Dragon Racing Dominates Inaugural Race Weekend
Clio Cup Hotly Contested
Dubai, UAE, 2 November 2016: Dragon Racing put on a masterclass performance at the opening round of the NGK Racing Series at Yas Marina Circuit (28-29 October), taking class and overall wins.
A fresh car and an established racing pedigree make Dragon Racing the team to beat for the new season of the NGK Racing Series. Their new Ferrari 488 GT3 proved its worth with two overall wins with two different drivers. Dragon Chairman Leon Price coasted to an afternoon Race One victory in the Ferrari, 32.553 seconds ahead of the pack. At night Rob Barff took the wheel of the same car and performed even better for Race Two, dispatching the rest of the field by over a minute.
Second place on both podiums went to another Dragon teammate, Tani Hanna, driving a Ferrari 458 Challenge. He secured two Class Four wins for the championship.
More Dragon racers, Bill Martin in a new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, commandeered team silverware with wins in Class Five, while Gregory Pain wrapped up Class Six in his Toyota GT86.
“It’s the variety of cars that makes the NGK Racing Series so interesting to both competitors and spectators.”
Best of the rest was GDL Racing and newcomer Jim Michaelian behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracan, getting to the third step of the podium twice on the weekend and topping Class Three.
Costas Papantonis of Gulf Petrochem/Mouhrista Racing picked up where he left off last year, racking up two race wins in his speedy Seat Leon Super Copa and once again making him the favourite to challenge in Class One.
Ashan Silva and his Honda Integra were unstoppable in two races in Class Two, but meanwhile a battle was brewing just behind him in a subcategory of same class, the Clio Cup.
During qualifying, less than a second separated the top three Renault Clio Cup drivers. Will Morrisson earned the first Clio Cup grid position in the fifth row with a qualifying best of 2:40.234 and Greek brothers Alexandros and Konstantinos Annivas of Gulf Petrochem/Mouhrista Racing lined up next.
The trio provided the best battles of NGK Series that weekend, regularly changing positions for the lead. Alexandros was the victor by a whisker in Race One, a mere .231 seconds over Will Morrison, who in turn was only .683 seconds ahead of third place Konstantinos.
Race Two was just as feisty and Alexandros Annivas made a solid case for frontrunner, again taking the win by the slimmest margins over Morrison, but this time it was Colin Boyle who acquired the third place spot.
Afterwards Dubai Autodrome General Manger Richard Birch commented, “It was great to see so many different marques make it for the first round; it’s the variety of cars that makes the NGK Racing Series so interesting to both competitors and spectators.”
The next round of the NGK Racing Series will take place on 18-19 November 2016 on the National Circuit at Dubai Autodrome during the National Race Days Power Weekend.