Dubai, UAE, 19 June 2018: A band of talented UAE drivers led by Dubai Kartdrome Manager, David Bright, challenged the top leisure kart drivers from around the globe at the Sodi World Series (SWS) 2018 World Finals at Lignano, Italy over the weekend (14-16 June).
The contest brought together around 280 drivers from 84 circuits and 35 different countries competing in three categories: Junior Cup, Sprint Cup and Endurance Cup. The three-day race event took place at Circuito Internazionale Venezia Giulia in Lignano, a kart circuit located near Venice, Italy.
Dubai Kartdrome was represented in the Senior Cup by Ekaterina Kazakova, Karim Al Azhari, Markus Thomas, Abigail Birch, Allan Khoury, Maz Nawaz, Hussain Umid Ali and Anjum Shaikh.
Kyle Kumaran, Patrick Debattista, Alexander Renner and Enzo Al Azhari competed in the Junior Cup classes and Pedja Jakovljevic, Durate Lopes, Andre Caido and Miguel Neto of Bin Drai Karting drove the 12-hour team endurance race in a bid for the Endurance Cup.
Karim and Enzo Al Azhari were the first Father-Son duo to compete in the Sodi World Finals.
All the Dubai racers put in impressive drives during the weekend, with some collecting trophies in the preliminary rounds. Out of the twelve sprint drivers competing, five qualified for the final championship races.
Abigail Birch started at the back of the grid for the World Masters Super Final but she managed to pick up seven places in the race and finished 12th place in the Senior Cup. She also specials honours as the top Woman Driver of the contest.
Enzo Al Azhari nabbed 16th and Kyle Kumaran 11th for the Junior World Masters Final, while Patrick Debattista and Alexander Renner just missed the podium in the Junior Kid World Masters Final by placing 5th and 6th respectively.
2018 Endurance Championship leader, Bin Drai Karting, qualified in 4th for the 12-hour team endurance race but ended up dropping down to 10th place after the chequered flag.
David Bright remarked, “I’m real proud of our drivers; they did a fantastic job against the best leisure kart racers in the world.”
“Next year we’ll be back and even better.”
Report: Aaron Meriwether