National raceday round 5 revs up with new Lumina CSV Championship ME

Published February 22nd, 2007 - 07:14 GMT

The fifth round of the UAE's premier motor racing series, the Dubai Autodrome Motor Sports Club national raceday scheduled for Saturday the 24th of February, will host an additional thrilling racing series, the Bahrain based Lumina CSV Championship ME.

The Lumina CSV Championship ME is the first regional racing series of its kind featuring modified Chevrolet Luminas, powered by mighty 380 bhp engines. Organised by the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), this championship is a result of Chevrolet’s commitment to rev up the motor sports action in the region. The championship is scheduled to tour the racing circuits of Qatar, Bahrain and Dubai.

In addition to the Lumina CSV Championship, the fifth national raceday of the season taking place on the 4.29 km international Circuit of the Dubai Autodrome will also consist of the regular championships, the UAE National Superstock Bike Championship featuring 600cc in-line four-cylinder and 750cc twin-cylinder bikes, the Motorworks GTI Cup featuring 238 bhp track modified VW Golf GTI and the Bartercard Gulf Radical Cup featuring 252 bhp SR3 Radical sports racing cars.

During the 4th round held on Friday, 26th January, Costas Papantonis captured pole position for the fourth time this season, but failed to finish leaving the stage clear for Marits Knopes to win both races after Costas domination of the first three rounds of the championship. However, Costas Papntonis still leads the championship with 68 points followed by Yazan Rijleh in second with 53 points. Third place goes to Mohamad Al Falasi with 35 points.

Halfway through the season, Karim Al Azhari has already accumulated 208 championship points with race wins in every Dubai event and three consecutive double wins in the ten rounds so far of the Bartercard Gulf Radical Cup.

At the last round, the podium was filled by the presence of the two upcoming Emirati drivers along side Al Azhari, staging a great example of the growing potential and progress this competitive race series is showing. GulfSport supported drivers, Mohammed and Omran Al-Owais, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, beating UK drivers Robert Simpson and John Stanley (the 2006 Radical World Cup SR3 Champion). Mohamad Al Owais currently stands second in the Championship with 174 points, followed by Omran Al Owais in third with a total of 154 points.

Andrew Flint on the Suzuki managed to win both races in the last round of the UAE National Superstock Bikes. Abdul Aziz Baker who is currently leading the championship with 135 points was placed second on his Kawazaki after a tight battle with winner Andrew Flint. Johnnie Pienaar is now second in the Championship standings with a cumulative 119 points, while Yamaha Team mate Craig Muirhead is in third with 115 points.

Drivers and riders will get the chance to test their cars and bikes all day on Friday, 23rd February, but the real action will only commence at 9am the following day, 24th February with the free practice. This will be followed by qualifying sessions to determine the grid positions for the races starting at 11:40 pm, with each championship having two races on the schedule. The general public is being invited to watch the spectacle free of charge and enjoy a day of thrilling motor racing action. For more information log on to


About the Dubai Autodrome

Dubai Autodrome is the region's first fully-integrated motorsports facility. The Autodrome is a state-of-the-art complex featuring an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km track, There are six track permutations, with three of them being able to work simultaneously, giving unparalleled options for track users. The complex, part of the Union Properties MotorCity development, includes a Race & Driving School, a CIK-approved Kart track; is ideal for concerts and corporate entertainment. Dubai Autodrome also acts as a social destination and tourist attraction for overseas visitors.


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