Judgement Day at Dubai Autodrome

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 by
Jonathan Simmonds leads Khaled Al Mutawaa in the battle for the UAE Touring Car Championship

Jonathan Simmonds leads Khaled Al Mutawaa in the battle for the Touring Car Championship

The UAE’s top racing drivers will gather this weekend for the last race of the season, with two national championships still up for grabs.

Friday’s (April 23) event at is being described as Judgement Day , with titles yet to be decided in the Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship and the GulfSport Radical Cup.

In the touring car, three drivers are still in with a chance of taking the overall title, while the Class One and Class Two titles are also yet to be settled. A win and a second place for DXB Racing’s Jonathan Simmonds at Yas Marina Circuit last weekend puts him in the strongest position for the overall and Class One titles, but House of Portier’s Khaled Al Mutawaa is still in with a shout, despite managing only two third places in Abu Dhabi. The pair, both in SEAT Leon Supercopas, will also have to fend off similar cars of Nadir Zuhour and reigning champion Mohammed Al Owais.

Umair Khan (#37) will be looking to stay ahead of Aslam Moola's Honda Integra in Class Two

Umair Khan (#37) will be looking to stay ahead of Aslam Moola's Honda Integra in Class Two

In Class Two, Umair Khan has the class win all but sealed in his Honda and has an outside chance of the overall title too. He needs to win both of the weekend’s races and for Al Mutawaa and Simmonds to fail to finish. Khan will face competition from the Class Two Hondas of his team mate Omran Al Owais, as well as Aslam Moola, Jason O’Keefe and Spencer Vanderpal.

The Suzuki Swift Cup, which runs within the touring car races, will see Costas Papantonis as the man to beat.

The final round of the GulfSport Radical Cup is about the battle between two AUH Motorsport team mates. Jordan Grogor and Christophe Hissette have dominated the season and the last few rounds have seen Hissette make a remarkable comeback to challenge Grogor down to the final day. Grogor still leads the championship however, and promised to play it safe.

“I am playing the championship game and thus going all out to not make mistakes and keep notching up the results,” the South African said.

Christophe Hissette (#42) has one last chance to catch Jordan Grogor (#43) in the GulfSport Radical Cup

Christophe Hissette (#42) has one last chance to catch Jordan Grogor (#43) in the GulfSport Radical Cup

Hissette’s approach could not be more different. “I have nothing to lose,” the Dubai-based Belgian driver said. “I am a few points behind in the Championship so for me it will be go for it all the way.”

Also in action will be the cars of the UAE GT Championship. Karim Al Azhari has already secured the Class A and overall title in his House of Portier Corvette and will want to round off the season with another win. Trying to stop him will be Andrew Donaldson in the Cytech Porsche, as well as the Abu Dhabi Falcons Porsche of Khaled al Qubaisi and Julian Griffin in the DXB Racing Dodge Viper, as well as Road Hassan and Nigel Moore in their Ginetta.

In Class B, new class champion Paul Denby will once again face Harris Irfan in his privateer Porsche and Frederic Gaillard in the DXB Racing Mitsubishi Evo.

The event will also see action from the UAE Sportbikes. Entry to the public is free. Qualifying starts at 9am on Friday with the first race at 2pm.

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