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SWS Sprint Series: 23 January 2017

SWS SENIOR VICTORY FOR AL MEHAIRI AT DUBAI KARTDROME
Kelly Fergal tops the Masters podium and Al Azhari wins the SWS Junior trophy

Dubai, UAE, 24 January 2017:  After a full night of tense kart racing at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday (23 January), Saeed Al Mehairi, Kelly Fergal and Keanu Al Azhari all emerged as the big winners of the event.

Judging by the official results, the night appeared easy for Saeed Al Mehairi, who secured second in qualifying and then went on to bag two races in row.  The reality of the contest was anything but easy for Saeed.

Battles for the lead were relentless, especially in Race One, where Al Mehairi even dropped down to third before recovering for the win.  In each race he finished less than two tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival.  He squeezed ahead of Hussain Umid Ali by 0.110 seconds in Race One and 0.132 seconds in front of Anjum Shaikh in Race Two.

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After the SWS Senior points were tallied, Al Mehairi was the undisputed winner for the night with 80 points, followed by Anjum Shaikh in second with 66 points and Hussain Umid Ali taking third on 65 points.

Afterward Al Mehairi said, “I think it was a good race for everyone and it was fair for everyone as well.  Good fun and a good race for me for the beginning of the year.”

In the SWS Masters category, for drivers 35 years and older, Kelly Fergal was unstoppable.  He was best of class in qualifying and then went for two class victories in a row.  Alan Adotey was best-of-the-rest in second place, while Heiki Eelma claimed third.

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Keanu Al Azhari has developed into regular contender in the SWS Junior category.  It was a hard fought evening for Al Azhari, but once again he demonstrated that he is an upcoming talent in the sport.

Jake Anderson topped qualifying with a best lap time of 1:23.249, just 0.356 seconds ahead of Keanu.  However, Anderson was unable to exploit pole position in Race One, dropping down to fifth, while a group of four karts, led by Reisch Constantin, stormed into the lead.

Constantin took the chequered flag 1.822 second ahead of Zaid Haddad, with Al Azhari trailing in for third.

In Race Two Al Azhari pulled away from the pack and sailed home for a comfortable victory, a full 6.280 seconds ahead of Alexander Renner, followed by Zaid Haddad in third.

When the points of the two races were calculated, Keanu had a total of 73 points, four points up on Zaid Haddad with 69.  Alexander Renner secured third with 67 points.

Afterward Keanu commented, “It feels great.  Race One was pretty challenging but in Race Two I found it easy to drive away from the top three.”

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The next SWS Sprint Series night will be on Monday, 6 February at Dubai Kartdrome.

SWS Senior Results 23 January 2017
SWS Junior Results 23 January 2017

Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether

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