Jackson Roars To Pro Mod Victory in Season-Opening Drage Races At BIC
BIC, Sakhir – Steve Jackson powered Bahrain1Racing to a resounding victory in the Pro Mod category to highlight a thrilling opening round in the 2016/2017 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship.
The multi-titled American racer was making his highly anticipated debut in the national meeting, which concluded in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) world-class quarter-mile drag strip.
Jackson defeated Kuwaiti Bader Korshid in the final to claim first place in the ultra-competitive Pro Mod class. He had a blistering run of 3.824 seconds with a speed of 314.86kph in his Camaro while Korshid could only manage a 5.247s time after having car issues.
In their first round elimination runs, Jackson beat countryman Gary White of E Kanoo Racing Team in the semi-finals while Korshid overcame Qatari Mahana Naemi. In the first round of eliminations, Jackson had gotten the better of Bahrain1Racing teammate Khaled Al Belooshi, whereas Korshid defeated popular lady drag racer Lizzy Musi of Al Anabi Racing Team. White had beaten Khalil Al Ansari to go through and Naemi beat Mustafa Al Atat.
Jackson attributed his unexpected victory to the work ethic of his crew on Bahrain1Racing and their approach to the season, which they barely had time to get ready for.
“I’ve been racing cars a long time and there’s a lot of times in racing where you feel like you’re behind the eight ball; we got here and we put this deal together really quickly so we had a lot of adversity in the beginning,” explained Jackson, who is more popularly known in the drag racing world as ‘Stevie Fast’. “But everybody on this team pulled together; everyone had a common goal, and it wasn’t even to win this first round, it was to do things properly, have sportsmanship and do the best we could so we could set ourselves up to do better over the course of the season.
“There are a lot of ways you can look at adversity; I look at it as an opportunity for greatness. So when our crew and I were told to just relax and have fun, that’s when it really fell together. We quit going out there and trying to outrun the other cars and we started racing our car.
“So, the feeling is as good as it gets in racing. Being in the winner’s circle with all the fans cheering you on, knowing that you’re representing them and their passion behind it, it’s an awesome win. I’m very glad we came to Bahrain to do this.”
Jackson is just one of several legendary names in drag racing who are a part of the new season’s Pro Mod field, and he knows that winning in the first round doesn’t guarantee anything as the season goes on.
“It was definitely there,” Jackson said of the high level of competition in the season-opener. “When you look at some of the times people were running, it’s not as fast as people will get. And by the next race, everyone will step it up. We will try to step up with them.”
White and Lizzy Musi were both unlucky on Race Day as they both were unable to get the best out of their respective cars.
White said: “It’s nothing to hang our heads about. We got put out in the semis, so that’s not a bad day. We’ll make some changes in the next few weeks and get a few things refined. We’re very close to where we want to be.”
Commented Lizzy, who has made history as the first-ever lady driver in the Pro Mod class in the Bahrain championship: “The car used to go down the track with no problems. Hopefully we can do some testing and see what this car wants.”
Elsewhere in the first round, White made up for his Pro Mod loss by taking the Outlaw 6-Cylinder class over Yousif Al Zayani; while E Kanoo Racing teammate Khaled Mohammed followed suit with a big win over Turki Al Humedi in the Super Street V8 class.
In the other categories, Mohammed Al Jalahma won the Street 4 and 6 after beating Jamil Ebrahim Hilal; Zakaria Al Kohajee clinched the Outlaw Front-Wheel-Drive victory after beating Mohamed Mubarak; Hamad Al Murbati won the Super Street 6-Cylinder following a final win over Nawaf Ahmed; and Mohamed Sulyman won the Street V8 after beating Salah Salahuddin.
Mohamed Busayloom won the Competition 4.5 category after beating Hisham Al Mulla in the final and Duaij Al Fahad Al Sabah won the Outlaw 10.5 after beating Yousuf Mohammed Al Ali.
Suliman Dawood beat Saleh Janahi in the Index 10.5 class; Ali Abdulla Mohammed defeated Mohamed Al Dosari for first place in the Index 9.5 category; and Hussain Hassan beat Abdulla Ali to win the Index 8.5.
In the four bikes categories, Bader Bin Edan defeated Masfer Almasfer to win the Street Bike class, Mshari Al Turki beat Masfer Almasfer to claim the Super Street Bike, Mashal Al Sabor overcame Mohamed Al Darwesh to win the Pro Bike category, and Mohamed Mater defeated Danel Natale to claim the Index Bike 9.50.
More than 130 participants in the various cars and bikes categories took part in round one. At the end of the action, the winners were presented their respective trophies by BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa alongside officials from the Bahrain Drag Racing Club.
The 2016/2017 season features five rounds. Round two is set from December 20 to 23. Round three will be the first of the new calendar year, set from January 3 to 6. The fourth round follows from February 21 to 23, and then the season finale will take place from February 28 to March 3.
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