The light has started to fade at the Yas Marina Circuit Drag Racing Centre. The day, and the season, are nearly at an end. So far things have gone pretty well this year. You’d bettered your 295.59kph run in the opening round with an amazing 308.16kph run in the second. But now you’re nervous.
That’s understandable. I mean, hurtling down the quarter-mile strip at 300+kph with a concrete barrier just a few feet away would put the shakes up anybody. But no, this is different. Outright series victory is close. Very close. It’s almost yours. The starting lights come on.
Just one more run. Just keep telling yourself that. One more run. No mistakes, and the job is done. The celebrations can begin. More lights. Try not to think of the prize money. The best part of $500,000. No. That might make things worse. Still lights. Stay focused. Don’t get distracted. Still lights. Now!
You’ve jumped it. The red lights were still on, and that’s a penalty for sure. But your run is still good enough for second place, and on aggregate, series honours are yours.
Your name is Sultan Al Zaabi. You’re from Bahrain, you race in the Pro Mod category, and you just won this year’s Yas Marina Pro Drag Racing Series.