Abu Dhabi: The opening round of the 2014-2015 NGK Racing Series, which took place at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, produced two intriguing races which witnessed McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari battle it out for top honours and close action in the UAE Touring Cars class as well as the Clio Cup race-within-a-race.
Gautam Singhania zooms away
Indian business tycoon Gautam Singhania, in the Dragon Racing Ferrari, won both the races in Abu Dhabi ahead of Fred Fatien in the sister car, and Bashar Mardini taking third place in his Porsche.
In the Touring Car category, it was a good day for the Gulf Petrochem team with Costas Papantonis topping Class 1 in his SEAT in both races, and the Annivas brothers, Alexandros and Constantinos, finishing first and second respectively in the combined UAE Touring Car and Clio Cup class at the wheel of the blue and white Renault Clios.
Gautam Singhania celebrates on the podium
Singhania is a pioneering enthusiast in the Indian motorsport landscape. He is the co-founder of the Super Car Club (SCC), which has launched various activities to promote the popularity of these super machines including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, BMW and Mercedes in India.
He has been organising the Parx Super Car Show for six years now, bringing together numerous super cars from across the country to Mumbai.