Total UAE Touring Cars and MotorCity UAE Sportbikes are part of the UAE National Race Day Series 2 bill at Dubai Autodrome this Friday, 21 October for the second round of their respective national championships. If the first round, two weeks ago, is anything to go by, fans can expect exciting racing throughout a large and quality field.
Duel Racing’s Ramzi Moutran is on a high after his double win driving the SEAT in the first round, but he faces a strong challenge from a host of top drivers including former champions Costas Papantonis (Gulf Petrochem SEAT) and Mohammed Al Owais (Emirates Racing Team SEAT), while the pair of Phoenix Motorsport Astras will be out in force with Brian McGinley and Martin Johnson in action. Also more than capable of snatching victory is Nader Zuhour in his SEAT.
Class 2 looks set to be a Honda battleground with several drivers capable of taking top honours. Reigning champion Umair Khan (Lap57 Honda) is targeting the treble, but will have to work hard to beat the likes of Aslam Moola, Spencer Vanderpal, Rupesh Chanaka and the Emirates Racing Team duo of Esa Bin Hadher and Mohammed Bin Ghannam.
The inaugural Clio Cup round, two weeks ago, was a fierce contest between UAE champion Khalid Bin Hadher (Emirates Racing Team Renault) and Alexandros Annivas (Gulf Petrochem Renault) which set the tone for the season, namely: door handle to door handle racing.
Dubai Autodrome Chairman Ali Fardan Al Fardan said, “I was thrilled to witness the opening round of the Total UAE Touring Championship; the quality of the field and the racing was impressive in all three classes: Class 1, Class 2 and the Clio Cup. I predict a very exciting season.”
In the MotorCity UAE Sportbike Championship, the Triumph mounted duo of Alan Boyter and Mahmoud Tannir scored a win apiece in the opening race day and look likely to be the top contenders for this year’s 600 Class championship.
The real story this year has been the influx of new talent into the UAE Sportbikes, with the inaugural Rookie Cup proving to be a hotbed of competition. Going into this second round Chris Morley (Kawasaki) leads the points standings but he faces stiff competition from the likes of Ian Wilcox (Honda), Surya Raja (Yamaha) and Richard Drake (Honda) to name a few.
Ahmed Al Lanjawi returns to the series, after missing the first round, to contest the 1000 Class on his Suzuki and will faces Gernot Dobida (Honda) and Nuwar Al Shaiba (BMW).
“It was also extremely encouraging to see so many rookie riders in the MotorCity UAE Sportbike Championship opening round. Although many of the old guard have left the local scene, we saw a healthy new group make their mark in what promises to be an interesting year ahead for the two wheel brigade. They will be fighting for top honours in the 1000 Class, 600 Class and what is likely to be the tightest contest: the Rookie Cup,” commented Chairman Al Fardan.
Entrance on the day is free to all, with access to the paddock and main grandstand, giving race fans unprecedented access to drivers, teams and cars.
Friday, 21 October - National Race Day Series 2 Timetable
10:10 - 10:40 NGK UAE GT Championship - Qualifying 30min
10:50 - 11:10 MotorCity UAE Sportbike Championship - Qualifying 20min
11:20 - 11:40 TOTAL UAE Touring Car Championship - Qualifying 20min
11:45 Lunch and Prayers Break
13:30 Race 1 TOTAL UAE Touring Car Championship Race 1 - 12 Laps
14:05 Race 2 MotorCity UAE Sportsbike Championship Race 1 - 12 Laps
14:40 Race 3 NGK UAE GT Championship Race - 60min
15:55 Race 4 MotorCity UAE Sportsbike Championship Race 2 - 12 Laps
16:30 Race 5 TOTAL UAE Touring Car Championship Race 2 - 12 Laps