UAE motorsport achievers honoured

DUBAI — The Night of Champions, held to honour the 2010/11 motorsport champions, took place at the Courtyard Marriott in Green Community, Dubai on Thursday evening.

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Published: Sun 24 Apr 2011, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

Hosted by Dubai Autodrome chairman Saeed Khalfan and organised by the DAMC (Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club), special guests included FIA Vice President for Sport and ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem who was on hand to present awards to the champions and appreciation awards to Dubai Sport Channel, Dubai Ambulance services, Dubai Airport Customs, DTCM and Dubai Police.

During the course of the evening a special tribute was given in memory of Christophe Hissette and Pascal Grosjean who passed away at the circuit in 2010.

Khalfan said it was a proud moment. “It is always a proud time of the year for UAE motorsport when we award our champions for their great achievements during the course of a season past.

“Tonight we honoured the 2010/2011 UAE national champions for: the Cytech UAE GT Championship, Total UAE Touring Car Championship, UAE Sportbikes Championship, UAE Sportcars Championship, Radical Cup, the various DAMC Karting championships and the SWS Endurance Championship.

“I salute and congratulate not only all the champions, but the support structure that helped them become champions: the engineers, the mechanics, the crews, the marshals, the officials and perhaps most importantly the families — without the efforts from these elements they would not be champions.

“To those who were unable to win a title this year, I say: next season is another season to set the record straight and to challenge those who are here tonight to be awarded. Next year it could be you.”

Champions honoured on the night were Karim Al Azhari (Cytech UAEGT A Driver champion), House of Portier/ TAM (Cytech UAEGT A Team champion), Jon Simmonds (Cytech UAEGT B Driver champion), Alex Renner Motors (Cytech UAEGT A Team champion), Joe Ghanem (Cytech UAEGT C Team champion), GulfSport (Cytech UAEGT C Team champion), Khalid Bin Hader (Total UAE Touring Car Class 1 champion), Umair Khan (Total UAE Touring Car Class 2 champion), Mario Dias (Total UAE Touring Car Class 3 champion) Abdulaziz bin Laden (UAE Sportbike Champion 1000 Class), Jason Burnside (UAE Sportbike Champion 600 Class), Jordan Grogor (UAE Sportscars Group A champion), Jeremy Lester (UAE Sportscars Group B champion), Jordan Grogor (Gulf Radical Cup winner), Thomas Bale (DAMC Karting Champion Cadet Class), Abdullah Al Rawahi (DAMC Karting Champion Junior Max Class), Maurits Knopjes (DAMC Karting Champion Senior Max Class), Paul Walsh (DAMC Karting Champion Max Master Class), Shaikh Khalid Al Nehayan (DAMC Karting Champion DD2 Class), Sam Zian (DAMC SWS Star Cup champion), Rami Azzam (DAMC SWS Master Cup champion), Rami Azzam (DAMC SWS Master Cup champion), Team Batelco (Motorcity Endurance champions), OMD Racing (Motorcity Endurance Corporate champions), Sanad Al Rawahi (Marriott award for Karting Rookie of the Year).

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