BAHRAIN International Circuit (BIC) crowned its newest group of champions over the weekend after hosting a hugely exciting season-finale in the 2019-2020 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship.
Four of the title winners were also victorious in the year’s fifth and last meeting, which capped another memorable campaign at BIC’s world-class quarter-mile strip - a proud member of the USA-based National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Worldwide Network.
Among those to end their seasons both with their category’s championship and on top of their respective podiums were Bahrainis Hani Ali in the Pro Mod class and Zakariya Alkuwari in the Outlaw Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD), along with Obaid Al Blooshi of the UAE in the Competition 4.5 and Mishari Alturki from Saudi Arabia in the Super Street Bikes.
Three other Bahraini drag racers were crowned champions for the season, including Hussain Abdulrahim Akbar in the Super Street V8 category, Nawaf Al Mannai in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder and Abdulla Aldoseri in the Index 10.5 class.
The list of title winners was rounded up by Kuwaiti Mohammed Suliman in the Pro Street V8, the UAE’s Mohammed Rashid in the Index 9.5, Kuwaiti Adnan Daifallah in the Index 8.5, Kuwaiti Mohammed Alawadh in the Pro Bikes, Saudi Khalid Aldoseri in the Index 8.5 Bikes, and Fadi Abu Jamus from Palestine in the Street Fight Bikes.
The newly crowned champions were honoured in an end-of-season gala and awards ceremony held at BIC the evening after the completion of the final round. Presenting the trophies was BIC chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Each title winner also took home a prestigious Wally. These distinct accolades are given out exclusively to champions in NHRA-sanctioned events around the world.
Meanwhile, four new awards were given out at the ceremony. Yousif Khamiri and Sayed Yousif Faisal claimed the title of Rookies of the Season in cars and bikes sections respectively. Zuheer Khalil Meer was named Crew Chief of the Season while Bapco Motorsports Team took home the Best Team of the Season award.
Champions Hani Ali and Zakariya Alkuwari were two of six Bahraini drivers who defended their home turf in the season-finale. Also climbing to the top of the podium were Yousif Al Zayani in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder, Salah Salahuddin in the Pro Street V8, Hussain Mohammed in the Super Street V8, and Yousif Khamiri in the Index 9.5 category.
There were close to 140 racers competing in the year’s concluding event.
In the Pro Mod category, Ali posted an elapsed time of 3.752s at 323.08kph to defeat Saad Al Muran in their decisive battle. Mohammed Suliman finished third.
Alkuwari clinched the Outlaw FWD class after clocking a pass of 9.215 seconds at 280kph in the final race, where he beat Ahmed Zaman. Ahmed Alsaeei finished third.
Al Zayani followed suit in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder where he had a time of 4.514s at a top speed of 259.09kph. He beat Mohammed Haji in the decisive head-to-head, as new champion Nawaf Al Mannai claimed third place.
In the Pro Street V8, Salahuddin eked out a narrow victory over title-winner Mohammed Suliman after going for a winning run of 7.925s at 223.21kph in the final. Hamad Al Dusari finished third.
Mohammed was the winner in the Super Street V8 after beating Nabeel Al Isa. Abdulla Khadada was third.