Thursday, April 26, 2018

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National Sprint season ends with a bang

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The eighth and final round of the National Racing Championship came to a spectacular finale this weekend as 20 cars and bikes participated in the National Sprints at Bahrain International Circuit.
 
Organised by the Circuit Racing Club, under the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Autocross-like championship which sidelined the Batelco 2000CC Challenge also saw Ahmed Baqer, CRC board member, hint that a surprise would be waiting for its participants at the end of the season.
 
In the A2 category, first place went to Louay Abdul Rahman, whilst Carina Abdul Rahman picked up second place and Ahmed Al Sayed took third. In the B2 category it was Fayez Al Gosaibi who clinched first, as Husam Al Saleh settled for second. The C1 saw Radie Johan take first position. In the C2 category it was Gabriella Wimmer who stole first, as Ebrahim Al Khalifa came in second and James Penland took third. As for the biking groups, the 600 group saw Ali Khalaf pick up first place and Daniel Slabbert come in second. The 1000 group had David Vandenburg finish in first whilst Mike Arora was in second and Max Young pick up third place.
 
The National Sprint Championship came to fruition at Bahrain International Circuit following significant interest from what was previously known as the autocross races which were held back in Awali. With such a prominent motor sport establishment and globally-acclaimed circuit like Bahrain International Circuit available, the choice of venue was confirmed. Any car and bike can participate in the championship which is now in its fourth year and has seen a significant participation from drivers and bikers from Bahrain and across the GCC.
 
Taking place on the inner track, drivers can get behind the steering wheel as they attempt to get the fastest time aboard their car or bike. The competition begins with 30 minutes of free sessions to become familiarised with the track and to perfect their technique as they try to get the fastest lap. Points are awarded as follows: 1. 25 points; 2. 20 points; 3. 17 points; 4. 13 points; 5. 10 points; 6. 7 points; 7. 5 points; 8. 3 points; 9. 2 points; 10. 1 point.
 
Drivers must hold a Class-D Competition license which can be obtained from the Bahrain Motor Federation. Vehicles also need to be prepared to ensure they match the safety criteria to qualify.