Dubai, UAE, 29 January 2018: Kings Dubai, with drivers Federico Al Rifai and Oscar Lambers, proved worthy of the name on Sunday night (28 January) with a first round Junior victory of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) at Dubai Kartdrome.
Al Rifai and Lambers managed to nab the win over championship favourites Swiss International Scientific School (SWISS) Teams 1 and 2. Kings Dubai only topped one of the four time-trial heats on the night, but consistently high placing finishes paid off in the end.
In the Nomad Cup category, for students of different schools on one team, it was Andrey Ouziel, Seb Murray and Edoardo Tiralosi of the All Stars who took home class honours.
Heat One went as expected with Enzo Al Azhari of SWISS Team 1 sailing to the top of the timing screens with a best lap of 1:19.820, the only driver to dip below the 1:20 mark. Al Rifai was off the pace by .554 seconds to take second place for Kings Dubai.
Ouziel of the All Stars came out of nowhere to take Heat Two with a top time of 1:21.854, leaving Kings Dubai with another second-place finish, this time with Lambers at the helm.
In Heat Three Kings finally got a win, with Al Rifai driving to a best time of 1:20.637, just .365 seconds quicker than Adam Al Azhari of SWISS Team 2.
Enzo Al Azhari brought home another win for SWISS Team 1 in Heat Four, clocking in a scorching time of 1:19.235, the fastest lap of the entire night. Harry Hannam of Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) also put in an impressive time of 1:19.505 to claim second.
After the points of the four heats were compiled, Federico Al Rifai and Oscar Lambers of Kings Dubai stood on the top step of the ESKC Junior winner’s podium with 119 points. SWISS Teams took the remaining steps with Adam Al Azhari and Dara Stankova of Team 2 securing second-place on 111 points, and Enzo Al Azhari and Luke Agnew of Team 1 getting third with 104 total points.
Andrey Ouziel, Seb Murray and Edoardo Tiralosi of the All Stars just missed out on the overall podium with 103 points, but it was enough to take the Nomad Cup class win for the evening. Maximillian Dexter and Taevan Stecyk of NASS Nomad Team took home second-place medals with 89 points, and Dragsters DXB, with Kayne Cherian, Joshua Mcgregor, Elie Nasser and Vlad Dashkonskyi, rounded out the Nomad podium on 84 points.
The next ESKC Junior round will take place on Sunday, 11 February 2018 at Dubai Kartdrome.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether