Dubai, UAE, 4 December 2020: The second round of the NGK UAE ProCar Championship headlined the last national race weekend of 2020 on Friday at Dubai Autodrome, an event that also featured rounds of the Waleed Alshemais National Sportsbike Championship and the Gulf Radical Cup.
Tani Hanna (#157) of Dragon Racing lost out to teammate Roman Ziemian (#28) on the last battle of the two Ferrari pilots, but Hanna was quick to recover for Round Two.
In qualifying the Lebanese driver strutted the curves of the 5.39-kilometre Grand Prix Circuit in style, popping to the top of the timing screens with best lap time of 2:02.641, edging out his Polish counterpart by just 0.297 seconds, earning P1 for the first of two races.
Overall & Ferrari Challenge
It was destined to be a dance of dragons, as the two Ferrari 488 Challenge Evos of Dragon Racing were again top contenders for Round Two.
Ziemian’s red and white Ferrari hounded Hanna all around the track, but the Lebanese driver kept up the pace and held on to take the chequered flag almost two seconds clear of the other prancing horse.
The struggle continued for 12 laps into the next race, but on the following lap Roman was forced to retire his vehicle, presenting Tani with an early holiday gift and another victory on the day.
The Greek contingent of Mouhrista Racing, led by the nimble TCR Cupra Leon of Alexandros Annivas (#9), put on another masterclass performance to ward off any pretenders to the TCR crown.
Annivas was third overall in qualifying with a best lap time of 2:10.269, with two GT-class Ferraris ahead of him, and the Audi of TCR challenger Ricky Coomber (#99) of ZRT Motorsport behind in P4.
The Greek driver made it a perfect afternoon, bagging two class victories, with a fourth-place and second-place finish overall. It was the fourth TCR win in a row for Annivas and Coomber’s Audi RS3 LMS has yet to find a way to break the leader’s dominance.
Renault Clio Cup
A legendary rivalry is in the making with Rent2Race’s Ahmad Al Moosa (#77) and Rahil Taneja (#10) of AUH Motorsports putting on a thrilling show every time the two Clios get on track.
In the first NGK UAE ProCar round, Al Moosa and Taneja split the Clio Cup spoils with one win apiece, and their fierce contest spilled over into round two.
Early on it appeared the Emirati driver had the advantage, topping class qualifying and then charging ahead to lead in the first race. However, the Indian driver was stuck to Al Moosa’s back bumper and ready to pounce.
Taneja snuck by Al Moosa to win the first Clio Cup trophy by a mere 0.680 seconds, and then came back in Race Two and did it all over again—this time by only 0.483 seconds!
The orange Toyota GT86 of Scott Dimeler (#55) went two-for-two on the day, earning a pair of class victories and making it the third AE86 win in a row for the American.
Airlink International Driver of the Day Award
Congratulations to Scottish Clio Cup driver Kenny Murray (#8) of AUH Motorsports for improving with each session throughout the day, continuously nipping at the heels of Ghaith Al Falasi (#20) of Cooper VIP Car and earning the Driver of the Day Award of AED 1,000.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether