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

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

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


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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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

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Those lean angles are sick 😮

Phil Goode

I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

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Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Tobias Maibom siehste es geht mehr als 45 Grad 👌🏻

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Classy and honest, as always. Well done to Rins. It was a smart move to let Marquez back in front after he'd let Rins pass. The Suzuki performed beautifully. And even though Rins had a couple of "moments", he had more grip than Marquez on the final corner. You have to feel for Dovi, who keeps getting taken out. A sad day for Rossi. I thought he had a chance but he was well off the pace.

Some of the fans on here are sick Don't get me wrong we were on vale screaming for Rins but only cos you need a bit of competition . Love him or not you can't knock his talent

He is such a Noob🤣🤣🤣

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

Great to see him challenged. He's an amazing talent but even the greatest talent on the grid with no opponents means a boring race.

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

20pt is better than nothing mm93! Congrats..👍💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼..!!!

MM i Love you 💙

Love you #MM93💗

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

Say what you like about this guy, but he is a true professional with a passion for winning.

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Strong opponents make for a strong champion. Marquez has the strongest opponents since I'm watching Motogp. I saw Doohan competing against one, maybe two strong opponents. Rossi had quite the same, winning one or two championships with virtualy no strong opponents. Marc has world champions and some that are way stroger: Rossi, Lorenzo, Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Crutchlow. Lots of drivers can win races!

Hahahaha look at his face

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

He got schooled 😂😂

One of the best race ever

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........


Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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