Dubai Autodrome hosted the first UAE national race day of the 2015 calendar year on Friday, 23 January, with races for NGK Racing Series, UAE Sportsbikes and Formula Gulf 1000. Leon Price in the Dragon Racing Ferrari dominated the NGK Racing Series races, bagging comfortable overall wins in both sprint races on the day.

In Race 1 Kuwaiti lady racer finished second in the Dragon Racing McLaren, and was third overall in Race 2. Costas Papantonis in the Gulf Petrochem SEAT finished was third and second, in Race 1 and Race 2 respectively, which gave him maximum championship points in Class 1. His teammate Alexandros Annivas in the Gulf Petrochem Renault Clio topped Class 2 in both races.

Dubai National3Tejas Hirani had a bittersweet day in Formula Gulf 1000, winning Race 1 but was forced to pull out of Race 2 with technical problems. Ahmed Al Ghanim, who had earlier finished runner-up in the first race, seized the advantage to take top honours in the second race. Masher Bal Hejaila bagged a third in Race 1 and second in Race 2, with Yousuf Al Bader claiming third in the second race.

Flying the Saudi Falcons banner reigning UAE champion Abdulaziz Binladen continued to prevail in the UAE Sportbike Championship aboard his Kawasaki, as he powered to two commanding victories in the premier two wheeler class. Best of the rest was Vladmir Ivanov on his Yamaha, who claimed second spot on the podium in both races ahead of former UAE champion Mahmoud Tannir third on both occasions.

The next race day at Dubai Autodrome takes place on the weekend of 27 and 28 February, with Porsche Cup GT3 Middle East and Radical Middle East Cup added on the race day bill.

Ben Potter

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