Dubai: SWS Karting comes to a close for the summer as the heat and humidity soar for the final event
Atef Al Barwani, Alexandre Silanine and Hussein Umid Ali, who a week ago were contesting the SWS Grand Finals in Paris, were in fine form and no doubt inspired by their French adventure, hogged the top spots in both SWS Senior Sprint races at the Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night, while youngster Saif Al Naggar was unbeatable in both SWS Junior Sprint races on the day.
On a hot and humid Dubai evening, Al Barwani was on it from the moment he hit the track qualifying in pole position before powering to a relatively comfortable victory in Race 1 ahead of Umid Ali in second and Silanine third.
Behind them Ali Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Falasi fought it out to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Eduardo Creagh was sixth, Dario Rubio seventh and schoolgirl Abi Birch eighth.
In Race 2 it was Silanine who reversed the roles and drove to a comfortable victory, crossing the line with 2.7 seconds advantage over Umid Ali in second, who had race one winner Al Barwani, in third, glued to his bumper as the chequered flag waved to bring proceedings to an end.
Al Mansoori was again fourth, ahead of Rubio in fifth with sixth placed Birch in his slipstream as they crossed the finish line. Muhhamad Imran was seventh and Albudlla Al Ali rounding out the top eight. Rookie Carl Moret bagged the Senior Novice prize for his efforts in both races.
Earlier in the day Al Naggar delivered one of his best performances in the SWS Junior category. Despite starting from fifth on the grid, he powered to the front in Race 1 where he chased race leader Kamal Agha until the final lap, whereupon he made his move to snatch a well deserved victory .
After a stellar weekend at the SWS Junior Grand Findals in Paris, Alex Connor returned to finish third in the first race, ahead of Giacomo Caccia in fourth, Luis Velasco fifth and Alex Macmillan sixth.
Race 2 was a thriller with a quartet of drivers crossing the line within 0.7 of a second, after a race long duel which saw Al Naggar take victory and with it bag a rare double on the day.
In his slipstream were brothers Alex and Cameron Macmillian, second and third respectively, Leo Ardolino fourth ahead of Agha in fifth and Matthew Elliot sixth. UAE Micro Champion Harry Hannam impressed enough in his SWS debut to take home the Junior Novice prize.