Dubai, UAE, 7 December 2019: Saudi driver Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud of MS7 by WRT (#7) spoiled the traditional Dragon Racing victory celebration by bringing his Audi R8 LMS Evo to the GT party.
Round Three of the NGK UAE ProCar Championship featured alongside the Gulf Radical Cup and National Sportsbike Super Series on Friday (6 December) at Dubai Autodrome.
Al Saud squeaked by Jim Geddie in qualifying with the Audi clocking in half a second quicker than the Dragon Racing Lamborghini Huracan ST (#77) to record the top lap time of 1:59.974 on the GP Circuit—the only driver on the grid to dip below the two-minute mark.
The MS7 by WRT Audi LMS Evo looked even better at race pace. Al Saud sailed to a comfortable victory in Race One, followed by a proper duel with Geddie in Race Two in which the Saudi pilot maintained his cool and held on for the win, going two-for-two on the day and wrapping up the GTA Class.
Dragon Racing’s Geddie had to settle for a pair of second-place finishes overall, but his Lamborghini racked up two category wins in GTC, ahead of teammate Josh Price behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 Challenge (#8).
Defending TCR champion Costas Papantonis (#1) stayed on course with two straight class victories in TCR over Mouhrista Racing teammate Alexandros Annivas (#9). The Seat Leon Cup Racer of Annivas briefly stole the lead in Race Two, but Papantonis quickly recovered his Cupra Leon and relegated Annivas back to wingman status.
The Clio Cup category normally features feisty racing and the Renault racers certainly delivered in Round 3. Mohammed Abdulghaffar Hussain (#76) of Rent2Race edged out Rahil Taneja (#10) of AUH Motorsports in qualifying and the two drivers continued to battle in the following races.
Hussain held off repeated challenges from Taneja in the first race, only to lose his frontrunner position to the Indian driver on the last lap, with Taneja sneaking past Hussain by just 0.069 seconds at the finish line. The Emirati bounced back for Race Two, clinching the class win comfortably, leaving Marcelina Czepiel of AUH Motorsports (#54) and Taneja chasing behind.
Scottish driver Colin Linklater (#40) continued his winning ways for the previous round, topping the Trophy category in both races in an AUH Motorsports Renault Clio Cup.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Aaron Meriwether & Arthur Rosales