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2018-2019 NGK UAE TOURING CAR CHAMPIONS CROWNED

Dubai, UAE, 22 March 2019: The seventh and deciding round of the NGK UAE Touring Car Championship (NGK UAE TCC) wrapped up the 2018-2019 season on Friday afternoon at Dubai Autodrome, followed by an awards ceremony that evening to crown the touring car champions for 2018-2019.

King of Clios: Willie Morrison (#69). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
King of Clios: Willie Morrison (#69). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

The most challenging class in the NGK UAE TCC, the Renault Clio Cup Class powered by Renault Middle East, consistently attracted the largest grids throughout the season.  Confronting fierce competition every race weekend, Scottish driver Willie Morrison of A-Tech DXB (#69) emerged triumphant from the swarm of Clio Cup machines and successfully defended his title.

Champion Willie Morrison. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Champion Willie Morrison. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

After clenching his third Clio Cup title, Willie Morrison said, “Any win is great but to win this season is phenomenal when you see the class of drivers we have now.”

Top of Class 2: ZRT Motorsport. Photo: Arthur Rosales
Top of Class 2: ZRT Motorsport (#48). Photo: Arthur Rosales

 

Jonathan Mullan and the Honda Integra of ZRT Motorsport (#48) also came back to defend the Class Two title, and the veteran driver was successful in his bid, this time partnering with fellow Brit, Ricky Coomber, to share top honours.

TCR Class crown: Papantonis (#9). Photo: Arthur Rosales
TCR Class crown: Papantonis (#9). Photo: Arthur Rosales

 

Last season the Greek duo of Costas Papantonis and Alexandros Annivas of GP Global/Mouhritsa Racing shared the Class One spoils, but this season the keys of the Seat Leon Super Copa (#1) went to Annivas alone, who defended the title, while Papantonis took the new TCR Class crown, driving a TCR Cupra (#9).

Class 1 Champ: Alexandros Annivas. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Class 1 Champ: Alexandros Annivas (#1). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Championship trophies were presented to the winning drivers and teams by dignitaries from Renault Middle East (Class Partner) and NGK Spark Plugs Middle East (Series Partner).  Renault Middle East joined the touring car championship at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, and for NGK Spark Plugs Middle East, the close of the season marks a commendable eight years of patronage in local motorsport.

For Awards Night Report and Photos Click Here

 

BBQ and Awards Photos Coming Up. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
BBQ and Awards Night. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales and Aaron Meriwether

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