SWS SENIOR CUP VICTORY FOR AZZAM
Chevalier tops Masters and Kumaran nabs second consecutive SWS Junior Cup win
Dubai, UAE, 5 December 2017: For the final Sodi World Series (SWS) Sprint Series round of 2017, Ramez Azzam made a guest appearance at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night (4 December) and walked away with the win. Pierre Olivier Chevalier took home the Masters trophy and Kyle Kumaran finished out his SWS Junior Cup career in perfection.
SWS Junior Cup
Starting in 2018 Kyle Kumaran will race in the SWS Senior category, and on Monday night he said farewell to the SWS Junior Cup in style.
In a decisive valediction performance, Kumaran grabbed a motorsport hat-trick by conquering the qualifying session with a best lap time of 1:21.890, and then going two-for-two in the racing heats.
Patrick Debattista attempted to chase Kumaran down in heat one, but was 3.150 seconds short of the target at the chequered flag. In heat two it was Kamal Agha who put in a valiant challenge, but again Kumaran was simply unstoppable, and he took the win by 0.283 seconds over Agha.
When the final points were calculated, Kyle Kumaran was the clear victor, taking the full 80 points available. Patrick Debattista claimed second-place on 69 points and Kamal Agha collected the third-place trophy with 67 points.
The victory made it two wins in a row for Kumaran and the perfect finish to his SWS Junior Cup career. He said, “It’s my last race in SWS Juniors, so I liked to go out like this.”
“On the last race Kamal really put up a fight. I really enjoyed driving with him; it was fun.”
“I’d like to thank my parents, because they’re the ones who started me on this, and this is what got me to IAME and Rotax and all of the other bigger things. This is where you are supposed to start. This is where it all happens.”
“I’d also like to thank David and the rest of the Dubai Kartdrome team for hosting these great races.”
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Ramez Azzam joined in for the closing SWS Sprint Series night of 2017 to prepare for the final round of the Endurance Championship in two weeks, and it was clear the Batelco Racing driver is still in top form.
Azzam topped qualifying with a best lap time of 1:11.468 and then blazed on to triumph in heat one by 1.064 seconds over Romaldo Labrooy.
Heat two was more challenging, with Azzam dropping back to third while Anjum Shaikh and Hussain Umid Ali charged ahead. Shaikh took the chequered flag just 0.099 seconds ahead of Ali, with Azzam trailing in for third.
After the points of the two heats were tallied, Ramez Azzam claimed the SWS Senior victory with 73 points. Anjum Shaikh was only three points back on 70 to take second-place, just pipping out Hussain Umid Ali who claimed third-place on 69 points.
In the Masters category, for drivers 35 years and older, Pierre Olivier Chevalier collected a convincing class victory with a heat two win and a total of 41 points. Damian Hehir topped heat one, but had to settle for second-place silverware with a final tally of 36 points. Elie Chaib locked up third-place on 26 points.