Dubai, UAE, 25 February 2020: The runaway freight train, also known as F&O Racing, appears to be unstoppable, as the other Junior division drivers of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) attempt to keep pace with the talents of Federico Al Rifai and Oscar Lambert.
F&O notched up three wins in row on Monday night (24 February) at Dubai Kartdrome, securing the team’s status as top Nomad Class contender. Rivals SR Team and Dragsters DXB will need to discover some extra velocity to take the fight to the championship leader in the fourth and final round.
Safa Community School (SCS) Team 2, with drivers Ryan Khaldy and Saif Khatib, placed fourth overall, earning the team its first ESKC Class victory of the season. The win also bumps SCS Team 2 into second place in the ESKC title race, right behind championship leader Dubai English Speaking College (DESC).
Round Three Highlights
Al Rifai and Lambert of F&O Racing may have been a bit rusty in qualifying, settling for a modest P3 spot behind Nomad adversaries Dragsters DXB and SR Team, but they were quick to shake it off in the next four races.
SR Team, with drivers Randy Nader and Saeed Al Zooroni, grabbed pole position with an untouchable lap time of 1:22.210, almost a full second quicker than the top times set by Dragsters DXB and F&O Racing.
Al Rifai got the momentum going for F&O Racing, charging to the front and winning Race One by 3.659 seconds ahead of the polesitter Nader of SR Team. Lambert faced a more formidable challenge in Race Two, but the F&O Racing driver managed to hold on, crossing the finish line just 0.175 seconds in front of Joshua Mcgregor of Dragsters DXB, followed closely by Ryan Khaldy of SCS Team 2.
Then Al Rifai was put to the test in Race Three, with Nader challenging him closely all the way to the chequered flag. Al Rifai took victory over Nader by a mere seven hundredths of a second, with Conor Clancy of Dragsters DXB hounding the frontrunners to the line, two seconds back.
Lambert finished off what Al Rifai had started, winning Race Four for F&O Racing, rounding out a perfect day and leaving their competitors to fight for second place once again, with Al Zooroni claiming this dubious honour for SR Racing.
Going four-for-four on the night earned F&O Racing its third Junior division win in a row, and it continues to lead the Nomad Cup title race with a total of 102 championship points.
SR Racing came close to challenging the leaders but couldn’t steal a win. However, Al Zooroni earned a couple of extra points for the fastest lap of the event (1.22.180), and SR Racing is still in the title hunt with a total of 89 points, followed by the veteran team Dragsters DXB on 86 points.
Isaac Hadri, Harry Hannam, Muhammad Durrani and Vehaan Subramanian of DESC didn’t help their title campaign with a fifth-place finish in Round Three, but the team still leads the ESKC Class title chase with a total of 100 championship points.
Safa Community School (SCS) Team 2 earned its first ESKC Class win and has jumped into second-place with 86 points, just two points clear of Team 1 from Safa Community School on 84 points.
The final round of the ESKC Junior championship will take place on Monday, 9 March at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether