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Azhari takes top honours in TRD 86 Cup
February 02, 2015
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ABU DHABI: Yas Marina Circuit was again in full racing swing this weekend as fans were treated to another closely-fought weekend of racing.

On Friday, Yas Racing Series returned for its second round, featuring three local UAE championships.

The TRD 86 Cup, Yas Marina Circuit’s first ever, single-make championship was back for round two and tensions were running high as 12 UAE-based drivers lined up on the grid to battle it out for a place on the podium over the two races.

Once again, Karim Al Azhari put in a superb performance to claim first place in both TRD 86 Cup races.

Azhari won Race One in 20 minutes and 56.861 seconds, beating Ahmed Al Melaihi by more than 5.738 seconds, who crossed the line in 21 minutes and 02.599 seconds, with Shihab Al Faheem placing third in 21 minutes and 09.079 seconds.

The afternoon’s programme again saw Azhari narrowly triumph in race wwo, with a winning time of 20 mins, and 14.702 seconds, nosing ahead of Tom Verkooijen by a mere 0.971 seconds, and Meisam Taheri who finished 1.199 seconds later to claim third.

Speaking of his TRD 86 Cup round two performance, overall winner, Azhari, said: “I’m very happy to have claimed first place on the podium and I just hope I can continue to perform as well as I did today throughout the competition.

“I had to work really hard to maintain my lead, I could see others creeping up behind me and I just stayed focused and gave it my all.”

Following the weekend’s racing, Azhari remains at the top of the TRD 86 Cup leaderboard overall, with four rounds to go.

In addition to TRD 86 Cup, Yas Racing Series also included the Formula Gulf 1000, the UAE’s national single-seater championship, featuring cars with identical slicks and wings, as well as UAE Time Attack — a highly dynamic race series that sees production-based sports cars compete for the fastest single lap.

Tejas Hirani and Ahmad Al Ghanem took joint honours in the Formula Gulf 1000 championship.
 

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