Dubai, UAE, 5 February 2018: Anjum Shaikh, Atef Al Barwani and Patrick Debattista all managed to collect their second win in a row for the 2018 Sodi World Series (SWS) Sprint Races at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night (5 February).
SWS Senior Cup & Masters
2017 SWS Dubai Kartdrome champion Anjum Shaikh added another Senior trophy to his collection, getting a perfect start to the new season.
Shaikh signalled his intentions early on during qualifying, clocking in a best lap time of 1:11.374 to grab pole position over Romaldo Labrooy by just 0.035 seconds.
Over the next two races Shaikh would find it more difficult, conceding Race One to Maz Nawaz by 0.199 seconds and then Race Two was won by Romaldo Labrooy in the final laps, beating Shaikh to the finish line by two tenths of a second.
Overall consistency prevailed and, despite not winning a race, a pair of second place finishes earned Anjum Shaikh 72 points and a narrow win over Romaldo Labrooy and Maz Nawaz, both tallying up 71 points on the night. Labrooy’s better qualifying position handed him the second-place trophy while Nawaz had to settle for third.
In the Masters division, multiple SWS champion Atef Al Barwani continues to dominate. The Emirati aced the qualifying session and then seized two class wins for a runaway victory in the category.
Al Barwani completed the night on 51 points, leaving Elie Chaib and Greg Watt to fight over second place scraps. Chaib and Watt both received 36 points, with Watt prevailing based on his superior qualifying position.
SWS Junior Cup
Patrick Debattista was near perfect on the night and in the process racked up his second SWS Junior Cup victory in a row.
Debattista stated his case early on, jumping to the top of the qualifying screens with a best lap time of 1:19.669, getting 0.191 seconds clear of Federico Al Rifai.
In the previous week Al Rifai won the first Junior round of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship with his team Kings Dubai, and he would be only driver to seriously challenge Debattista on Monday night.
Patrick coasted to victory in Race One by an incredible 13.511 seconds ahead of Andrey Ouziel and then just missed out in Race Two, with Federico taking the win instead, by a gap of 2.286 seconds.
After the points of the two races were calculated, Patrick Debattista walked away with another first-place trophy on 76 points total. Federico Al Rifai earned second-place with 70 points, narrowly beating out Andrey Ouziel by a point. Ouziel claimed the third step on the podium with 69 points.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether