Drag racing championship makes an exciting start to the season
The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosted an exciting season opener in the 2021-22 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship and it didn’t take long for the kingdom’s leading drag racing team to make their presence felt. .
Bahrain1 Racing was headlining the highly anticipated meeting with Khaled Al Balooshi who kicked off his title defense in the Pro Mod category with a fantastic victory.
Al Balooshi was one of over 200 competitors from across the Gulf. The event was organized by BIC in cooperation with the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Bahrain Drag Racing Club and the Bahrain Motor Federation.
Al Balooshi propelled the NHRA world champions to the top spot with his Camaro Blower Gen 3. After super-fast times in less than four seconds throughout qualifying and eliminating, the Emirati closed things off with a solid course of 4.265 seconds in its final at a speed of 201.79 km / h. Saad Al Murran was second, while Hani Hussain Ali was third.
The championship includes 13 categories in all for cars and motorcycles. Five of them were won by local talents of the kingdom, including Ali Yousif in the 10.0 Index, Sayed Hussain in the 8.5 Index, Jassim Mohamed Saleh in the Outlaw 4-Cylinder, Faisal Alarab in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder and Hussain. Ali in the Pro 29.5 V8.
Ali Yousif triumphed in the 10.0 Index class with a final run in 10.038s at 208.52km / h, beating Ali Baslar’s time in 10.188s at 211.87km / h. Sadiq Jaffar Ali came third.
Sayed Hussain placed first among the index 8.5 riders with a time of 8.521s at 242.56 km / h in the final to beat Hussain Almahroos, who clocked 8.567s and at 257.23 km / h. Hussain Al Hamad finished third.
In the Outlaw 4-Cylinder category, Jassim Mohamed Saleh triumphed with winning scores of 10.376 s and 206.32 km / h. Habub Ali finished second in 10.496 seconds at 215.57 km / h while Ahmed Alsaai completed the podium.
Faisal Alarab followed suit in the 6-cylinder Outlaw class, where he clocked 4.463-264.72 km / h for the victory. He beat Nawaf Almanai in the final, who clocked 6.031 seconds at 138.48 km / h. Yousif Alzayani came third.
The Bahraini winners list was completed by Hussain Ali in the Pro 29.5 V8. He won the first round of this all-new category with a time of 4.207 seconds at 288.53 km / h in the final, where he beat Mohammed Awadh’s time of 6.426 to 134.39 km / h. Abdulla Waleed Al Hatem came third.
In the other car categories, three Kuwaiti drivers climbed on their respective podiums. Fahad Al Khuwari won the 9.0 Index class with a time of 9.082 s at 232.97 km / h; Sayed Hussain Al Hadad was the winner of the 7.5 Index category with a final run of 7.637s at 293.01 km / h; and Ebrahim Abdulla took first place among the 4.5 Competition competitors with scores of 4.557s at 241.27km / h in his final elimination.
A trio of participants from Saudi Arabia and another from Kuwait won all four categories of motorcycles. In Street Fight Bikes 9.5, Saudi Theeb Al Qahtani was the winner at 9.605 and 245.01 km / h. Fadi Abu Jamus, also of Saudi origin, won the 8.5 Index Bikes category with an elapsed time of 8.571s at 217.31km / h. Mishari Al Turki completed the Saudi treble, winning the Pro Street Bikes class at 4.506s and 266.09kph.
Among the Outlaw Bikes, the Kuwaiti Fahad Alharbi triumphed with a time of 5.230s at 174.35km / h.