There was plenty to celebrate for motorsport fans in a spectacular second round in the 2016/2017 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship-Arabian Pro Series, hosted this past weekend by Bahrain International Circuit.
Gary White and Mahana Naemi each set a pair of new World records during qualifying on Thursday, while Mustafa Al Atat took home the top prize in their highly competitive Pro Mod category.
White of Bahrain’s E Kanoo Racing Team set a new import World record with their GT86 car. The American star had a pass of 5.753 seconds at 402kph.
Naemi of Al Anabi Racing Team from Qatar then broke the World record in a Pro Nitrous car with a 3.668s time at 327.69kph.
Despite both achievements, it was Al Atat who was the last man standing as the Pro Mod battles came to a close and the dust settled on a thrilling race day on Friday.
Al Atat climbed to the top podium step after claiming a huge win over Lizzy Musi in the Pro Mod category’s final run. Just over a half-second separated the Al Anabi teammates. Al Atat sealed the victory in 3.730 seconds with a speed of 320.44kph, while Lizzy had a pass of 4.240s at 206.91kph.
Al Atat defeated E Kanoo Racing’s Khaled Mohammed in the semi-finals, while Lizzy joined him in the final after beating Bader Korshid. Others competing but losing out in the quarter-finals were Khalil Al Ansari, Khalid Al Belooshi and round one winner Steve Jackson both of Bahrain1Racing, and Naemi. White did not make it through from qualifying.
Meanwhile, Al Atat came away with a fantastic double after also winning the Outlaw 10.5 class. He had a final run of 3.925s at 312.15kph, beating Yousuf Mohammed Al Ali by just a hundredth of a second. Al Ali was quicker at 316.24kph, but Atat had the better of their reaction times.
E Kanoo Racing Team had twice the reason to celebrate after star drivers Khaled Mohammed and Gary White both made up for their Pro Mod misfortunes with victories in other categories.
Competing in the Super Street V8, Mohammed raced down the strip in 4.111s with a speed of 319.93kph. He beat Turki Al Humedi, who put up a good fight but his 4.157s elapsed time was not enough.
White was triumphant in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder class. He cruised to the win with a final pass of 7.757s at 210.23kph. Opponent Mohammed Zain Alabden did not register a time.
Amongst the round’s other winners were:
- Salah Salahuddin in the Street V8
- Mohammed Al Jalahma in the Street 4 and 6
- Akram Khalil in the Outlaw Front-Wheel-Drive
- Sayed Yahya Sharf in the Super Street 6-Cylinder
- Salem Al Tamimi in the Competition 4.5
- Raeed Ali in the Index 10.5
- Mohammed Jassim in the Index 9.5
- Majed Al Sharshini in the Index 8.5
- Bader bin Edan in the Street Bike
- Mishari Al Turki in the Super Street Bike
- Ahmed Nassir in the Pro Bike
- Fadi Abu Jamus in the Index Bike 9.50