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Bahrain1’s Al Balooshi makes it two wins in a row in Bahrain Drag Racing Championship at BIC

Bahrain1’s Al Balooshi makes it two wins in a row in Bahrain Drag Racing Championship at BIC

Bahrain1 Racing’s Khaled Al Balooshi maintained his winning ways in the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship after taking first place in the Pro Mod class for the second round of the 2021/2022 season, held last week as part of Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) spectacular National Day celebrations.

“The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” attracted more than 200 of the top drag racers from across the Gulf and beyond to battle it out in 13 competition categories, including nine for cars and four for motorbikes.

The meeting was organised and run by BIC, in cooperation with the Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and Bahrain Drag Racing Club (BDRC).

Behind the wheel of Bahrain1’s Gen 3 Camaro Blower, Al Balooshi powered the NHRA champions to victory with a pass of 3.743 seconds at 319.06mph in the final. It was his second successive triumph of the new campaign, and he beat Hani Hussain Ali, who had a time of 5.003s. Muslem Alqallaf claimed the other podium place.

Meanwhile, three Bahrainis emerged as winners in the meeting. They included Hussain Al Mahroos in the 8.5 Index class, Faisal Al Arab in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder category and Hussain Ali among the Pro 29.5 V8s.

Al Mahroos took the 8.5 Index with an 8.534s run in the final at 257.61mph, defeating opponent Sayed Hussain who had a red light. Abdulla Qassim Alajmi claimed third place.

Al Arab won the Outlaw 6-Cylinder class with a pass of 4.609s at 244.94mph in the final, where Taleb Abdulla Alshehi did not register a time. Nawaf Almannai was third.

In the Pro 29.5 V8 category, Ali had a winning time of 4.007s at 307.21mph, overcoming the 4.965s time of Suliman Alqureshi. Abdulla Waleed Al Hatem rounded off the podium placers.

Elsewhere in the round, six drivers from Kuwait and three from Saudi Arabia were able to take their respective classes.

Amongst the Kuwaitis, Ali Hussain Alqallaf won the 9.0 Index with a time of 9.056s at 232.94mph to beat Faisal Al Ahmed. Hamdan Juma came third. Ahmed Al Saai clinched first place amongst the Outlaw 4-Cylinder competitors with an 8.963s final run at 212.91mph, defeating Mahmood Saleh. Sayad Hussain Al Hadad followed suit in the 7.5 Index class with an elapsed time of 7.698s at 287.58mph to outpace Mohammed Suliman in the final, while Abdulla Al Oqab took the other podium step.

Ebrahim Abdulla won the Competition 4.5 class with a 4.531s mark at 242.49mph, beating Fawaz Karam. Obaid Al Balooshi came away with third place. Shehab Burabaa beat Mohammed Hasan to win the 8.5 Index Bikes category with a time of 8.518s at 253.16mph, while Ali Bahram came third. Mohammed Al Awwad took the Outlaw Bikes win with a 7.989s time at 168.87mph against Bader Al Awwad, while Khalid Al Fowzan finished third.

The winners from Saudi included Ali Alajaji in the 10.0 Index class, where he beat Abdulrahman Asker in the final despite both having break outs. Ali Baslar was ranked third. Fadi Abu Jamus beat Yousef Al Holi to claim the Street Fight Bikes 9.5 win with an elapsed time of 9.597s at 203.51mph, with Waleed Al Badeen completing the top three. Mishari Al Turki won the Pro Street Bikes category with a 4.409s mark at 273.90mph to beat Jehad Al Jamal. Bader Bin Edan took the other podium place in third.

Following all the action, the top three in each class were awarded their respective trophies in their podium ceremonies attended by BIC, BMF and BDRC officials.

The Bahrain Drag Racing Championship will be back in action in the new year with round three, scheduled for 4 to 7 January. The fourth and fifth rounds will then take place on back-to-back weekends from 8 to 11 February and between 15 and 18 February.

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