Dubai, UAE, 24 April 2018: Saeed Al Mehairi returned to winning ways with a Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior Cup triumph on Monday night (23 April) at Dubai Kartdrome. Atef Al Barwani continued his ruthless winning streak in the Masters category and Andrey Ouziel picked up his first SWS Junior Cup victory.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Saeed Al Mehairi considered resting in preparation for the second round of the Endurance Championship this weekend (27-28 April), but the Emirati driver decided to compete on Monday night and was soon rewarded with a Senior Cup trophy.
Hussain Umid Ali set the pace in qualifying, topping the timing screens with a best lap time of 1:11.446 seconds to claim pole position over Anjum Shaikh by just 0.033 seconds. The top 13 drivers all qualified within less than a second of the leader and the grid was full with 34 karts.
The polesitter struggled in Race One, dropping all of the way down to ninth place, while Al Mehairi moved up from P3 to take the chequered flag ahead of Maz Nawaz by a narrow 0.095 seconds.
Nawaz and Al Mehairi resumed their battles in Race Two, and the two drivers changed leads throughout the contest. In the final laps Al Mehairi held off Nawaz for another win, clinching the overall victory.
With a pair of race wins Saeed Al Mehairi racked up the full 80 points and took home the SWS Senior Cup trophy. Maz Nawaz kept the fight close all night but had to settle for 72 points and second-place. Anjum Shaikh claimed third on 64 points.
In the Masters category of the Senior Cup, Atef Al Barwani continued his destruction of the field with two class wins. The Emirati driver has now won five out of six rounds this year.
Mohammed Ismail did his best to chase down the leader, getting as close as 1.863 seconds behind in Race Two but, so far, that is about as close as any Masters driver can get to Al Barwani.
Al Barwani cruised to victory with 54 points and Ismail took second with 48 points. Paul Sebright was third in class on 38 points.
SWS Junior Cup
Andrey Ouziel recovered from an uninspiring qualifying session to roar back and claim his first SWS Junior Cup win of his career.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi had the pace early on, earning pole position with a best lap time of 1:20.415 in qualifying, three tenths of a second quicker than Federico Al Rifai and a full 1.130 seconds faster than Ouziel who lined up in sixth position.
In Race One Al Qubaisi was quickly reeled in by Ouziel, Al Rifai and Patrick Debattista, with Ouziel powering through the pack to take the chequered flag by an impressive 3.809 seconds ahead of last round’s Junior Cup winner Debattista.
After getting a taste of victory, there was no stopping Ouziel. He went on to clinch Race Two, crossing the finish line 1.384 seconds ahead of Al Rifai.
Andrey Ouziel went two-for-two on the night, collecting the full 80 points and was rewarded with his first SWS Junior Cup winner’s trophy. Federico Al Rifai and Patrick Debattista tied up with 69 points each, but Al Rifai’s better qualifying time bumped him up to second place. Debattista has been a dominant force this year, but in this bout he was relegated to third.
The next SWS Sprint Race Night take place at Dubai Kartdrome on 21 May 2018, and will kick off the first round of the 2018 Ramadan Challenge. An assortment of sponsor prizes will be awarded after four rounds.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether