Romaldo Labrooy scores big win at Dubai Kartdrome’s Ramadan Senior Cup

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The Senior Karting Champions.

Championship leader Rami Azzam set the tempo for the night with a qualifying time of 1:12.491 but he was unable to hold the advantage in race one as Atef Al Barwani took the lead and secured the win on the Kartdrome’s outdoor circuit.

Labrooy prevailed in a scrappy race two when the top six karts were bumper to bumper throughout the contest. Atef stormed back and claimed race three but when the night’s points were calculated it was Romaldo’s consistently high placing that saw him win.

It was not so close in the Masters Category where Mohammed Ismail Ali has emerged as an overwhelming force to his class competitors. He secured three race wins and has now racked up an astonishing three trophies in a row.

Next door at the indoor circuit of Dubai Kartdrome,, Oscar McElroy piloted a steady course through heavy traffic to take round three in the Junior Cup.

It was not an easy journey for McElroy, his best result in his two races being a third, and on the final race grid he lined up in eighth place. Undaunted, he calmly steered his way up the grid, his patience and smooth driving paying off as he capitalised on the mistakes of the race leaders and emerged from the pack with a crafty win.

The Junior Karting winners.

The Junior Karting podium.

“That’s three rounds, three different winners for both the Juniors and Seniors.  Incredible results and now everything is up for grabs in round four,” said race director David Bright.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three drivers in each category at the end of four rounds, with the crowning prize for both senior and junior champions a fully funded Rotax or Iame race weekend.

The fourth and final round of the 2016 Ramadan Challenge will flag into action on Sunday, 3 July 2016.

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Region’s top motor racing talent to be showcased at Audi Sport TT Cup

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Al Nabooda racing star Zaid Ashkanani.

Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani will replace Bassam Kronfli, who cannot participate due to a neck injury.

Lebanese Edy Saaiby is the second driver to represent the region at the race on the historic Norisring in Nuremberg.

The Audi Sport TT Cup is part of the DTM weekend. Following the Le Mans 24 Hours, it’s the season’s pinnacle event as it is the only street circuit race of the year and Audi Sport’s home round. Nuremberg is only 90 kilometers away from the Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt.

Audi Middle East is supporting talented drivers from the region, giving them a chance to show that racers in the Middle East have the ambition and driving skills to take on the world’s best.

The 22-year-old Ashkanani is a role model for young motorsports enthusiasts in Kuwait and has a wealth of experience in racing.

He started his career by participating in the Silver category with Dubai’s Al Nabooda Racing at the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, in which he was the youngest championship winner in only his second year.

“I can’t wait to get to Norisring. It is a great opportunity for me to race with Audi Middle East. I’m looking forward to show my skills in such a high profile race,” said Ashkanani.

Saaiby is a regular at Yas Marina Circuit and his ambition is to reach the top professional level of the sport. The 32-year-old, who started driving at the age of 15, said: “It’s a pleasure for me to join the Audi Sport TT Cup race at one of the best racing tracks, the Norisring, and have my first international race.

“I’m looking forward to develop my racing career with Audi Sport and to learn from the experts.”

A total of 125 male and female drivers applied for a starting place in the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup.

Sixteen international talents were selected and now receive the chance to demonstrate their skills in the Audi one-make cup.

The race can be watched live at www.audi-motorsport.com.

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Abu Dhabi create history with podium finish at Le Mans

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Khaled Al Qubaisi and Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing.

Al Qubaisi shared driving duties with David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark) and Patrick Long (USA) behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR.

The team from the capital climbed from P3 to P1 and led for most of the first 12 hours of the race.

However, Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing slipped to second and as the hours ticked away Al Qubaisi & Co. was engaged in a fierce battle with the No.62 Ferrari.

In the closing stages of the race, Abu Dhabi battled for second and eventually settled for P3 instead of jeopardising the team’s chances of finishing on the podium.

Al Qubaisi kept the team in the hunt for a podium place, pitting with four hours to go and handing over the wheel to Patrick Long, with David Heinemeier Hansson, who had earlier given the team a flying start, bringing the car home safely in third.

Al Qubaisi said: “It is always great to be racing at Le Mans, and just finishing the race is an achievement in itself and being on the podium is indeed an honour.

“Obviously, we are a little disappointed as we could have finished higher. Having said that, we had a good race overall but the low temperatures did affect the performance of our tyres. Nevertheless, finishing in P3 is still a big achievement for the team.”

The team clocked 330 laps at an average speed of 206.2/km with a best lap of 3:57.989 over the 24-hour endurance race. The team did a total of 23 pit stops.

Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing are next in action at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring in Germany on July 24.

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