Dubai: Champions crowned in season finale at Dubai Autodrome

Dubai: Champions crowned in season finale at Dubai Autodrome

Dubai, UAE, 30 March 2018:  Championship trophies were given out in four different race series at the season finale at Dubai Autodrome on Friday (30 March), headlined by the NGK Racing Series.

NGK Racing Series

The fastest car on the grid was the Dragon Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Leon Price and Rob Barff.  The duo wrapped up a pair of carefree wins to seal the day, but the 2017-2018 Class Three championship belonged to fellow Dragon Racing driver Jim Geddie.

The Dragon Racing car Porsche GT4 Clubsport, driven by Paul Sebright and Saeed Al Mehairi topped Class Four in both races but it was another Dragon Racing pilot, Tanni Hanna, who claimed the season title.

Costas Papantonis and Alexandros Annivas of Gulf Petrochem Mouhrista Racing finished second-place in both races with a Seat Leon Super Copa and the Greek duo took home Class One championship trophies.

Class Two winners Jonathan Mullan and Umair Khan. Photo: Darren Rycroft

Jonathan Mullan and Umair Khan of ZRT Motorsport claimed a pair of Class Two victories in a Honda Integra and sealed the season title.  Within Class Two, the Renault Clio Cup was another feisty affair, with Peter England taking the first class win and Colin Boyle nabbing the second.  The results were favourable for Boyle but not enough to catch Willie Morrison in the championship and Morrison was crowned the Clio Cup champion for the season.

UAE Sportbike Championship

Fahad Al Gharbally of MSK Racing took the challenge to 600cc championship leader Mahmoud Tannir early on, but at the end of the day Tannir successfully defended his title.

Kuwaiti rider Al Gharbally topped the qualifying session on his MV Augusta F3 with best lap time of 1:06.601, edging out Tannir’s Honda CBR600RR by a mere 0.128 seconds.

Another championship belt for Mahmoud Tannir. Photo: Darren Rycroft

The Lebanese rider saved his best effort for the races.   Mahmoud Tannir went two-for-two on the day and secured another 600cc title.  Another Honda rider, Brendan Zaaiman, took second-place on both races.

South African rider Lara Pepler struggled on the day, finishing in fourth each race, but she still walked away happy having done enough to secure the 600cc Rookie Cup for the season.

Formula Gulf Academy

Kane Shepherd of Thailand was perfect on the day, racking up a Motorsport hattrick with top marks in qualifying, two race wins and the championship crown.

Shepherd jumped right out the gates in qualifying with a best lap time of 1:21.900, almost a full second faster than his nearest competitor, Nabil Hussain.

Perfect finish for Kane Shepherd. Photo: Darren Rycroft

Then Shepherd made it look easy, coasting to victory by 6.311 seconds over Gulhuseyn Abdullayev in Race One and 12.466 seconds ahead of Hussain in Race Two.

Kane Shepherd wrapped up the season on 230 points to take the title and a scholarship prize worth $20,000.  Filip Kamiiarz claimed second-place with 138 points and Talal Beshara secured third-place on 109 points.

Radical Middle East Cup

The established order got a shakeup on the weekend with Ian Roberts of GulfSport Racing seizing a narrow victory in Race One and Mikhail Stepanov of B-Tuning taking Race Two.

Radicals on the roll. Photo: Darren Rycroft

Dream Racing’s Mark Stoleson and Tarek Elgammel topped the second qualifying session to start well but two racing DNF’s in a row took them out of contention for the day.

Championship leader Jani Hjerppe and his Dream Racing teammate Seppo Mantyla also did well early on as frontrunners in the first qualifying session, but then struggled in the next two races.  The Finns only managed fifth place in Race One and then improved to second-place in Race Two.

Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Darren Rycroft & Connor Rycroft

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1 hr ago

MotoGP

What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

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Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

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Gutted for my dovi04. Bad luck for you. Speedy recovery . Hate to see riders go down like that! Glad both are ok. 👍

I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Hope Dovi is ok and back racing real soon

Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

Such a bad luck for Dovi 🤷🏻‍♂️

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

Motogp actually got a mention on BBC!

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Both walking away? Dovi was on the brancard and in the hospital.

Arrêtez vos titres racoleurs... Y a rien de dramatique... L'accident de Marco Simoncelli ...ça c'est dramatique ,pas 2 mecs qui se pèlent et qui se relèvent tant bien que mal, c'est chiant c'est douloureux c'est désolant pour leur championnat mais pas dramatique...

Fabio was unlucky. not his fault anyway. Rins had a moment of sliding and Fabio have to react and ended up this way. Hope Dovi is okay.

Any update on his condition?

Rins had a moment of sliding..Fabio goes hard on the brake to avoid Rins and cause him to slide and crashed. Dovi just had nowhere to avoid that. Was unlucky.

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2 hrs ago

MotoGP

"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Here his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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Good to see marquez not on the top step this time. Congratulations Rins! Shame for Dovi.

A fantastic demonstration of race craft by Rins. A brilliant race. Congratulations.

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

Great rider coming up 👌

Well done mate a great ride.

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

Congratulations

Congrats Alex!!

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

#MAESTRO 🔥👌❤ WELL DONE RINS

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.

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Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

Love this guy so honest not like MM93

Goodjob cowboy

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

Please tell him Marquez is still not a legend yet.

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

What an honest guy. It must feel great to defeat two of the greatest legends the MotoGP has to offer

Masa I follow markes td,I rasa motor dia tak la laju mane pun..sebab lepas potong rossi terus I cucuk angin motor dia..hahaha

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14 hrs ago

F1

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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...

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.

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

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

My pick is Red Bull and Honda. They were a distant third, and they showed that careful hard work done with purpose makes progress. They’re certainly not outspending Ferrari, but managed to leapfrog them with smarter and more effective development

Red Bull. They were in solid 3rd place in Australia till Austria. Completely missed the mark with the new front wings but completely turned it around. And of course Honda. Every "expert" on here "knew" better than Red Bull, and here they are, all stuck with feet in their mouths.

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19 hrs ago

F1

The crash 💥 The surprise 😱 The battle ⚔️

Spa treated us to a scintillating race last season ⚡️
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I can't wait for next weekend. Spa always produces some awesome action

That Vettel move was such a good sign and made so much hope for the title in 2018, but then horror began and continued until today 😞 I hope that Vettel will win at least one of the next two races, maybe the last chances this year

The circuit spa is amazing..

I was there with my son. Last year

Leclerc was lucky with the halo there. Things could have ended very badly.. Also, the 4 car moment at the end of the first sector was amazing👌

Counting the days and hours for the arrival of the weekend. It is impressive, the spectacles provided in this SPA GP!

I remember this race.The best thing was Ocon almost overtook Vettal overtaking Hamilton. Ocon has to sit in the Mercedes at some point in the future.

What a race! Hoping for the same again next week 👍

Was that the very last time Vettel won a race? Wow an entire year has gone by.

Going to be interesting this year, couple nice long almost straights that Ferrari can hopefully lay down the power, those midrange corners that Red Bull look so comfortable going through at high speed, than the tighter sections that Mercedes just seems to find seconds on other cars, needless to say either Ferrari or Red Bull let the Mercedes go and that’s race over, but Charles or Max get in front of Lewis it’s going to be a great race

I have a feeling that the Ferraris will do it again. We will not hear the name verstappen so much this weekend.

Lets see next week if merc and redbull will match the straigth line speed of ferrari. Cant wait the qualifying and race on sunday.

Was a good race, hoping this yr will be just as good

I wanna know what LeClerc's thoughts process was as a McLaren flies over the top of him 😂

Clamoroso come Charlie Whiting aspettò che Vettel superasse Hamilton per dare il via alla Safety Car

Beyoncé would be proud of the Halo!

So the halo works。。👍🏼👍🏼

People cry about the halo but Charles had luck to have it.

What an overtake from Ferrari that was ...I missed the 2018's Ferrari ....not this SP90

This Race showed why the Halo Makes completly sense. Leclercs carrer could have Ended Right there

That's also why "even" Perez is a better racer than Ocon. My opinion. Look at the drag race after Eau Rouge coming up to Le Combes

Waited until Seb past Hamilton to safety car the race...who remembers this🤦🏾‍♂️🤔

Was there watching sat in the stadium right on that corner, exciting stuff!

Only one week to go, before lights out!

According to the Finnish media, Mercedes is gonna announce Bottas staying for 1 more year.

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