THE DoJoMoto Racing trio of Fahad Alkhaled, Santhosh Kumar and Luca Kane Houghton were among the champions crowned in the 2018/2019 Bahrain Karting Sprint Championship (BKSC), which came to an exciting conclusion in the sixth and final round at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) over the weekend.
Alkhaled, Kumar and Houghton were among the five drivers’ title winners in the BKSC’s Bahrain Rotax Max Mojo Challenge (BRMMC), while another came from the Bahrain Sprint Sodi W Series (BSSWS).
They were joined as champions in the BRMMC by Mohammed Mattar of Absolute Racing and Essa Aldossary of ED Racing Team; while Ali Baslar was the winner in the BSSWS.
Alkhaled led a DoJoMoto Racing one-two atop the BRMMCs Junior standings. He won his title with 163 points, just five ahead of teammate Fahad Almuqla. Alkhaled ended his season in style by taking the win in round six, with Almuqla being classified in fourth place. Lewis Smith and Omar Aldereyaan completed the Junior podium for that last race. Aldereyaan was also the third-placer for the season with 118 points.
In the Mini class, Kumar emerged as the new champion after collecting a total of 188 points during his racing campaign. Kumar was able to finish third in his class in a tightly contested final round, in which the top three was separated by less than a second. Xanda Topp claimed first place in the sprint while Matteo Quintarelli followed 0.796s behind for an Absolute Racing one-two. Kumar was third 0.903s back. Quintarelli was the runner-up in the championship with 134 points. Jacob Topp was third on 116.
Houghton completed the BRMMC’s drivers’ champions by winning the Micro class with 209 points. Gracie Rose Grantham of Absolute Racing was second with 175 points, while Houghton’s DoJoMoto teammate Louis Elnabulsi finished third on 144 points.
Houghton and Grantham were also the top two finishers in their season’s final race, with a dramatic 0.001s between them at the finish line. Louis Safa and Tye Mejia, both also of DoJoMoto, were third and fourth respectively.
Speaking of their drivers’ success, DoJoMoto Racing coach and karter Rashid Almuammari said that he was proud of the team’s youngsters for the high level of skill and determination they showed all season. He also thanked the team’s sponsors, namely DHL Express, Sadad Bahrain and Aryan Xtreme Motorsports for their support of their campaign.
Elsewhere in the BRMMC, Mattar claimed his crown in the Max category despite finishing the season with the same points total as Absolute Racing teammate Raed Raffii. Both drivers scored 148 points for the championship, but Mattar secured the title having claimed more race victories than Raffii. Mattar completed the campaign with six race wins, while Raffii had one.
Aldossary was the champion in the Max Master category after finishing the championship with a dominant 181 points.
Aside from the drivers’ champions in the BRMMC, Absolute Racing were able to win the teams title in the Max, Mini and Micro categories. ED Racing Team won in the Max Master class while DoJoMoto Racing triumphed in the Junior category.
In the BSSWS, Baslar clinched his title by a narrow three-point margin. Key to his success was his race victory over the weekend, where he finished ahead of Rashid Almuammari, Mohamed Ameen and chief rival Abdulla Buhindi. That final classification helped Baslar go to 83 points for the championship while Buhindi finished with 80. Almuammari came third overall with 54 points.