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Alex Connor races to third in Junior Cup final


An elite collection of Dubai Kartdrome’s finest racers represented the UAE on the world stage at the Racing Kart de Cormeilles (RKC) near Paris last weekend (7-9 July) at the 2016 SWS World Finals.

Up against some the best teams from around the globe, Dubai-based CG Racing Pro powered through the field during twelve gruelling hours of racing to seize the Endurance Cup title.

CG Racing Pro drivers Rami Azzam, Piers Pakenham-Walsh, David Terrien and Alban Varutti needed to dig deep to recover from ninth position in qualifying to eventually take the win.  A combination of expert pit stop strategy and blistering fast drives by Pakenham-Walsh fired them to the finish line 53.724 seconds ahead of their nearest rival, Team Swiss Pro.

“It was a tough weekend with its fair share of trials and tribulations, but we kept our focus and came out on top.  A fantastic team effort; three years in the making and we’ve finally done it,” said Piers.

Dubai Falcon Racing Team also made a run at the podium, maintaining P2 at the beginning of the race until they were struck with technical issue that dropped them all the way down to P17.  They recovered and pushed hard to make it back up to eighth position by the end of the race.

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In the Junior Cup Alex Connor made a tremendous impact, battling his way to third in the world rankings.  He started out in sixth position on the grid for the Super Final and managed to work his way to P3 at the checkered flag, just 2.602 behind the race leader.

After the event Alex commented, “I have had an amazing weekend.  It was a great experience to be driving against the best Sodi kart drivers in the world.  I arrived wanting to get a podium place but I never thought I would secure three first places in heats and then go on to get third place in the Super Final.”

“Thanks to Dubai Kartdrome for all of the support they have given me and my teammates over the weekend.  I hope I can secure first next year,” he added.

Oliver Walton and Kamal Agha also made an impression in the Junior Cup category.  Oliver improved from his P27 final ranking last year to move up into P16.  Meanwhile Kamal entertained the crowd with a series of deft overtaking manoeuvres and earning a respectable P20 world final ranking in his first ever competition outside of Dubai.

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The path to podium glory proved more difficult for the senior drivers in the Sprint Cup.  Abigail Birch and Rami Azzam were the first drivers to get on podium with two P2 finishes in the heat one finals.

Paul Chatenay, Allan Khoury, Hussain Umid Ali, and Maz Nawaz also earned podium finishes in subsequent rounds but it was Rami Azzam who kept up the pressure throughout the event and made a serious push for the Sprint Cup title.  In the Super Final race he drove to P12, followed closely by Chatenay in P13 and Nawaz in P14.

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In all it was a good showing for the UAE racers, who collected a total of 16 trophies throughout various stages of the event.

The drivers were accompanied and advised by Dubai Kartdrome’s David Bright, a former a UAE karting champion, and a two times European endurance kart champion.  He was impressed that the UAE residents could challenge and even triumph against the world’s best leisure kart drivers.

“We are extremely proud of our Dubai Kartdrome drivers; they represented us well this weekend,” he remarked.  “CG Racing Pro was crowned Endurance Cup champion, Alex Connor nearly bagged the Junior Cup title and most of the drivers won silverware. These results show how competitive and strong the level of kart racing is in the UAE.”

2016 SWS World Final Rankings

Endurance Cup
P1-CG Racing Pro
P8- Dubai Falcon Racing Team

Junior Cup
P3-Alex Connor
P16-Oliver Walton
P20-Kamal Agha
P33-Seif Al NaggarP12-Rami Azzam

Sprint Cup
P12-Rami Azzam
P13-Paul Chatenay
P14-Maz Nawaz
P26-Hussain Umid Ali
P46-Abigail Birch
P51-Anjum Shaikh

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