Batelco Drag965 Racing powered to a fantastic victory in the third and final round of the 2015/2016 Bahrain SWS Endurance Championship, held over the weekend at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir.
Having triumphed the previous two meetings, Batelco Drag965 Racing lived up to their tag as favourites and claimed the number one spot after overcoming a strong field of international and local teams in the gruelling 24-hour challenge.
The race flagged off at 4pm on Friday afternoon and the chequered flag came down a full day later on Saturday. Action was followed by the podium ceremony.
Pro karter Ramez Azzam spearheaded the Batelco Drag965 Racing team. He shared duties in their RT8 Sodikart with Mohammed Mattar, Piers Walsh and Vincent Fraisse.
Azzam clocked the event’s overall fastest lap of one minute 12.080 seconds.
Their victory made it a clean sweep for Batelco Racing in this year’s Bahrain SWS Endurance Championship.
Taking second place overall was Mahla BRM, featuring Mohamed Faqihi, Khaled Alsaei, Ali Baslar, Abdulla Buhindi and Hussain Hassan.
In third overall was EKT Portugal, whose team comprised of Ruben Conceicao, Bernardo Ferreira, Ruben Costa and Miguel Patricio.
The championship finale featured winners in four different race categories.
To go along with their overall victory, Batelco Drag965 Racing also clinched first place in the Professional Cup.
Taking second place behind them were Zain Dangerous with Duarte Lopes, Andre Cacido, Ali Al Mansoori and Ahmed Ebrahim. In third were Ice Racing, who featured the likes of Ahmed Al Kooheji, Ali Dadi, Mohammed Alwaary, Qamar Saleem and Louis Skalski.
Meanwhile, Mahla BRM sealed the victory in the Nations Cup to make their second appearance on a podium on the day. EKT Portugal were second as they also clinched a double podium. In third were Zain Racing 1, who featured Khalifa Alyaqoobi, Raed Raffii, Khalid Abdulla and Essa Alkooheji.
The final podium of the day was in the Corporate Cup. First place was clinched by BBK Racing; with Faisal Al Shafei, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Nasser Al Alawi, Hamad Mattar, Ahmed Naqi and Khalifa Ghareeb.
Alkomed Racing followed suit to finish as division runners-up. Abdulla Al Kharaan/Bassim Al Alawi, Ahmed Al Alawi, Alex Longden, Neil Harris and Lee Hardwood shared the driving duties. Rounding out the podium finishers were Bell Racing. Their team included Stephane Cohen, Roy Boutagy, Jean-Michel Gebran, Michael Chami, Mureed Nusseir and Aref Yazbek.
All the participating teams battled it out along BIKC’s world-class 1.414-kilometre Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) track. It was the ultimate test of driving skill, perseverance and teamwork.
Teams competed in identical 13-horsepower RT8 Sodikarts, provided for by BIKC – making for an even playing field for all participants.