Dubai, UAE, 21 March 2018: Ahmed Al Hammadi kept his Sodi World Series (SWS) World Championship ambitions on course with a narrow Senior Cup win on Monday (19 March) night at Dubai Kartdrome. Former SWS Senior champion Atef Al Barwani dominated the Masters field and Patrick Debattista collected his third SWS Junior Cup win of 2018.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Ahmed Al Hammadi has his sights set on the next SWS World Championship in Paris, France and the Emirati grabbed a much-needed win over the 2017 SWS Dubai Kartdrome champ, Anjum Shaikh.
In a full grid of 34 karts Al Hammadi got into the contest straight away by topping qualifying screens with a best lap time of 1:11.501, edging out veteran competitor Maz Nawaz by just 0.088 seconds.
Al Hammadi couldn’t make use of pole position in Race One however, and Anjum Shaikh advanced from P3 to take the chequered flag by 0.111 seconds ahead of Nawaz. Al Hammadi claimed third place.
Al Hammadi stormed back in Race Two, holding out for the win, crossing the finish line ahead of Nawaz by 0.232 seconds, leaving Shaikh in third.
After the points of the two races were tallied up, Al Hammadi and Shaikh were level on 73 points total. Al Hammadi’s top qualifying time broke the tie and handed him the SWS Senior Cup trophy for the night. After a hard-fought battle, Anjum Shaikh had to settle for second-place and Maz Nawaz was just one point behind the leaders with 72 points to take third.
Atef Al Barwani demonstrated, once again, that he is the driver to beat in the Masters category. The Emirati rolled through the contest comfortably, earning fourth position overall in qualifying, a full ten places ahead of the next Masters driver, Carsten Winter.
Al Barwani went on to take two class wins and took home the SWS Masters trophy with 59 points total. Carsten Winter collected second place with 45 points and Dennis Koll claimed third with 23 points.
SWS Junior Cup
Consistency was key for Patrick Debattista as he scored a series of second-place finishes that managed to add up to first-place trophy by the end of the night.
With a best lap time of 1:19.638, Sultan Ammar Kurdali was the only driver to dip below the 1:20 mark in qualifying. Debattista was a half a second off the pace of the polesitter and lined up in P2.
In Race One Khalifa Al Qubaisi put in a remarkable drive to go from eleventh on the grid to throttle through the pack and take the win, edging out Debattista by just 0.416 seconds.
Andrey Ouziel was dominant in Race Two, crossing the finish line a comfortable 2.065 seconds ahead of the field. Again, Debattista rolled in for second-place.
When the final points of the two races were computed, Patrick Debattista walked away with the SWS Junior Cup trophy on 72 points, with steady and dependable driving winning the day over outright race victories. Andrey Ouziel secured second-place with 69 points and Khalifa Al Qubaisi claimed third on 66 points.
The next SWS Sprint Race night will be on Monday, 9 April 2018 at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Atif Mohammed & Aaron Meriwether