Baslar and Alsaie triumph to send SWS title battle to thrilling final round at BIKC
Ali Baslar and Khaled Alsaie kept their title hopes alive after winning a race each in the seventh and penultimate round of the 2015/2016 Bahrain Sprint SWS Championship.
Baslar won the meeting’s opening event held around BIKC’s 1.414-kilometre Commission Internationale de Karting track; after which Alsaie powered to a fine victory in race two.
Baslar managed to outpace 17 other karters to claim pole position for race one. He registered a fastest lap of one minute 12.339 seconds during qualifying.
In the first sprint, Baslar charged to the chequered flag in a time of 13 minutes 37.179 seconds. He was just 0.972secs ahead of runner-up Abdulla Buhindi. Alsaie claimed third place 1.387secs behind.
Hussain Hasan was fourth 1.721s back, Ahmed Ebrahim was a distant fifth 7.160s behind, and Tarryn Pods sixth 7.529s from the victor. Craig Wood (+10.211s) and Hussain Alkhateb (+10.893s) rounded out the top eight.
In race two, it was Alsaie’s turn to triumph. He clocked a winning race time of 13:35.097. Buhindi was again a close runner-up, finishing a mere 0.175s behind. Baslar completed the same podium 0.277s adrift.
Ebrahim (+3.065s), Alkhateb (+3.204s), Pods (+3.616s), Anthony Genocchio (+3.862s) and Aabed Faraj (+14.524s) completed the top eight.
What’s next in the championship finale?
The round’s results created a thrilling three-horse race for the season’s SWS crown. Baslar and Alsaie are joined by Buhindi as the remaining contenders. Only nine points separate the trio on the championship standings. Baslar heads into the season finale as the leader with 280 points, while Alsaie follows with 272 and Buhindi is third on 271 points.
All three drivers will be going all out for wins and get a maximum haul of points in their quest to secure the SWS championship.
The SWS championship finale will be held on Friday May 6, during the last round of the 2015/2016 BKSC. It will also feature races in the sixth and final meeting of this year’s Bahrain Rotax Mojo Max Challenge (BRMMC).
Heading into the final round, the BRMMC will have two titles up for the taking, namely the Max/Max Masters crown and the Junior Max trophy. Currently in first place with 103 points is His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa is in second position just three points behind, while Hussain Hasan is third with 56 markers.
In the Junior Max class, Zaid Audih has 140 markers, giving him a big lead over Talal Beshara, who has an outside but still mathematically possible chance of stealing away the crown.
All are welcome to attend the upcoming karting spectacle. Entrance to BIKC is free of charge.