The 4th round of the UAE RMC was made all the more interesting with the onset of rain for later phase of the day. The younger drivers avoided the downpours but the senior drivers were all forced to test their mettle in the trickiest of conditions.
In Mini MAX, Zach Robertson took a last gasp win over Alain Bauwmans, who it is fair to say had been looking odds on for a win. Tehmur Chohan was third ahead of Ivan Berets. Micro MAX series leader Sem Knopjes was eliminated on the formation lap which allowed Yusuf Moola to drive to victory ahead of Sachio Kekati and Tara Eichenberger.
Pasqual Pook had dominated the Junior MAX class all day and was leading the final by 5 seconds when an unidentified mechanical defect caused him to slow. Taymour Kermanshahchi went on to win; Pasqual limped home second ahead of Tejas Hirani in third.
The 125 MAX class began in dry conditions but the rain quickly began to fall and the end result was soon to become a lottery. Several drivers briefly led, but after Ameer Hassan fell off the road, Abdullah Al Rawahi demonstrated immaculate poise to slide and slither to victory. Steve Lyall – an accomplished British driver – showed that he was so stranger to such conditions and crossed the line a hard earned second. Duncan Foster, who was nearly wiped out completely on the approach to the line, was third overall, and first in the Masters class.
The DD2 race was delayed as the officials inspected the track conditions, but the race was run at reduced distance. The drivers negotiated the treacherous conditions well, with European racer Xen De Ruwe showcasing his wet-weather prowess. He was kept honest all race-long as Englishman Oliver George set fastest lap after fastest lap. George could only do so much and came home second behind De Ruwe. At the podium presentation George said “If the race was just 2 laps longer I reckon I could have taken the lead. It was superb fun out there, always on a knife edge. I’m happy with today’s result.” Sanad Al Rawahi was third and Arnaud Bouf won the DD2 Masters class.
The Honda Challenge was also run in heavy rain and again the drivers proved their worth in testing conditions. Piers Pakenham-Walsh took the lead from second on the grid and power-slid his way to a crushing win. Alleged “Rain-mesiter” Dan Price came home second ahead of Shah Rashid in third place.
Gerogie Zouien was the fastest Bambino driver ahead of Jamie Day and Theo Kekati.