Report: Sodi-W-Series race night at the Kartdrome


  • Close racing in SWS Sprint Races for seniors and juniors at the Kartdrome
  • Al Barwani, Azzam, Connor and Alami all winners on the night

Atef Al Barwani and Rami Azzam shared a win each in the Kartdrome Sodi-W-Series (SWS) Sprint races on Monday night (6 April) while Zaid Alami and Alex Connor took home top honours in the the junior category.

In the SWS Seniors category, Al Barwani and Azzam meant business from the moment qualifying started with the latter securing top spot on the grid by a mere four thousandth of a second, and the top ten within a second of the top time which set the scene for close racing on the night.

Race 1 developed into a five way battle between the two fastest qualifiers, with Hussain Umid Ali, Sam Zian and teenage schoolgirl Abigail Birch also in the battle.

The quintet circulated nose to to tail, with the slightest mistake punished. Al Barwani took control with a couple of laps to go with Umid Ali second ahead of Zian, Birch and Azzam.

Maz Nawaz was sixth, after a race long duel with Paul Chatenay, Carsten Winter, Piotr Karykowski and teenager Fraser Rose rounding out the top ten.


It was the usual suspects battling at the front once again in race two, with Azzam recovering well to claim maximum points, by a mere 0.096 of a second over Al Barwani as they crossed the line side-by-side, with Zian third.

Fourth went to Umid Ali who managed to fend off the close attentions of Birch, Nawaz and Winter. Piotr Karykowski was eighth followed by Rose and Mario Herreros in tenth. Lady racer Nadia Khan was 11th in both races.

Earlier in the evening, in the SWS Juniors category, Zaid Alami scored maximum points in the heats, ahead of Alex Connor and Seif Al Naggar, while Connor was untouchable in the Superfinal which he won by a comfortable margin with Kamal Agha in second and Oliver Walton third.

Heat winners on the night were Alex Renner (Heat 1), Alami (Heat 2), Connor (Heat 3) and Al Naggar (Heat 4) with Jakub Fitzsimmons winning the Final.

The next SWS Sprint race evening take place on 20 April at the Kartdrome.

The SWS Series at the Kartdrome uses Sodi RX7 and Sodi LR4 karts.