Dubai: Ramadan Karting Challenge sees Atef Al Barwani crowned champion

Dubai: Ramadan Karting Challenge sees Atef Al Barwani crowned champion
Ramadan Challenge drivers at the end of a hot Dubai nights racing

Ramadan Challenge drivers at the end of a hot Dubai nights racing

Atef Al Barwani was crowned 2015 SWS Ramadan Challenge Champion after a hot night of racing at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday (13 July 2015), where he had to graft hard to clinch the coveted title from F3 Racing teammate Ali Al Mansoori.

Although four drivers arrived at the finale of the four race series capable of winning the title, it was really all about Al Barwani and Al Mansoori, as a mere three points separated the pair ahead of the final evening of action.

After four heats with 44 drivers battling it out for 24 places in the Super Final, on the short and fast Speedway Circuit configuration, both title protagonists made it through, as the final race of the series featured the cream of SWS kart drivers and by no means were the title chasing pair going to have it all their own way.

In the final, and also at the sharp end of proceedings throughout the night, were Rami Azzam, Piers Pakenham-Walsh, Alexandre Silanine and Hussein Umid Ali.

From the start the above-mentioned quartet set the pace, with Al Barwani and Al Mansoori also in the mix. Early on there was little to separate the leaders, with the lead changing regularly. But around the half-way mark it was Azzam who started to edge away from the pack and stayed in front to take victory by almost four seconds.

Silanine was runner-up by quarter of a second from Pakenham-Walsh, but all eyes were on the title battle as Al Mansoori crossed the line in fourth, Umid Ali fifth and Al Barwani sixth.

Thus on the night Al Barwani bagged 39 points, three less than Al Mansoori which tied the pair on 169 points, but Al Barwani won the tie-breaker by virtue of higher finishes in previous rounds which was just enough to earn him the title after the four rounds – which is as close as it gets!

Arnaud Bouf arrived at the final with an 11 points lead over his closest rival in the SWS Masters Class, and finished eighth overall on the night, top scoring in the Masters Class to seal the title ahead of second placed Carsten Winter and Adrian Jones in third.

Al Barwani, the 2015 SWS Ramadan Challenge Champion said afterwards: “Finally its here after four years of waiting. This title has eluded me and it is one I have always wanted to win as it is a special time of the year for me. I dedicate the title to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai who has made F3 Racing possible. I hope it’s the first of many for my team and I.”

Kartdrome’s David Bright commented: “Once again the SWS drivers have raised the bar and delivered one of the toughest and hardest fought championships we have had here at the Kartdrome. We are proud to have hosted such talented and committed sponsors and drivers who have made our SWS racing series such a success.”

“To Atef Al Barwani a big congratulations on becoming champion, he is a great role model and popular with all his on track rivals. A big thank you to our prize sponsors Energy Kart Dubai and TonyKart UAE who have shown their commitment to UAE karting,” concluded Bright.

For their efforts in the 2015 SWS Ramadan Challenge, Al Barwani walked away with a fully funded UAE Rotax Max race meeting with Energy Kart Dubai for winning the title and Al Mansoori earned a fully funded UAE Rotax Max race meeting with TonyKart UAE.

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9 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

Awesome pictures!

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!


however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Very nice

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Redding never got the ride he deserved.

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Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

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12 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

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Good Day all.

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Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

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I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

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“As you can see, I’m a bit high mileage” - 😂 - Bob’s funny! What a lucky guy - I’d give my right arm to work for F1❗️

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