AL MEHAIRI TAKES CONTROL OF SODI-W-SERIES IN A TIGHT ROUND 13 VICTORY
Saeed Al Mehairi, Rami Azzam and Abigail Birch battle it out in a spectacular night of racing
Dubai, UAE, 20 October, 2015: Saeed Al Mehairi took time off of his military service to participate in Round 13 of the 2015 Sodi-W-Series (SWS) Sprint Series at the Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night, and it did not take long for the popular Emirati driver to get back to his winning ways on the night.
Al Mehairi, who is one of the stars of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, where he races for the SkyDive Dubai team, got his race night off to a moderate start as he qualified down in tenth - three quarters of a second down on the pole time set by Craig Shenton. A mere one second separated the top 15 on the grid.
In Race 1, Al Mehairi delivered a superb drive turning his tenth place on the grid into second place when the chequered flag waved, only a couple of seconds behind race winner Rami Azzam.
Behind Al Mehairi was Maz Mawaz in third and pole-position winner Shenton in fourth. The trio crossed the finish line almost side-by-side.
Schoolgirl Abigail Birch was fifth ahead of Romaldo Labrooy in sixth, Jhon Quicenio seventh, Anjum Shaikh, eighth, Mohammad Akhlaq ninth and Salem Aladidi tenth.
Clearly inspired, Al Mehairi set the pace in Race 2, with Birch and Azzam chasing hard. The leading three edged ahead to engage in their own private battle, where Al Mehairi managing to fend off the attentions of Birch to claim the win by 0.182 of a second over Birch. Azzam finished less than half a second behind - it was as close as it gets.
Shaikh claimed fourth place, chasing the leaders, after breaking away from the posse slugging it out behind him. Fifth place went to Shenton, ahead of Nawaz in sixth, Quicenio seventh, lady racer Nadia Khan in eighth, Labrooy ninth and Anthony Gonsalves rounding out the top ten.
The overall victory on the night thus went to Al Mehairi, with Azzam second and Birch third.
In the SWS Masters class, a race within a race, Adrian Jones took top honours in the first race, ahead of Enrique Gluckman in second and Porus Noshir third. In the second race Gluckman took the win ahead of Jones, with Noshir bagging third again. Jones was the overall winner, ahead of Gluckman and Noshir in second and third respectively.
Earlier in the evening British tourist Fraser Brunton, holidaying in Dubai this week, stunned the local lads by claiming pole position and thereafter mixing it with the pace setters in both Junior SWS Sprint races.
In Race 1 Kamal Agha, Seif Al Naggar and Brunton battled it out throughout the race, changing positions on every lap, with Agha emerging winner with Al Naggar second and Brunton third - a mere second separated them as they crossed the line. Leo Ardolino chased hard to claim fourth ahead of Patrick Debattista in fifth and Oliver Gaenssler sixth.
In Race 2 the leading trio were again Agha, Al Naggar and Brunton with Jakub Fitzimmons joining the fray. The quartet again slugged it out for the nine laps, but Fitsimmons had enough to edge away and snatch victory, with Agha second, Brunton third again and Al Naggar fourth. Alex Macmillan was fifth and Debattista sixth.
When the points were tallied, Agha was overall SWS Junior winner on the night, with Al Naggar taking second and Brunton in third.
Round 14 of the 2015 SWS Sprint Series takes place at the Kartdrome on 16 November.