Walton seals sprint race double at Kartdrome

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Brace of wins: Oliver Walton (c).

Atef Al Barwani and Hussain Umid Ali scored a win apiece in the SWS RX7 Sprint races at the Kartdrome on Monday night, while Oliver Walton was unbeatable in the Junior LR4 category.

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Al Barwani struck first by powering to pole position with a best lap of 1:12.042. In Race 1, Al Barwani and Umid Ali set the early pace and managed to break away from the pack.

They finished with Al Barwani winning by less than half a second. Behind them Rami Azzam was best of the rest in third.

Race 2 saw a three-way battle between Ali, Al Barwani and Azzam as the trio swapped fastest laps and set a hot pace.

Ali eventually managed to edge ahead and claim victory over Azzam in second and Al Barwani third. Behind them Basit claimed fourth, with Khan taking fifth after fending off sixth placed Karykowski.

Al Hamamdi was seventh, Porus Noshir eighth, George Clarke ninth and Anthony Hirst tenth. Earlier, Walton did the double, taking maximum points by winning both his heat races and then powering to a comfortable win in the SWS Junior LR4 Super Final.

Heat 2 winner Keanu Al Azhari was second overall in the heats, with Giacomo Caccia third thanks to his win in Heat 4. Behind Walton in the Super Final was Caccia in second and Seif Al Naggar third. Luis Velasco won the Final.

The next round of the series takes place at the Kartdrome on May 11.

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Al Attiyah leads the pack at Sealine Rally

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Inside the top 10: The UAE’s Balooshi.

Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Poland’s Rafal Sonik lead the Sealine Cross-Country Rally after a 398.88km competitive section in the west and south of Doha.

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Car, motorcycle and quad stage victories on the day fell to Al Attiyah, Austrian KTM rider Matthias Walkner and Sonik. Al Attiyah, Coma and Sonik now head their respective categories by 13min 03sec, 2min 03sec and 58 seconds.

It was a very long stage. I started sixth and tried to catch everybody and did that at 160km,” said Coma. Walkner was pleased with his stage performance and the win.

“It was quite okay. (Jordi) Viladoms did a really good job and made the navigation work. Now we have to work hard again tomorrow.”

The UAE’s Mohammed Al Balooshi is sixth overall going into today’s third stage. 

Balooshi experienced technical difficulties with this navigation equipment yesterday, and said: “After a harsh landing, my GPS malfunctioned and my navigation got seriously compromised because I was only able to use the roadbook which has very small writing, so the fall in speed became really dramatic.

“I rode in these very disadvantageous conditions for almost all of the first section until I had to stop to try to repair it. I was lucky I could put it back to work but had already lost a lot of time.”

In the cars category, Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al Rajhi was the early leader of the second stage, but Al Attiyah eventually won the stage.

Al Rajhi’s goal at the start of the event was second overall and the Saudi performed admirably to set the second quickest time and retain second place, although he also stopped on two occasions to change wheels.

“One slow puncture,” said Al Rajhi. “We tried to carry on, but every 10km the pressure was going down and we had to change. Then, we got another one 180km from the end and had to stop and change. But second place was the target, so I am quite happy.”

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Edward Jones wins third on the trot in the Indy Lights

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Third strike: Edward Jones.

Dubai-based Edward Jones put in a commanding performance to record his third win on the trot in the Indy Lights.

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Jones, who had a disappointing practice session on Friday, where he finished seventh fastest, recovered to record the second fastest time in second practice and then subsequently qualify from fourth on the grid on Saturday for yesterday’s race.

Lining up pole-starter Jack Harvey, who incidentally had posted a new lap record in the dying seconds of the qualifying session on Saturday, Jones wasted little time in first nailing Kyle Kaiser, who retired following an incident, and then Spencer Pigot to take second.

Pigot though chased hard after Harvey also retired following an incident, but Jones, now in the lead, prevailed for his third win.

Jones said: “I knew it was going to be a bit hectic at the start because the temperatures were cold, the tyres were cold. I didn’t get the best start and dropped back to fifth.

“Then I had to deal with Spencer. You don’t want to make any mistakes. I risked it a bit but fortunately, I didn’t make any mistakes and that’s what kept me the lead.”

Jones is now on 94 points and leads the standings with Pigot (69) and Harvey (61) in second and third respectively

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