Dubai, UAE, 10 November 2020: Dubai Kartdrome introduced the new Sodi World Series (SWS) RMAX Series on Monday night (9 November), with rising SWS star Kyle Kumaran making history as the first RMAX winner.
Powered by Rotax, framed in Sodi chassis and with SWS points up for grabs, the new RMAX series is billed as “the fastest SWS category” for leisure kart racers.
Familiar SWS rivals showed up to contest the new format, with Kyle Kumaran topping the opening qualifying in Group A and Danny Brand in front for Group B. When all the qualifying times were combined, Brand was the top qualifier with a best lap time of 1:05.342 on the 1.2-kilometre International Circuit, edging out Kumaran by just two tenths.
Brand’s red-hot tempo in qualifying quickly cooled in the opening race, with Alex Wareing instead taking victory, 0.457 seconds ahead of Karim Rizkala. Brand finished down in P4.
Kumaran fought off a fierce challenge by Anjum Shaikh in Race Two to hold on for victory, the student crossing the finishing line 0.169 seconds ahead of his EBC Brakes mentor.
Kyle took that momentum into the Super Final and trounced the rest of grid, running away with the chequered flag a full 5.431 seconds ahead of his nearest contender, Danny Brand. Mirgap Racing’s Hussain Umid Ali, who finished a quiet fifth place in the second race, came back strong in the Super Final to claim P3 and the final spot on the winner’s podium.
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright remarked, “It was fantastic to see the first ever SWS RMAX so well received. With lap times six seconds a lap faster than our regular 4-stroke karts, it demonstrated that this concept could be the perfect category for our leisure drivers who want something a little more powerful, effectively bridging the gap between leisure karting and national level 2-stroke karting on the big stage. Thanks to Rotax UAE for their technical support during the event.”
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales