The recently introduced Extreme Super Lap once again delighted speed trial enthusiasts with its exciting format and a growing number of entrants rocking some of the best cars around. Without a shadow of a doubt, time attack is here to stay!
The second round of the Extreme Super Lap, the region’s first time attack event, reconfirmed the popularity of the concept and brought us an awesome line-up of tuner cars, eager race drivers and a host of broken lap records, including the overall best lap time. Held again at the south configuration of the sublime Yas Marina Circuit, the event enjoyed a surprisingly healthy turnout, despite the scorching heat and uncomfortable humidity, with several new participants registering for what is labeled as the most exciting new race event in the region.
The improved format ensured that all of the formalities were completed on schedule and, following the drivers’ briefing, it was time to go racing. In light of the many novices and first-timers, the practice sessions were extended, enabling everyone to familiarize themselves with the track layout and practice for the timed sessions.
In Street Class – Supercars, it was once again Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum at the wheel of his blisteringly fast Corvette ZR1, who set the fastest time of the day and broke his previous lap record, clocking a very fast 1:07.835, which also happens to be the new Extreme Super Lap overall record.
Second best class time of 1:11.281 was set by Saif Hattawi in a Porsche GT3, followed by Khalid al Qubaisi with 1:12.122.
Sami Al Shaibani steered his EVO 6 to the AWD Class win, recording 1:15.693 with his brother Nabeel in second with a time of 1:19.017.
Finally, Andre Ramdhanny in his bright red Honda S2000 outpaced Ali Darayei to win the Street RWD Class with the best lap time of 1:20. 122.
Super Street was by far the most popular class of the event and one that promises to grow further to become the leading class of the Extreme Super Lap. The SS AWD class was dominated by Basil Daham of Tensai Tuning at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza STI.
Basil clocked the best lap time of 1:14.562, beating Raed Himmo from Bahrain and Michael Heywood of C&P Racing Team in the process.
In SS RWD, Ahmad Obeid stamped his authority and recorded yet another class win in his bright white Cadilac CTS-V prepared by Extreme performance. The time of 1:17.537 was sufficient to keep him atop the class rankings, ahead of an excellent Lotfi Aichour and newcomer Bruno Touma. Salem Tabei claimed another victory in the below 3-litre class at the wheel of his Honda S2000, followed closely by newcomer Adnan Khalil in his Accord.
The Modified Class was once again dominated by Zlatko Mulabegovic at the wheel of the Extreme Performance Evolution X, who set a new class record with the time of 1:11.646. A close second was Saeed Al Mehairi in the Extreme performance Nissan 370Z race car, followed by Faisal Omar in his TCC Honda Civic.
Fadi Bikawi ruled the Super Modified Class in the Tensai Tuning EVO 7 and has come very close to matching the pace set by Sheikh Hasher with an excellent 1:07.888, a new class and personal record at the south configuration of the Yas Marina Circuit. Fadi has the potential to be the next record holder and it is only a matter of time before we see him at the very top of the Extreme Super Lap rankings.
The event was brought to you by Extreme Motorsports, professionally organized and run by the Yas Marina Circuit crew and sanctioned by the Automobile Touring Club of the UAE. The Extreme Super Lap will return after the summer break with a host of new features and an even more exciting format.
More info available on www.extremesuperlap