24 February 2012
On the action packed bill at Dubai Kartdrome on Friday (24 February 2012) were races for the SWS Master Cup and the SWS Star Cup , which attracted some of the best leisure kart drivers in the UAE, and featured some of the biggest fields seen at Dubai’s premier karting venue for a long time.
To start with, in qualifying for the RX250 Master Cup just over a second separated the top 10 drivers with Rami Azzam taking pole position by 0.147 seconds from Paul Chatenay with Mohammed Al Mutawaa lining up third on the grid.
Chatenay, in fine form, went on to win the first race after Azzam and Al Mutawaa tangled on the first lap, the pair recovered but it was Azzam who really impressed by clawing his way to a hard fought and well deserved second place. Haytham Ali was third, Hussain Umid Ali fourth and reigning champion Rami Joudi fifth after recovering from tenth place on the grid.
In race two Azzam and Al Mutawaa did not make the same mistake again, the pair powered into an early lead, setting the pace with race one winner Chatenay chasing. But no one had an answer to Azzam’s pace as he gradually pulled away to take victory from Al Mutawaa, with Chatenay third, Joudi fourth and Umid Ali fifth.
Azzam said of his win, “It was really a great day. I love this series where we all are on an equal footing. I spent most of my day battling with Mohammed Al Mutawaa and it was a great challenge, but very competitive and ultimately very enjoyable. It feels good to take home the winners trophy when you have to work hard for it.”
The popularity of the Sodi Series is such that several of the leading drivers enter both the Master Cup and the Star Cup, which means they had a pretty busy race day on track.
The two main protagonists in the Star Cup were again Azzam and Al Mutawaa. The pair were in a league of their own with Azzam taking pole position and Al Mutawaa second fastest in the Sodi R7 karts. They dominated both races – running nose to tail throughout – with Al Mutawaa winning twice and Azzam runner-up twice. The difference between the two as they crossed the line in the first race was 0.156 seconds and in the second race 0.116 seconds – it simply does not get closer than that!
Atef Al Barwani claimed third place in Race 1, with Hussain Umid Ali snatching third place in Race 2 from Hatham Ali who was fourth.
Al Mutawaa was all smiles after his day out on track, “Four races today was very tough as the competition is really top notch, especially with Rami Azzam who apart from being a string rival is also a close friend. So the racing is really enjoyable and winning both R7 races and second in the RX250 is a very satisfying result.”
But biggest smile of all was from Azzam as he left the podium celebrations clutching four trophies.
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