Sanad wins second round race in UAE

Oman Karting Team's Sanad al Rawahi was in good touch again at the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Series, winning the 125cc DD2 class title in the second round of the championship that was held at the Al Ain Raceway recently.

Sanad, who finished second in the first round of the 2012-2013 season that concluded last month, came up with a solid performance to beat Maurits Knopjes, Mohammed al Dhaheri, Oliver George and Arnaud Bouf in a close contest.

The race saw the main contenders juggling positions throughout the race, but Sanad held firm to cross the finish line 3.5 seconds ahead of Knopjes, who finished second. Dhaheri came in third a further 0.5 seconds back. 

The win helped Sanad strengthen his overall lead in his class. The 17 year old had to rush back to Muscat the next day for a school exam.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Sanad said, "It is my first season in the DD2 class. I am very lucky to be racing with the best in the class, including Knopjes, George, Dhaheri and Bouf. The race was tough, I tried to stay focussed all day and I was thinking of the finish line only. I am happy with my start this season and I will continue to work hard and stay focussed. I also need to try to strike a balance between my academics and racing career.

Sanad's younger brother, Abdullah al Rawahi, missed a podium finish despite making a good start in the senior Max class.

Alexandre Silanine took his maiden win in the race after he was promoted to first following a collision between the original leaders - Abdullah and Ameer Hassan. Hassan recovered to finish second while Thomas Walker finished third.

The collision took place on lap 13 when Hassan passed Abdullah to reclaim the lead, but the Omani racer fought back in the final corner, which resulted in the two making contact.

Hassan rolled backwards through the barriers, but quickly recovered to finish in second place, but Abdullah took longer to get going and ended up with a No 9 finish.

Abdullah said, "It was a very good race, although I finished ninth. Competition has been tough, but I am happy with my overall progress.

Windy conditions failed to deter a 55-strong contingent of kart racers during the second round contest. Round three will also be held at the Al Ain Raceway on November 16. 

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