Ali Baslar made a winning start to the new national karting season last week. He claimed a resounding victory in round one of the 2016/2017 Bahrain SWS Sprint Championship at BIKC.

Ali Baslar wins the first round Bahrain SWS Spint Championship
Ali Baslar wins the first round Bahrain SWS Spint Championship

Baslar was one of 23 competitors in the meeting. They each raced on identical RT8 390cc karts provided by BIKC.
Baslar took home the honours after winning the event’s Final race, held over a total of 15 laps around BIKC’s 1.414-kilometre Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) Track. He completed the sprint in 18 minutes 27.615 seconds, narrowly defeating runner-up Rashid Almuammari by just 0.210 seconds.

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Mohammed Mattar came in third place while Abdulla Buhindi was fourth. Mattar was classified 6.084 seconds behind the winner and Buhindi finished 6.305s adrift. Rounding out the top eight were Khalied Alsaie, Hussain Hasan, Ahmed Ebrahim and Bader Mubarak. Alsaie completed the race distance 8.054s from first place, Hasan was 8.482s back, Ebrahim finished 9.718s behind and Mubarak was 11.499s adrift.

Earlier in the day, Mattar won the Pre-Final race, held over a total of 11 laps. He finished the event in 13:35.519. Alsaie followed in second place while Buhindi was third.

The result of the Pre-Final determined the start grid for the Final, with the leading eight in reverse order.

Qualifying was led by a battling Alsaie, who clocked a fastest lap of 1:12.810. Baslar was second just 0.037s off the pace, while Mattar was third with a best lap 0.197s slower.

SWS Championship Results:

PosNo.NameDiffGapTotal TimeBest Time
12Ali BASLAR0.210.2118:27.601:12.8
27Rashid ALMUAMMARI6.0845.87418:27.801:13.2
319Mohamed MATTAR6.3050.22118:33.701:12.9
49Abdulla BUHINDI8.0541.74918:33.901:12.7
522Khaled ALSAIE8.4820.42818:35.701:13.5
618Hussain HASAN9.7181.23618:36.101:13.4
716Ahmed EBRAHIM11.4991.78118:37.301:13.6
83Bader MUBARAK21.3469.84718:39.101:13.7
912Hussain LALA21.8710.52518:49.001:14.3
105Vinayak VASUDEV22.4520.58118:49.501:14.1
1110Jithin KUMAR24.0691.61718:50.101:13.5
121Abubaker ALI25.0290.9618:51.701:14.0
1320Paul LECAILLON25.4110.38218:52.601:14.3
1421Hussain ALKHATEB26.1870.77618:53.001:13.7
1511Fuad AHMED29.2543.06718:53.801:14.1
1617Anthony GENOCIHO29.7710.51718:56.901:14.5
176Mikel CALAHOORA30.0650.29418:57.401:14.2
1823Tarryn PODS36.8156.7518:57.701:14.2
1914Gordon SIMMONDS37.3810.56619:04.401:15.1
208Joseph ARMSTRONG39.8862.50519:05.001:14.6
2113Ahmed ALKHAAL41.3961.5119:07.501:15.3
2215Jacob SIBILSKI1 Lap1 Lap19:09.001:15.3
234Louay MALAS17:34.201:14.5

Following the season-opener, round two will be taking place June 23.

BIKC is offering a special deal for all drivers who are registered for the round. To help them prepare for the upcoming action, competitors will be able to buy one arrive-and-drive session and get another for free. This allows the drivers a chance to maximise their time out on the track as they gear up for another meeting of high-octane racing. The offer is valid all through the holy month of Ramadan.

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