Dubai: With Al Ain Raceway a happy hunting ground, Canada's Pier-Luc Ouellette won his second DD2 category karting world championship on Saturday at the 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. His first win came four years ago when the event was last held in the emirate.
Emerging from a field of 264 drivers from 57 countries, Australia's Jason Pringle and Estonia's Georg Vann came second and third in the showcase 32.6hp, two speed gearbox event for ages 15 and above.
Elsewhere, Japan's Ukyo Sasahara won the Rotax Junior Max 20.4hp event for 13 to 16-year-olds, with Australia's Joseph Mawson and the UK's James Singleton also on the podium.
In the Rotax Senior Max 28.5hp for ages 15 and above the UK's Ben Cooper took the chequered flag from Australia's David Sera and Japan's Hirotaka Sasaki.
In the Rotax DD2 Masters, an event for ages 32 years and above with 32.6hp, two speed gearboxes, South Africa's Cristiano Morgado beat Belgium's Danny Brand and France's Guillaume Berteaux. Australia lifted the Nations Cup, with Canada and South Africa second and third.