Dubai, UAE, 30 October 2018: Maz Nawaz notched up a Sodi World Series (SWS) Senior Cup victory in convincing fashion, making improvements every time he lined up on the race circuit at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday evening (29 October). Patrick Debattista returned to winning ways in the SWS Junior Cup and Andrew Vieira nabbed a Masters win while Emirati ace Atef Al Barwani had the night off.
SWS Senior Cup & Masters: Dojomoto Strikes
Thirty-three karts packed the grid on the International Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome. Karim Al Azhari is well known for racing GTs but he is also moving his way up the ranks in karting these days. He was joined on the grid by his son Enzo to challenge for the same category.
Pedja Jakovljevic of Bin Drai Karting Team, fresh off a Round Three victory in the Endurance Championship (19-20 October), lit up timing screens with a best lap of 1:11.334 to take pole position, his first ever in SWS. Nawaz was 0.290 seconds off the pace and lined up in fifth position on the grid.
Nawaz shook off the slow qualifying session and, like F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton, pushed the “party mode” button for the next two races.
In Race One Jakovljevic gave up the top spot, dropping down to fourth, leaving Nawaz, Hussain Umid Ali and Chris Edwards to fill the void. Nawaz battled to the front and took the chequered flag, just 0.202 seconds clear of Ali.
Maz got even better for Race Two, going from pole to victory with ease, crossing the finish line almost three seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Karim Al Azhari.
With two heat victories and grabbing the full 80 points available, Maz Nawaz was the clear winner on the night. The victory was his second in the last three rounds. Hussain Umid Ali claimed second-place on 69 points and Karim Al Azhari secured third with 66 points.
In the Master category, for drivers 35 years or older, the mighty Atef Al Barwani was missing from line-up, which gave the rest of the Masters field a rare shot at the big prize.
Andrew Vieira stepped up with a pair of class wins, earned 35 points and seized top honours. Daniel Becker was second on the podium with 29 points and Jonny Sampson took third-place on 25 points.
SWS Junior Cup: Hat-trick for Patrick
Patrick Debattista rattled off six victories in the first half of this year, but in May that streak ground to a halt and his rivals edged him out over the next four rounds. Patrick came storming back on Monday night, ending his victory drought with a masterclass demolition of the rest of the field.
Debattista made up for past transgressions with a flawless performance which started in qualifying with a top lap time of 1:18.427 to earn pole. Zacharee Grad was the only other driver close to that time, and he was still half a second off the leader’s pace.
The situation only improved for Debattista, who never looked back over the course of two heats, strolling to victory by 6.527 seconds over Adam Ben Hadj in Race One, and then by 8.087 seconds over Federico Al Rifai in Race Two.
Patrick Debattista was perfect on the night and took all 80 points available for first-place. Federico Al Rifai had to settle for 69 points and the second step on the podium. Dara Stankova claimed third with 63 points.
Afterwards Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “Congratulations to Patrick and Maz; these veteran racers flexed their muscles tonight and put on a brilliant show. Also well done to Andrew, who earned his first Masters victory of the year.”
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: CK Designs