Dubai, UAE, 4 November 2018: The future stars of karting were shining bright at Dubai Kartdrome for the second round of the Dubai Bambino Cup on Saturday (3 November), and none more so than Shonal Kunimal, who was faultless on the day to pick up his second consecutive victory.
Shonal and his parents have been making a long trek from Muscat to Dubai to compete, and the young driver has made the most of each trip.
In the previous round, Shonal and Anthony Joe Khalil grappled in a close contest, with Shonal winning the last two out of four time-trials and nabbing the overall victory.
In Round Two Shonal continued where he left off, elevating his level of driving and leaving the rest of the pack behind. He began the day in fine form, clocking in at 1:20.458 for the first time-trial—the only driver to dip below the 1:22 mark. Anthony Joe Khalil trailed behind with a best lap time of 1:22.495.
Other drivers started to improve their times but Shonal got even faster. He knocked out a 1:19.939 in time-trial two to beat out Lennard Titica and then a 1:19.707 to win the next time trial as well. Lennard was only 0.447 off the mark with a best lap of 1:20.154, but he still had to settle for another second-place finish.
The number three kart kept getting quicker, and by the last time-trial Shonal had registered a scorching 1:19.598 lap time to finish the day.
Four-for-four and all 200 available points earned Shonal Kunimal the Round Two winner’s trophy and a boast of confidence going in the next round. Lennard Titica secured second-place on 167 points and Anthony Joe Khalil claimed third with 162 points.
The driver from Oman has proven that he is now the driver to beat if anyone aspires to win the 2018-2019 championship. Anthony Joe Khalil, Leonidas Peruzzi, Kareem Azzi and Nicholas Kimi Stura are all in contention; which driver will step up and challenge Shonal in the next round?
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “Congratulations to Shonal for an impressive triumph today. I was also happy to see all of the drivers on the grid improving their lap times as the day progressed. Well done!”
Round Three of the Dubai Bambino Cup will take place on Friday, 18 January 2019, which will feature as part of the Dubai O-Plate Race Weekend at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales