Sanad, Abdullah close in on karting titles

Sanad and Abdullah al Rawahi took a step closer to titles in their respective classes of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Karting Series at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday.

Sanad clinched victory in the Max Seniors class, while Abdullah won in the juniors during the ninth round meet that also served as the fifth round of the Dubai Autodrome Karting Championship (DAMC) Series.

Sanad won all three heats and the final, with a fastest lap that was over half a second better than his nearest rival. He has now virtually sealed the title in the UAE Karting Series, leading the way with 933 points.

Nikita Milikov is second with 731 and Raffaele de Lorenzi is third with 629. The Omani racer now just has to finish the remaining three rounds to clinch the overall title.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Sanad said, “This was one of my best days. To win all four races is really a fantastic feeling. Everything went perfect for me. I want to dedicate the win to my father [Suleiman al Rawahi] who has made all this possible for me and my brother, and also thank the crew that travels from Oman to support us here in Dubai.”

Abdullah had a tougher time on the day, sharing heat wins with Ameer Hassan, who took the chequered flag in races one and three. Abdullah took top spot in heat two. In the final, Hassan led early on but Abdullah managed to squeeze by and hold on to the lead until the finish. Cyrus Engineer was third.

Abdullah leads the Junior class with a total of 844 points but is closely followed by Cyrus Engineer (778) and Pasqual Pook (685).

Suleiman told Muscat Daily that the boys raced under the 'Safety First' slogan to show support for the campaign started recently by Omani rally driver Hamed al Wahaibi.

“We are very happy to support Hamed al Wahaibi’s initiative to promote road safety through motor sport. The boys realise the need of promoting road safety and I believe it is important for the youngsters to understand it,” he said.

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