Sunday, November 19, 2017

CRC Calendar 2017/2018

CRC Testing Friday, October 6, 2017
CRC Round 1 Friday, October 13, 2017
CRC Round 2 Friday, November 3, 2017
CRC Round 3 Friday, December 1, 2017
CRC Round 4 Friday, January 12, 2018
CRC Round 5 Friday, February 2, 2018
CRC Round 6 Friday, March 16, 2018
CRC Round 7 Friday, April 20, 2018
CRC SpareĀ  Friday, May 4, 2018

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NRF 08: Egyptian Hamada to lead the first Lumina CSV race

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Egyptian Ahmed Hamada will be the first on the starting grid in the Lumina CSV Middle East Championship race today, following a top performance during the first stretch of the National Racing Festival 2008 yesterday.
 
During the qualifiers yesterday, Hamada glided straight into first place, whilst Bahraini CSV champ Fahad Al Musalam settled for second place. The fierce competition continued throughout the penultimate round, which was seen as the main event of the festival weekend, as Al Musalam battled to stay ahead of Saudi Al Yaeesh. The final is now set to sideline the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix due on the 4th – 6th April 2008.
 
Fans not only got to see the action kick off on the tarmac but also had the chance to catch a glimpse of the Batelco 2000CC Challenge unravel at the Bahrain International Circuit. And for the first time in BIC history, the drag ‘test and tune’ round took off during the day time where drivers and bikers got the chance to test their cars ready for the second round of the National Drag Racing Championship next month.   

All smiles for Hamada
 
Egyptian driver Ahmed Hamada expressed his delight having clinched first position in the grid line up during the qualifiers with a superb time of 1:18:185 secs, whilst Bahrain Fahad Al Musalam picked up second starting position following a dramatic finish which put him ahead of Abdul Aziz Al Yaeesh. As for Shaikh Hamad bin Isa showed a growing improvement in his championship which put him in fourth place. The Championship’s youngest racer Raed Raffii was nowhere to be seen during the qualifiers as Dutch team mate Jaap Vaandrager took his place instead. The two Argentinean guest drivers who joined the drivers during the fifth race included Franco Cosca and Pablo Rudolf who were seen driving Saudi Fawaz Al Gosaibi’s car. As for the French duo Jacques Levet and Christophe Mariot, the two were seen driving the French team car during the free sessions and the qualifiers.
 
Ahmed Hamada was more than happy to have made it to first position once again, having achieved a similar result the last time he raced in Bahrain in November. He added that a keeping focused could see him stand a good chance of winning the Championship but highlighted that it wouldn’t be easy as he faces fierce competition against Al Yaeesh and Al Musalam.
 


Results following the qualifiers are as follows:
1st Egyptian Ahmed Hamada; 2nd Bahraini Fahad Al Musalam; 3rd Saudi Abdul Aziz Al Yaeesh; 4th Bahraini Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; 5th Australian Tarek Elgammal; 6th Argentineans Franco Cusco and Pablo Rudolf; 7th Dutch Jaap Vaandrager; 8th Saudi Fahad Hizam; 9th Egyptian Raed Charawi; 10th French Christophe Mariot and Jacques Levet; 11th Bahraini Adel Shaji; 12th Austrian Helmut Fleischmann; 13th Saudi Bandar Al Selmi; 14th Saudi Husam Al Saleh; 15th Emirati Marwa Al Eifa.
 
Elgammal shines through
 
Yesterday saw Elgammal excel during the free sessions, surpassing Fahad Al Musalam who finished in second place.
 
Fahad Al Musalam expressed how he would not wait to snatch up more points in the two races today, as he fights to hold onto first place. He added that he would be 100 per cent focused during this race, leaving no room for error. As for Al Yaeesh, he highlighted that the pressure was on and the competition between him and Al Musalam was on. Today is his opportunity to blaze through and pick up maximum points. Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, currently in third, stated that this was a great opportunity to be participating alongside such fierce competition, and added that he looked forward to getting the ahead of Al Musalam and Al Yaeesh who currently lead.
 
Current point standings put Fahad Al Musalam in first with 133 points, Saudi Abdul Aziz Al Yaeesh in second with 114 points, and Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa not far behind with 101 points.