Maiden SWS Senior Cup Victory for Nawaz
Expert driver Maz Nawaz earned his first Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior Cup victory with two tough fought races on Monday (8 Could) night at Dubai Kartdrome. Heiki Eelma redeemed the top step in the Masters category and Keanu Al Azhari had a near perfect run to take leading honours in the SWS Junior Cup.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
Maz Nawaz has been steadily going up the SWS Senior leader board for the last two years and his willpower ultimately repaid with a convincing win over a field of talented drivers.
After a slow start, Nawaz certified in seventh placement, well out of variety of regular frontrunner Rami Azzam, that topped Qualifying with an ideal lap time of 1:11.608 to take pole position.
Azzam made good use of post in Race One, making a clean flee and leaping in advance of the pack. Romaldo Labrooy and Ahmed Al Hammadi pressed the leader while Nawaz progressively selected his means with the grid and drew in the leaders.
In the last laps Nawaz navigated both Labrooy and Al Hammadi and quickly had Azzam in his sights, but Rami held on for the win, crossing the goal just 0.106 seconds in advance.
Race Two was a scrappy contest, with plenty of lead modifications and violations. Once more it was Azzam that led from the beginning, but this time it was Nawaz that emerged from the scuffle and charged on for his very first SWS heat win, taking the chequered flag 0.257 secs in advance of Labrooy.
When the last factors were tallied, Maz Nawaz won the night on 76 factors, while Rami Azzam and Romaldo Labrooy were connected with 67 factors each. Azzam was the leading qualifier, which enabled him to pip second place over Labrooy.
After his initial win Maz Nawaz remarked: "Finally pulled it through. To win it outright versus these men really feels amazing.”
In the Masters category of SWS Senior citizens, veteran motorist Heiki Eelma returned to top form and liquid chalked up one more course win. He shared the platform with two fresh challengers, Charles Dexter in 2nd place and Maurizio Colombo claiming third.
SWS Junior Cup
With two race victories straight, Keanu Al Azhari needed to battle for each centimetre of tarmac versus a perky difficulty from Kamal Agha.
Agha fired the initial salvo, rocketing to the top of Certifying with finest lap time of 1:20.165, almost half a 2nd free from Al Azhari, that lined up second on the grid after a best lap of 1:20.617.
Both seasoned competitors, Al Azhari and Agha really did not hold anything back in the following two races. Running bumper to bumper, each motorist asserted the frontrunner position throughout the race, but in both contests Al Azhari kept in control to stay in advance for the win.
Al Azhari clipped Agha by 0.827 seconds in Race One and simply 0.231 seconds in Race Two. Kyle Kumaran went after the leaders on both occasions, however needed to opt for third each time.
When the last factors were calculated, Keanu Al Azhari was the clear victor with 80, while Kamal Agha declared a praiseworthy 2nd position on 72. Kyle Kumaran completed the podium with a 3rd place coating on 66 factors.
1. SWS Senior Cup Platform at Dubai Kartdrome 8 May 2017
2. SWS Junior Cup Podium at Dubai Kartdrome 8 May 2017