Arabian Drag Racing League
event: QRC Round #7
when: February 10-11, 2011
where: Qatar Racing Club, Doha, Qatar
Wild Night at the QRC!
story, video and photos by Tim Hailey
Blazing Pro Extreme Cars, high flying Hayabusas, fantastic saves, record runs, lucky breaks, a threatening sandstorm, and even a pass by the Sheikh—raceday for Round 7 of the Arabian Drag Racing League at the Qatar Racing Club had something to thrill everyone.
Pro Extreme Motorcycle
Mohammed Bourashid took his second win of the season, this time over last week’s winner Matt Smith. Number 1 qualifier Smith caught a huge break in round 1 when his Bagger broke a pushrod at the starting line. Pro Extreme newcomer Nawaf “Spider” Aldossary had only to complete his lap for his first round win but did the only thing that could disqualify him—he crossed the centerline.
Smith didn’t have to do much in the semi either when points leader Terry Schweigert left before the tree was activated. Still, Matt ran a 4.122 low Et of the class. Matt then lost the final to Kuwait’s Bourashid, whose bike was bracket-consistent all night.
Mohammed Al Baddah has had few blemishes on his Super Streetbike record aboard the old Mike Mocney Outlaw bike originally built by Dan Wagner. But the spike tailed GSXR refused to start for the final, giving Round 5 winner Mishari Al-Turki the win in Round 7 aboard his homebuilt, wheelie bar, turbo Hayabusa.
Khalid Aldossary failed to win another Streetbike race, but put on a scary show in the process. His beautiful blue ‘Busa shot up to nearly 12 o’clock, and the competitive Saudi was back in the throttle a little too early. It was the final, after all, but it was the wrong choice and the bike went over, pitching Aldossary into a series of rolls. He sat right up, pitched off his helmet, then walked to the wall. So it was surprising to see—moments later—people waving frantically for the ambulance, and shocking to hear Aldossary’s wails of pain as I got closer to the crash site. It appeared to be a dislocated shoulder. An alarmed Sheikh Khalid sped up to the scene on his Roland Sands sportbike, as he does often when someone might have been hurt at the QRC.
Almost lost in the drama was Kuwaiti Misfer Al Misfer’s first win, and tuner Sadeq Taqi’s first win with a streetbike. And it was impressive too, with Misfer setting both ends of the record on his orange ‘Busa.
Pro Extreme Car
It was a big weekend for Matt Smith, as he also qualified #1 in Pro Extreme Car with his first pass in the .50s, a 3.59 at 211. He was in the other lane in round 1 of eliminations when Mike Stawicki popped the blower and burst his car into flames. Matt then nailed a .004 light on Alex Hossler in the semi, only to leave last to Hossler’s .001. But Smith ran another .59 to advance to the final against Mad Man Frankie Taylor. Smith took the tree before spinning and shaking to the wall. Matt at first was happy just to not have hit anything, then saw the Mad Man’s scoreboard wasn’t lit because Frankie also had to let out further down the track. Matt nailed the throttle to the finishline but it was too late.
Sheikh Khalid donned his firesuit and helmet to make a lap in his own SS Camaro. The car launched hard then shook the tires. The Sheikh drove through it, crossing the finishline with a 4.06 at 194 to the delight of the crowd.
Popular Khalid Al-Balooshi gave Speedtech’s Melissa Smith a big winners circle birthday party, taking the final round win over Burton Auxier despite the runner-up wielding an .008 “Aux” at the tree. Balooshi’s low ET of the event 3.781 erased Auxier’s starting line advantage. Auxier beat #1 qualifier Shannon “Iceman” Jenkins on a holeshot in the semi.
Atlanta race promoter and all-around good guy Mike Hill scored another Outlaw 10.5 win with his Al-Anabi Camaro, this time over Salah Salahodin, who took out #1 qualifier Sultan Al Zaabi in the semi.
Dearborn Dan Millen proved he can win Extreme 10.5 races without a performance advantage from his flat black Mustang. After qualifying #1 with a 3.79, Millen lost a header in his semifinal win over Brian Britt in the semi. Patching that up may have slowed him down in the final, but a killer .004 light gave Millen a huge holeshot win over Pro Extreme winner Frankie Taylor.
UAE’s Khalil Ibrahim’s nitrous Firebird took out the blown Firebird of Sultan Akiah in the Top Sportsman final. It was actually the second straight similar result for the two cars, though last week Khalil’s ‘Bird was in the hands of Moe Atat.
Outlaw 8 Cylinder
The wildest winners circle celebration belonged to the Q80 Kuwait team of Abdulla Al-Shatti, who took the final in his purple Mustang over the silver ‘Stang of Al-Anabi sponsored Ali Al-Marri.
Bahrain’s Saad Al-Murran drove his Pat Musi motored ‘Vette past Kuwait’s Bader Khorshed, whose Willys never left the starting line.
Al Anabi Dragsters
Ellis Vial didn’t let last week’s big Pro Extreme Car explosion and fire keep him down for long. He won Al Anabi Dragster (basically Super Comp cars) when opponent Hussein Mohammed timed out at the tree.
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