Dubai: The title contenders were beginning to surface at the end of the third round of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) held at the Al Ain Raceway over the weekend.
In the Mini Max, Tehmur Chohan fought past Ivan Berets to win a super-close race. Zachary Robertson coming in second and Berets finishing third ahead of Alain Bauwmans.
Sem Knopjes won again in the Micro Max class, underlining his intention to run away with the title this season even as Yousuf Moola beat Sachio Kekati to second place.
Pasqual Pook claimed a hard-fought victory in Junior Max despite a fuel pump problem as he held off the charge of second-placed Taymour Kermanshahchi and Guilio Peroni.
Ameer Hassan dominated the 125 Max class all day and led in the final the race until the very last lap, when Philippe Valenza’s strong late show saw him go past Hassan.
Mohammad Al Mutawa came home third after holding off the rampant Abdullah Al Rawahi, while Kevin Day was third in the Masters behind Duncan Foster and class winner Walid Al Qasimi.
The DD2 class was a nail-biting spectacle from start to finish with Mohammad Al Daheri taking pole and Oman Karting Team’s Sanad Al Rawahi coming in second.
Jonathan Mowatt was third in the Masters, behind Patrick Jarjour in second and winner Arnaud Bouf.
Piers Pakenham-Walsh and Sam Zian raced each other into the ground with a tense fight for honour in the Honda Challenge and Mo’en Al Sarraj beat local hero Atef Al Barwani to third place.
Georgie Zouein was the fastest Bambino class driver with a best lap of 1:31.602 narrowly beating rival Theo Kekati by three-tenths of a second.
The fourth round will take place at the Al Ain Raceway on December 14.