Karting: Al Dhaheri back in driving set in Rotax Max Championship
Al Ain, UAE, Mar 4th – Al Ain Raceway hosted the 9th round of the UAE RMC on Friday, with a collective total of 40 drivers across 5 fields. In the DD2 Class, Mohammed Al Dhaheri was able to score his first win of 2011 with a crushing performance that put him back on top of the Championship table. His closest rival in the standings, Sheikh Khalid Al Nahyan was unable to take part. Ashraf Raza fought hard with Patrick Jarjour to claim a well deserved 2nd place, leaving Jarjour to take the final place on the podium. Al Dhaheri’s victory has put him 58 points ahead with 3 rounds to go.
The Senior Max and Max Masters class – the biggest field of the day – saw another lights-to-flag victory for Maurits Knopjes. The Oman Karting Teams Sanad Al Rawahi pushed Knopjes all the way to the line but just quite couldn’t match his pace. Nikolaus Dedic and Andrew Fuller provided one of the most entertaining battles of the day, as for the first half of the final Fuller had to vigorously defend from the hard charging Dedic. Dedic would cross the line 4th overall and 3rd in class, with Fuller 5th overall and 2nd in class. Arnoud Bouf drove a solitary race to third overall and take victory for the Masters.
In the Junior Max class, Abdullah Al Rawahi got one over title rival Piers Pakenham-Walsh. The latter was most unfortunate to go off at the first corner, but charged hard through the field to take 5th. Pakenham-Walsh’s incident meant that Al Rawahi has extended his slim lead in the title race. Cyrus Engineer and Patrick Hannah put on a superb show for the crowds with their clean cut duel for second. Hannah defended second up until the penultimate corner of the final lap when Engineer used the slipstream to squeeze by. Ameer Hassan took 4th place and Nikita Miliakov crossed the line 6th.
In the Cadet class, Tom Bale had his work cut out as Pasqual Pook was enjoying a good form day. The two youngsters raced nose to tail race long but it was Tom that would take the win by a slim margin. Taymour Kermanshachi continued his rise in form by taking 3rd place.
Report by Marty Fullard / Pics by Wlfred Maglalang