Racing banner, finishing ahead Amro Al Hammad and Ollie Smith in the Alpha Shell Qatar Racing entry in second place, with third going to the Abu Dhabi Racing pair of Sameh Al Qubaisi and Tarek Elgammal.

Ahmad Al Hammadi and Graeme Hannah shared the Global Aluminium backed car to claim top spot in the Clubmans category.

Gernot Dobida won the UAE Sportbikes Championship race on his Honda, ahead of Kawasaki mounted reigning UAE champion Abdulaziz Binladen in second which was enough to scoop maximum points in the 600 Class ahead of Mahmoud Tannir on his Honda.

Tejas Hirani won the Formula Gulf 1000 race, by over five seconds from Edi Haxhiu and Mashur Bal Hejaila in second and third respectively. Hirani also posted the fastest lap of the race on his way to victory.

Day 2 Sat 6th – Top three overall results:

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East (Results PDF)

1. Clemens Schmid – Al Nabooda Racing Porsche
2. Zaid Ashkananai – Buzaid Bucharlie Porsche
3. Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – Sky Dive Dubai Falcon Porsche

NGK Racing Series (Results PDF)

1. Lim Keong Liam – Mercedes SLS AMG
2. Michael Ammermueller – Bentley Continental GT3
3. Wolfgang Triller Porsche 991 Cup

UAE Sportbike Championship (Results PDF)

1. Gernot Dobida – Honda Fireblade
2. Abdulaziz Binladen – Kawasaki ZX6R
3. Mahmoud Tannir – Honda CBR600RR

Radical Middle East Cup (Results PDF)

1. Romain Lutter/ Ludo Loffreda – Lucco Racing
2. Amro Al Hammad/ Ollie Smith – Alpha Shell Qatar Racing
3. Sameh Al Qubaisi/ Tarek Elgammal – Abu Dhabi Racing

Formula Gulf 1000 (Results PDF)

1. Tejas Hirani
2. Edi Haxhiu
3. Mashur Bal Hejaila

 

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