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19-member Oman team for MENA Nations Cup

4 Nov 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Shivali Sinha and Noof al Wahaibi are the only girls in the hosts’ squad

Defending overall champions and hosts Oman have picked a strong 19-member team for the forthcoming MENA Karting Nations Cup 2021, which will be held at the Oman Automobile Association’s Muscat Speedway, from November 16-20.

This is the second time in a row that Oman Automobile Association (OAA) will be  

hosting the regional go-karting championship, which was launched in Muscat last year.

Over 200 racers from 19 countries – Libya, Lebanon, Cyprus, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine, Morocco, Turkey and Oman – will showcase their talent in the five-day championship. 

Events will be held in eight categories including six classes in MENA Rotax Max Challenge (RMC), MENA Elite Endurance (Round One), MENA Elite Sprint 2 (Round One) classes.

Oman’s team includes former top go-karting international racer and now rally driver Abdullah al Rawahi. Rawahi recently 

competed in the Oman National Rally. The team also includes two girls – Shivali Sinha and Noof al Wahaibi – who will be competing in RMC mini max and senior max classes respectively.

Shivali is an Salalah-based 11-year-old Indian girl and has been competing at various events for the past four years while Noof is a 23-year-old go-karting local racer.

Brigadier (retd) Salim al Maskari, OAA chairman, said, “It is a proud moment to host the second edition of the MENA Nations Cup. We, at the OAA, are committed to promoting 

motorsports and the MENA Karting Nations Cup Championship is a major event for the young generation in the region. Our dedicated team at the OAA have managed to make all arrangements for another edition of the championship in Muscat.”

On November 16, drivers will get their registration done as kart raffle draw for the championship will be held. 

Two practice race days will follow (Wednesday and Thursday) with the official welcome ceremony  scheduled on November 18.

The timed qualifying and three qualifying heat races will be held on November 19. The 

pre-final and final are scheduled the next day.

In RMC, competitions will be held in micro max, mini max, junior max, senior max, DD2 and DD2 Master, covering all age ranges from eight years and above.

Round One Elite Endurance will be a team event for the two-hour endurance race for the drivers with the minimum age of 15 years.  Round One Elite Sprint is an individual event for the drivers having a minimum age of 15 years. The longest final race will determine the overall Elite Sprint rankings.

The drivers in all categories will contribute to their Nations Cup or country’s ranking points based on their performance.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) karting championship is a major series for the young and upcoming drivers under the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the world body for motorsports. The inaugural edition of MENA Nations Cup was hosted by OAA from February 10 to 14, 2020.

The MENA Nations Cup is supported by the FIA Sport Grant Programme that enables any MENA country with suitable facilities and minimal annual investment to host the regional karting contest.

Oman squad: Shivali Sinha, Noof al Wahaibi,Adam Awan, Zak Sowerby, Fahad al Rawahi, Pransh Chander, Abdullah al Rawahi, Aymen Macki, Waleed al Manji, Waheeb al Kharusi, Hazza al Shahwarzi, Saleem Abdullatiff, Mohammed al Balushi, Daniel Jones .Endurance team: Faisal al Raisi, Wade’e al Kharusi, Mohammed al Zadjali, Maher al Esry; Sprint: Zakariya al Aufi, Wade’e al Kharusi.

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