Steve Jackson powered Bahrain1Racing to a resounding victory in the Pro Mod category to highlight a thrilling opening round in the 2016/2017 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship.
The multi-titled American racer was making his highly anticipated debut in the national meeting, which concluded in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) world-class quarter-mile drag strip.
Jackson defeated Kuwaiti Bader Korshid in the final to claim first place in the ultra-competitive Pro Mod class. He had a blistering run of 3.824 seconds with a speed of 314.86kph in his Camaro while Korshid could only manage a 5.247s time after having car issues.
Jackson attributed his unexpected victory to the work ethic of his crew on Bahrain1Racing and their approach to the season, which they barely had time to get ready for.
“I’ve been racing cars a long time and there’s a lot of times in racing where you feel like you’re behind the eight ball; we got here and we put this deal together really quickly so we had a lot of adversity in the beginning,”
explained Jackson, who is more popularly known in the drag racing world as ‘Stevie Fast’.
“But everybody on this team pulled together; everyone had a common goal, and it wasn’t even to win this first round, it was to do things properly, have sportsmanship and do the best we could so we could set ourselves up to do better over the course of the season.
“There are a lot of ways you can look at adversity; I look at it as an opportunity for greatness. So when our crew and I were told to just relax and have fun, that’s when it really fell together. We quit going out there and trying to outrun the other cars and we started racing our car.
“So, the feeling is as good as it gets in racing. Being in the winner’s circle with all the fans cheering you on, knowing that you’re representing them and their passion behind it, it’s an awesome win. I’m very glad we came to Bahrain to do this.”
Jackson is just one of several legend ary names in drag racing who are a part of the new season’s Pro Mod field, and he knows that winning in the first round doesn’t guarantee anything as the season goes on.
“It was definitely there,”
Jackson said of the high level of competition in the season-opener.
“When you look at some of the times people were running, it’s not as fast as people will get. And by the next race, everyone will step it up. We will try to step up with them.”
White and Lizzy Musi were both unlucky on Race Day as they both were unable to get the best out of their respective cars.
“It’s nothing to hang our heads about. We got put out in the semis, so that’s not a bad day. We’ll make some changes in the next few weeks and get a few things refined. We’re very close to where we want to be.”
Commented Lizzy, who has made history as the first-ever lady driver in the Pro Mod class in the Bahrain championship:
“The car used to go down the track with no problems. Hopefully we can do some testing and see what this car wants.”
OTHER FINALS RESULTS
Outlaw 6-Cylinder: Gary White beat Yousif Al Zayani
Super Street V8: Khaled Mohammed beat Turki Al Humedi
Street 4 and 6: Mohammed Al Jalahma beat Jamil Ebrahim Hilal
Outlaw Front-Wheel-Drive: Zakaria Al Kohajee beat Mohamed Mubarak
Super Street 6-Cylinder: Hamad Al Murbati beat Nawaf Ahmed
Street V8Z: Mohamed Sulyman beat Salah Salahuddin
Competition 4.5: Mohamed Busayloom beat Hisham Al Mullaaa
Outlaw 10.5: Duaij Al Fahad Al Sabah beat Yousuf Mohamm
Index 10.50: Suliman Dawood beat Saleh Janahi
Index 9.50: Ali Abdulla Mohammed beat Mohamed Al Dosari
Index 8.50: Hussain Hassan beat Abdulla Ali
Street Bike: Bader Bin Edan beat Masfer Almasfea
Super Street Bike: Mshari Al Turki beat Masfer Almasfer
Pro Bike: Mashal Al Sabor beat Mohamed Al Darwesh
Index Bike 9.50: Mohamed Mater beat Danel Natale