DUBAI: Costas Papantonis continued unchallenged to the title, taking a double win on the day at the wheel of his Gulf Petrochem SEAT in the NGK Racing Series held at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday.
The penultimate UAE National Race Day of the 2012-2013 season took place at Dubai Autodrome with races for Motorcity UAE Sportbikes, NGK Racing Series and Formula Gulf 1000.
Rupesh Channake in the Lap57 Honda did the business, taking wins in both Class 2 races and keeping his title chances alive for the season finale.
Channake said, “It is good to have the car going strong after the problems we had earlier in the season. It is good to win both races, and of course the target is to win the title again. But there is still some work to do. We will see what happens.”
Chasing hard in both races were Renault Clio duo Alexandros Annivas in the Gulf Petrochem backed car and Ramzi Moutran in the Duel Racing machine. There was nothing to separate the two all day long, as they slugged it out not only for Class 2 points but also for the ‘race within a race’ Clio Cup.
Annivas did his championship ambitions no harm as he won his categories in both races albeit by the smallest margins from Moutran on each occasion. In race one the difference as they crossed the line was 0.201 seconds and in the second race a mere 0.145 seconds was the gap.
“It was a tough day out there. It is getting hotter and hotter, so really we had to work hard and minimize the amount of mistakes. Two wins is good for the us in the championship and with only two races remaining the target is the Clio Cup title. Winning the Class 2 championship would be a bonus,” said Annivas.
The Motorcity UAE Sportbikes delivered some of the best racing on an action packed day, with reigning champion Mahmoud Tannir ending the day a step closer to the title, but by his own admission still a lot of work to do on the final race day of the season next month.