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Ali and Amur claim final day’s honours at Oman Automobile Association's Ramadan Motorsports Festival


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Muscat: Ali Al Moosa and Amur Al Habsi claimed top honours in the second round of the Sodi World Series (SWS) Endurance Race and Drift Challenge respectively as curtains came down on the four-week Ramadan Motorsports Festival at the Oman Automobile Association Ground on Friday.

Ali's victory was remarkable as he fought the race all alone, while his opponents fielded multi-member teams for the gruelling race. Al Nimer Tourism-sponsored driver completed 150 laps in three hours. W Brothers - Wadea, Waheeb and Warith - did 149 laps to finish runners-up, edging Al Nimer Tourism -2 (Ahmed Moosa, Mohammed Al Zadjali), who also did 149 laps, by 3.822 seconds.

Amur Al Habsi emerged the star of the drift arena when he clinched the high adrenaline drift challenge, accumulating 107 points from three rounds. Abdulla Al Habsi took the runner-up spot with 105 points while Ali Al Shaihani finished third with 103 points.

On Thursday, Ammar Al Balushi of Oman and Hussain Ummid Ali of the UAE won the spoils in the fourth and final round of the Sodi World Series (SWS) Sprint Race.

Ammar won the nine-lap first race, edging compatriot Warith Al Kharusi by 0.347 seconds at the Muscat Speedway. Starting fifth from the grid, Ammar surged to the top in the third lap itself. He maintained the lead throughout and finished the race in 14 minutes and 12.697 seconds, as against Warith's 14:13.021 seconds. Wadea Al Kharusi finished third, stopping the clock at 14:16.392 seconds.

The 11-lap second race saw neck-and-neck fight among the top three finishers, Hussain, Ali Al Moosa and Ammar, and the lead changed hands at every turn. However, Hussain took the decisive lead in the ninth lap, despite Ali's best efforts to move to top. The last lap turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller with Hussain crossing the finish line in 14:16.924 seconds, a mere 0.072 seconds ahead of Ali (14:16.996). Ammar came third with a time of 14:17.150.

The win helped Hussain finish the SWS Sprint Category in the Ramadan Motorsports Festival with maximum number of titles - four. Ali managed two top podium finishes, while Ammar and Yaqdan Al Rashdi clinched one title apiece.

Bikers steal the show
The Yamaha Bike Show on Thursday drew huge crowd, where members from top Bikers' Clubs in Oman displayed their mean machines at the Drift Arena. A judging panel, comprising Faisal Al Farsi, Faisal Al Zadjali and Sebastien Vincent, evaluated the bikes based on a 10-point criteria.

Muscat Bikers won maximum laurels, emerging the best in Custom Bike (Taher Al Zadjali), Street Fighter Bike (Ahmed Al Qasmi) and Touring Bike (Khatab Al Amri) categories. Roger of Black Eagles won the Classic Bike category, Ayman Al Balushi of GRW took home the honour for best Sports Bike while Haitham Al Habsi won the trophy for best Quad Bike.

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