Strong field for Round 5 of the UAE Radical Cup
8 February 2012
This weekend’s Radical Cup races at the Dubai Autodrome are set to see some new names on the grid and some old ones returning.
In the SR8 class, Edward Jones the 16 year old Formula Renault driver is set to battle it out with Bassam Kronfli and Raed Hassan, the current SR8 class leaders. They will be joined by Kuwaiti driver Khaled Al Mudhaf who is taking a break from the Maserati Trofeo Series and who will drive the AUH Motorsports SR8.
In the SR3 class, Tony Wells and James Littlejohn from the UK will be going all out to consolidate their lead in the Series. Both drivers will then be flying overnight to the Ascari race circuit in Spain to join the European Masters Series testing which takes place on the next day. In this series they will be running in their new SR8.
Swedish driver Perry Johansson will be hoping to improve on his two second places at Yas Marina two weekends ago and snatch a place at the top step of the podium. Among local drivers, Maurice Faber will be looking to put in a strong performance in his new SR3 as will Alhassan Ghzaiyl who will be racing for the first time in the Radicals. Qatar driver AbdulRahaman Al Thani will be running alongside UAE national co-driver Juma Al Dhaheri and Mohammed Al Hammadi another UAE driver will also be competing and hoping for a strong performance.
Fast and furious should be the order of the day but hopefully without the bruising encounters of the last event at Yas. Ben Foster AUH Motorsports Team manager said, “The Yas event brought out some exciting racing throughout the field but at a price. With several cars suffering damages from collisions and spins, our mechanics have been working flat out to get the cars fully up and running for this weekend’s event. Hopefully, this next round will be a much quieter affair albeit the drivers will be running at maximum performance to beat their competition”.
Will the up and coming star Edward Jones be able to outperform the seasoned local performers Kronfli and Hassan or will Mudhaf steal the show? We will shortly find out.
Also on the bill on the day, at Dubai Autodrome, are races for: NGK UAE GT Championship, Motorcity UAE SPortbikes and Suzuki Swift Cup. Entry is free for race fans with easy access to the paddock and grandstand.