DOHA: Forty-four riders showed their skills and impressed during the first round of the QMA Challenge, hosted by Qatar Motorsports Academy at Losail Circuit Sports Club.
The QMA Challenge is a new championship with four races scheduled during all the 2019-20 season.
All the young riders who are training during the season competed in on-road track races in different categories at the Karting Area - 18 riders in Minimotard 70, 11 riders in MiniGP 110, four riders in Supermotard 125 and six riders in SSP300.
There was an exhibition of technical drills for the public by five beginner riders.
In the Minimotard 70, a Last Chance race was held to find more riders for the final race. British rider Bobby Danvers and Qatari Shaikha al Remaihi finished first and second, respectively, and contested in the Final Race.
American Salman Pathan, who completed the 8 laps with a total time of 6:25.322, emerged the winner in the Minimotard 70 Final Race. Pathan beat Spanish rider Miguel Roda by 0.405s, while the third place went to Italian Agatha Muscolino who was over a second off the winner’s pace.
The MiniGP 110 also had a Last Chance race. Malaysian riders Alya Maisarah and Johaan Ameer Zarfan won the top two spots and qualified for the actual race.
French Nolann Macary, who won the Minimotrard 70 title last season, claimed the 12-lap race, completing it in an impressive time of 8:12.228. Egyptian rider Mahmoud Elbanna finished second, coming home over four seconds adrift the winner. Carlos Baquero was third by five seconds.
The Supermotard 125 did not have any Last Chance race and Italian rider Nicola Muscolino put up a fine show, winning the 12-lap race by over seven seconds when he came home in 8.46:164. Sami Salvaggio from Belgium got the runner-up spot, beating Malaysian Syafiq Bin Zairin by over 18 seconds.
In the 14-lap Supersport 300 race, Qatari rider Hamad al Saouti clocked 8.21:492 and won by over nine seconds. Saad al Harqan, also from Qatar, got the second spot, while French rider Alexian Macary completed the podium.
Trophies were presented by Khalid al Remaihi (LCSC Vice-President and General Manager), Juan Baquero (LCSC CEO), Jose Luis Cardoso (Head of QMA) and QMA coaches Alberto Moncayo, Ruben Herrera, Andrea Sibaja and Mateo Túnez.
The next rounds will be held on April 4 and 18, 2020.