Dubai, UAE, 25 September 2018: Maz Nawaz nabbed his third Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior Cup win of the year while Enrique Gluckmann got his first conquest in Masters. Andrey Ouziel made his case as a serious contender in the SWS Junior Cup with a hard-fought victory over the prevailing frontrunner Patrick Debattista.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
The night started well for Ahmed Al Hammadi, the only driver out of 30 on the grid to dip below the 1:15.00 mark in qualifying and grab pole position with a best lap time of 1:14.792. Maz Nawaz was over three tenths of a second off the leader’s pace and lined up on the grid in P2.
Race one developed into a battle of Dojomoto teammates, with Anjum Shaikh and Nawaz jumping into the lead and Al Hammadi dropping back to third. Shaikh won the tussle, taking the chequered flag just 0.202 seconds ahead of Nawaz for the win.
Maz struck back in the final race, grabbing the lead and then coasting to victory, over seven seconds clear of his nearest rival, Hussain Umid Ali. Despite initial achievements in the evening, Al Hammadi struggled to keep pace in the races, finishing fourth the last heat and just missing out on a podium.
Consistent performance earned Maz Nawaz 76 points on the night and his third SWS Senior Cup victory of the year. Dojomoto comrade Anjum Shaikh secured second-place on 67 points, just one point clear of Hussain Umid Ali in third.
In the Masters category of the Senior Cup some fresh faces appeared on the podium, with Enrique Gluckmann earning his maiden victory for the year, topping the class with 38 points. Mahmood Jaafar claimed second-place on 34 points and multiple Radical SR3 champion Jani Hjerppe, the “Flying Finn”, picked up third-place with 31 points.
SWS Junior Cup
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “Tonight we welcomed the Junior racers back after the summer break and, despite the time away, the top drivers still looked sharp out there and we witnessed some great racing.”
Patrick Debattista was eager to continue his winning ways in the Junior Cup and he immediately signalled his intent in qualifying, delivering a best time of 1:25.426, hopping ahead of Adam Ben Hadj by a mere 0.065 seconds.
Race one also went Patrick’s way and, despite challenges from Andrey Ouziel, he finished the race comfortably ahead of Ouziel for the win.
Andrey attacked again in race two, this time finding success. He got ahead of Debattista and Federico Al Rifai and held on for a narrow victory. Al Rifai was just 0.165 seconds back to claim second-place, leaving Debattista in third and missing out on crucial points.
After points from the two heats were tallied, Andrey Ouziel racked up 76 points and went home with the Junior Cup winner’s trophy. Victory was just out of reach for Patrick Debattista who ended the night with 73 points. Federico Al Rifai took the third step on the podium with 65 points.
The next round of SWS sprint racing will be on Monday, 8 October at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: CK Designs