Dubai, UAE, 17 February 2019: A full weekend of motorsport and entertainment concluded on Saturday at Dubai Autodrome with 13 races and five championship series in action over two days (15-16 February). The popular Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East rolled into town to headline the event which also featured rounds of the NGK UAE Touring Car Championship, Al Masaood National Motorcycle Championship, Bahrain Superbike Championship and the FIA F4 UAE Championship.
On Friday petrol enthusiasts were also treated to the 2019 edition of MADE DXB, the annual car show produced by CarCulture.ae. The Dubai Autodrome Grandstand was filled up on three different levels with a host of modified vehicles and classics.
Did you miss out? If so, here’s what you missed…
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East
The #9 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo (PRO Class), under the steady hands of Timur Boguslavskiy and Frederick Schandorff, was an unstoppable force over the entire weekend. The Russian and Danish driver combo went three-for-three to wrap up a perfect round for Target Racing.
Local karting ace Ramez Azzam has quickly adapted to driving 620hp V10 Italian supercars; the Emirati joined forces with veteran Axcil Jefferies at Konrad Motorsport and the two drivers made an impressive run, challenging the race leaders and topping the PRO AM category in all three races.
Another Konrad Motorsport machine, the #11 Huracan, also had a good outing. German driver Vincent Schwartz nabbed three class victories in the AM Class field.
LC Class witnessed two category wins from Gerard Van Der Horst of Van Der Horst Motorsport, and a single class victory from Gabriele Murroni of GDL Racing Team.
NGK UAE Touring Car Championship (click here for full TrackTalk report)
ZRT Motorsport’s Jonathan Mullan clinched a Race One victory in the #48 Honda Integra. Costas Papantonis of Gulf Petrochem/Mouhritsa Racing suffered technical issues with his TCR Cupra in the first race, but the Greek driver came roaring back to claim Race Two.
Newcomer Pierre-Brice Mena surprised the grid by seizing a Renault Clio Cup class victory over Jon Simmonds and Willie Morrison in Race One, but championship leader Morrison took care of business in the second race to claim a class win.
Al Masaood National Motorcycle Championship
Saska Totaro (Ducati 959 Corse, Ducati Cup) had another great qualifying session, but again Lebanese rider Mahmoud Tannir (Honda CBR 600, Supersport) found the race pace to beat the Italian rider twice.
Totaro couldn’t manage an overall race win, but he did secure a class victory in the Ducati Cup in Race Two, after Lara Pepler (Ducati 959 Corse, Ducati Cup) took the first.
Yuri Jongkind (Yamaha R6, Superstock) had two solid outings, grabbing two class triumphs in the crowded Superstock category.
Bahrain Superbike Championship
Saska Totaro also has a #5 Ducati bike in the Bahrain series and the Italian rider made up for his troubles from the national championship.
Totaro dominated qualifying and then went on to win two races over Masoud Behbehhani, wrapping up a perfect round in the series.
FIA F4 UAE Championship
Race One chaos, starting with a pileup in the first corner, dropped six cars out of the contest. Three drivers from Xcel Motorsport managed to avoid the trouble and took full advantage to fill the first podium, with Omani driver Shihab Alhabsi standing on the top step.
After cars were patched up, a full grid once again took to the circuit. Joshua Durksen of Muecke Motorsport took the chequered flag just 0.381 seconds ahead of fellow teammate Nico Gohler to win Race Two.
Xcel Motorsport came back in Race Three, with Italian driver Matteo Nannini crossing the finish line almost four seconds clear of Alhabsi.
The fourth race went to another Xcel Motorsport driver, Tijmen Van Der Helm, with Alhabsi again giving chase.
Matteo Nannini currently leads the FIA F4 UAE Championship with 214 points, 17 points clear of Joshua Dürksen in second-place (197 points) and Shihab Alhabsi is now in third with 166 points.
Xcel Motorsport leads the Teams Championship over Dragon Racing, and Nannini leads the Rookie Championship over Dürksen.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales and Aaron Meriwether