Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2018: Anjum Shaikh claimed his fifth Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior Cup win of the year at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night (12 November). Oliver George picked up his first Masters category victory and Federico Al Rifai returned to winning ways in the SWS Junior Cup.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Team Dojomoto struck again, but this time it was Anjum Shaikh instead of Maz Nawaz taking top honours.
Nawaz had the tempo early on, flying through the qualifying session and clocking a best lap time of 1:17.847, a mere six thousandths of second quicker than Romaldo Labrooy. Shaikh was only 0.013 seconds off the leader’s pace and lined up on P3 for the starting grid.
Nawaz made the most of pole position and went on to win the first heat. Shaikh got the jump on Labrooy and finished the race just 0.258 seconds abaft his Dojomoto teammate.
Anjum took the momentum into heat two and cruised past Maz, who dropped into fourth. Shaikh sailed in for a comfortable victory, over two seconds ahead of Hussain Umid Ali.
When the final points of the two heats were tallied, Anjum Shaikh claimed victory with 76 points, five points clear of Maz Nawaz on 71. Hussain Umid Ali secured third-place with 66 points.
In the Masters category, Oliver George dominated the contest with a pair of class wins on his way to 40 points total and his first triumph of the year. Ian Debattista took home second-place silverware with 32 points and Greg Watt claimed third on 31 points.
SWS Junior Cup
Federico Al Rifai makes regular appearances on the winner’s podium, but his last outright victory was back in early June of this year. Consistent finishes over the night returned Al Rifai to the top step of the podium.
Arch rival Patrick Debattista was the quickest in qualifying, lighting up timing screens with a best lap time of 1:26.532, beating out Al Rifai by just 0.081 seconds.
The polesitter dropped back to third in the heat one, while Yashish Manohar navigated from sixth on the grid through the pack and into the lead. Manohar kept on for the win, 1.176 seconds clear of Al Rifai, who held on to P2.
Manohar couldn’t keep the pace in heat two, leaving Federico and Patrick to challenge for the win. Al Rifai took control and strolled across the finish line almost four seconds ahead of Debattista.
After the points of the two heats were calculated, Federico Al Rifai took home his third SWS Junior Cup victory trophy of the year with 76 points. Yashish Manohar earned second-place on 73 points and Patrick Debattista took the last step on the podium with 69 points.
The next SWS Sprint Series round will take place on Monday, 26 November 2018 at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether