Eric Febbo gets the win of the fifth round of Qatar Challenge

Eric Febbo driving has won the fifth round of the Qatar Challenge being his first victory at Losail International Circuit. Even Febbo had to start from the back of the grid because of a problem in the garage he managed to overtake all the drivers and won the race. ‘ it was really a great race, I had to start from the back of the grid and worked all my way through from the back and it was my first time I ever had to do that but my lap timing was better than yesterday in the qualifying and I felt very good. The track was amazing with a lot of grip. This is my first time I win in Losail and this is great and very good for the championship’ stated Febbo after winning the race.

The second place was for Tim Stevens who was leading the race during the first half of the race but once Febbo overtook him, he stayed in the second position until the checkered flag. ‘The race was very good and exciting as five drivers were very close for the first position and it was a very close racing.  It was a fantastic race and thanks to QMMF and Toyota for the tyres’ Stevens said after the race.

The leader of the championship, David Walker finished in the third place. David Walker is leading with 95 points and Eric Febbo is second with 87 points. Pavel Nedobity is third with 77 points and Tim Stevens is fourth with 76 points. He said:

It was a great fun and a good battle with the drivers in the first couple of laps, I really enjoyed it and this position is good for me to stay in front in the championship.

Trophies were given by Mohd Saad Al Morraikhi (QMMF General Secretary), Sultan Zaher Al Morraikhi (QMMF Board Member) and Rashid Al Sulaiti (QMMF Public Relations Manager).

The next round will be held on the 23 and 24 May 2014.

QSBK Race Podium Alex CudlinDouble win again for Cudlin in the QSBK

Alex Cudin has won again both races in the fifth round of Qatar Superbike Championship organized yesterday at Losail International Circuit and has increased the lead in the championship by 46 points ahead of Nasser Al Malki. The second and third places were also the same in both races, with Nasser Al Malki in second and Mishal Al Naimi in third place respectively.

Cudlin said:

In the first race, at the beginning I had a problem with the front tyre, it took me five laps to get the good feeling so at the start I was in third place behind Mishal and Nasser but in the lap two I went to second place and watch Nasser for a couple of laps and then I made my pass. Each time, we were in the straight, Nasser passed me but I was faster in the corners so I was able to get away in the corners but in the straight he was closer again, but in the lap ten I pushed really hard and made fast laps, so I created a second lead and from then I can managed and win by 2 seconds gap…But in race 2 , it was Nasser and me from the beginning. I had a really good feeling with the bike but my lap timing wasn’t as faster as yesterday in the qualifying and I was slower in the race, but still faster enough to win the race. This is very good for the championship as I increase the lead so I need to win by races. A big thanks to QMMF for their support and improving really the bike this weekend.’

The second classified in both races, Al Malki, expected a bit more in the second race and get the win, but Cudlin was pushing so hard and wasn’t able to beat him. After race 1, Al Malki said:

The first race It was a nice race, the set up was the same as in the qualifying session and it was very good. It was a nice race with Alex who really was pushing very hard. In the middle of the race I found a lot of traffic and slow riders and I wasn’t able to catch Alex but I am happy for the points as it is good for the championship…But in the race 2 I was expecting to finish in first position as it was easy for me to stay in the front but I was slower in some corners. After ten laps, I wait for Alex to be tired and go faster but in the first corner I missed one gear and I almost crashed and Alex managed to make a gap. Next race I will try to be in front and take the win. Thanks to my team Lewhiyra and my sponsors Al Rayyan and Seashore and all my mechanics for their great job.’

Mishal Al Naimi, who finished third in both races, had been struggling all the weekend to find the good set up of his bike and until the race day he didn’t feel good the bike. He said:

I am happy with the podium as I still have some problems to find the right set up in the free and qualifying sessions and until today race I didn’t feel better. In the first race, it was difficult for me to stay in the same rhythm than the front riders and in the second race I was sliding from the rear and had chattering but happy with my lap timing and hope in the next rounds I can make a good set up of the bike from the beginning and be in the front. I want to thank my sponsor Ooredoo and my mechanics.’

The fourth position was for Saeed Al Sulaiti in the first race and in the second race it was for Nina Prinz.

Trophies were given by Mohd Saad Al Morraikhi (QMMF General Secretary), Sultan Zaher Al Morraikhi (QMMF Board Member) and Rashid Al Sulaiti (QMMF Public Relations Manager).

In the standings, Cudlin is leading with 230 points and Al Malki is second with 184 points. The third place is for Mishal Al Naimi with 159 and Nina Prinz is fourth with 126 points.

LARSS Championship PodiumRegarding the Losail Asian Road Racing Series, the Hungarian rider Victoria Kis won both races. She said:

‘I really enjoyed both races and I had a big fight with Shelina all the time. The weather was ok and even the track was a little slippery the races were very good’ Victoria stated after the races.

The American rider Shelina Moreda ended in second place in her category in the first race but couldn’t finished the second one. She said:

The first race it was a good race, I really did a great start and I had a nice battle with Victoria. I managed to take Victoria earlier but once she overtook me, I tried to race harder but it was not possible for me to catch her, but I am very happy with my result.’

As this was the last round of the Losail Asian Road Racing Series, at the end of the second race there was the overall championship podium. The winner of the championship series was the Serbian rider Manca Katrasnik with 147 points in the final standings. After the ceremony, Manca said:

I am very happy with my result and for the season as I didn’t expected to finish it so good. It was worthy all the ups and downs during the season and I hope to come again. A big thanks to QMMF and all team for this amazing opportunity.’

QMMF President and LIC General Manager, Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya, was very happy at the end of the event with the exciting races and the level of the competition. He said:

Our championship is becoming popular because we get riders from a lot of countries. We are encouraged to see a high level of competition among the riders who are fiercely battling for wins. QMMF is providing assistance to riders who seek our support and this is a well-known championship that attracts more competitors every season.’

The next round will be on 23 and 24 May 2014.