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Preview: 2017 SWS World Finals

Eleven sprint drivers and one endurance team to compete

Dubai, UAE, 24 May 2017:  The top leisure kart drivers in Dubai are travelling to Paris, France to prepare for the 2017 Sodi World Series (SWS) World Finals, which takes place at Racing Kart Cormeilles from 25-27 May 2017.

The Sodi World Series (SWS) allows more than 40,000 drivers from all over the world to compete with each other throughout the year on each of the SWS official partner tracks in more than 50 countries.  Based on the SWS world ranking at the end of the season (31 December, 2016), the best drivers in each category qualify for the Sodi World Finals.

Three categories will be contested: Junior Cup (11-14 years old), Sprint Cup (15 years and over) and the Endurance Cup (teams).  Dubai Kartdrome will be sending drivers for all three categories, led by Team Manager David Bright.

Alex Connor, Kamal Agha, Danny Shields and Patrick Debattista will challenge the SWS Junior Cup.

SWS Junior Cup

Alex is no stranger to the competition, having achieved pole position in two SWS World Finals and finishing an impressive third place last year.  Kamal also has experience with some heat wins last year, and if his current form in Rotax and SWS continues, he should be a serious contender in Paris.

This will be the first SWS World Finals for Danny and Patrick, so both drivers will be focused on learning as much as possible from the veterans.

Rami Azzam, Hussain Humid Ali, Maz Chungtai, Anjum Sheikh, Gianluca Elmosi, Dario Rubio and Ekaterina Kazakova will enter the SWS Sprint Cup.

SWS Sprint Cup

Rami was the 2016 SWS Dubai Kartdrome Champion and Hussain the 2016 SWS UAE National Champion—both drivers will be favourites to challenge for the world title.

Rami was well positioned to win it last year, but after getting bumped off track on the final race, he had to settle for a heartbreak finish at twelfth.  Hussain has eight years of experience in the finals with a series of heat wins and podiums, but he’s looking to finally take the big prize.

Anjum and Maz are also seasoned SWS competitors, with both drivers on a current hot streak that should give them hope for a strong showing in Paris.

Gianluca, Dario and Ekaterina have worked their way up the SWS grid over the years and now all three are ready for their world debut on the big stage.  They will have plenty of support from experienced comrades and the Dubai Kartdrome Team Manager.

David Bright remarked, “It gives me great pleasure to lead this year’s Dubai Kartdrome team of 11 sprint drivers to the SWS World Finals.  Last year, we were so close to doing the triple and winning all three categories.  In the Junior Cup we were leading the final with just a few laps to go and then finished third.  In the Sprint Cup we had a good chance to win, but suffered some back luck in the final.”

However, CG Racing performed extremely well last year, upsetting the local European teams and winning the SWS Endurance Cup.  They return this year to defend their world title.

David added, “In the end CG Racing did us proud by winning the prestigious SWS World Endurance Championship.  This year, we are returning to Paris with one goal—winning the triple crown of all three categories!”

Batelco Racing, illustrious and long-time competitors at Dubai Kartdrome, will also be on hand to put up a serious challenge for the overall title.  They will be representing their home track,  Bahrain International Karting Circuit.

Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether

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