NAWAZ NABS SWS SENIOR CUP WIN
Chaib top in Masters and Kumaran claims SWS Junior Cup
Dubai, UAE, 21 November 2017: Dojomoto driver Maz Nawaz returned to the top step of the Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior podium on Monday night (20 November 2017) at Dubai Kartdrome, with Elie Chaib taking top honours in the Masters category. Kyle Kumaran also made a podium comeback to seize an SWS Junior Cup victory.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Maz Nawaz returned to winning ways with consistent driving on the night, always at the sharp end of the contest.
Romaldo Labrooy was the top qualifier with a best lap time of 1:11.432, but Nawaz was only 0.161 seconds off the leader’s pace and he lined up second on the grid.
Labrooy, Nawaz, Ahmed Al Hammadi and Samuel Garbutt were all in contention for race one of two, but it was Nawaz who managed to evade the pack and take the chequered flag by 0.272 seconds over Labrooy.
In race two Nawaz and Dojomoto teammate Anjum Shaikh controlled the pace, with Shaikh gaining the upper hand and taking victory 0.178 seconds ahead of Nawaz.
After the final points of the night were calculated, Maz Nawaz claimed victory on 76 points, with Anjum Shaikh receiving a second-place trophy with 70 points and Romaldo Labrooy grabbing the final podium spot on 67 points.
Nawaz enjoyed the competition with the frontrunners. He said, “The racing was pretty clean today, no troubles at the front and no penalties as well, no warnings. It was pretty good driving with the top drivers here.”
In the Masters category, for drivers 35 years and older, Elie Chaib took top honours on 45 points, followed by the 40 points of Damian Hehir in second-place to take a narrow one point lead over Juergen Schmitz in third.
SWS Junior Cup
Kyle Kumaran struggled in qualifying but he soon found the race pace to get the win, his first since the beginning of October this year.
Alex Wareing was the quickest driver early on, topping qualifying screens with a best lap time of 1:20.273. Kumaran was almost a second and a half off the leader’s mark and had to settle for fifth place on the grid.
The two drivers’ fortunes reversed in race one, with Wareing dropping back into fifth place and Kumaran weaving past four drivers to take the chequered flag, a full 3.410 seconds ahead of Patrick Debattista.
Alex Wareing stormed back to win race two ahead of Federico Al Rifai. Kumaran trailed in for third-place, which turned out to be just enough to seal the contest.
After points of the two races were tallied up, Kyle Kumaran earned the first-place trophy on 73 points. Alex Wareing took home second-place silverware with 70 points and last round’s winner, Federico Al Rifai, claimed third-place on 67 points.
Kyle hopes to compete in the SWS World Finals in Paris this spring, and the victory on Monday night earned him crucial SWS points to help fulfill his ambitions. He said, “The overall points were good, so I was happy about that.”
Article & Photos: Aaron Meriwether