|After a great competition between 14 senior drivers and 6 Junior drivers going for three days of the first round of the Middle East Karting Cup 2009 held in Sharm El Sheikh-Egypt at Ghibli Raceway international Karting Track.. Italian Senior Driver/ Peiro De Marchi won the senior category after a tough competition with the Egyptian fox / Tarek Khedr, while Libyan Junior driver / Hassan Soufrakis won in his category.|
At the beginning of the seniors pre-final Tarek and Peiro were competing hardly on Lap timing while other spectators were totally behind, they were leaded by Egyptian Ahmed Ghanem followed by Mauro Patterni and Mohamed Hamada, this ( Battle ) ended with reaching peiro first to grade followed by tarek in second position and Ghanem in third position. On the other hand Juniors pre-finals ended as expected with ideal grade, as Hassan Soufrakis came in the first position followed with Yazan Hamada and Dino Tatanaki.
In the final Seniors race with 25 laps (more than 33 km), Italian Marche de Peru within the won the title of the first round of the championship after fierce competition with Egyptian / Tarek Khedr, who lost his leading position in the last two rounds , achieving the best lap time of 1:01.984 min. while Tarek timing was 1:02.077 min., third-place went to Egyptian (master) driver / Ahmed Ghanem with a best lap time 1:03.168 min.
20 laps for the Juniors final race , Libyan / Hassan Soufrakis claimed the title of the first round improving himself since the first day of the championships scoring a time of 1:03.556 min. followed by the Syrian Junior / Yazan Hamadah with a Time of 1:03.639 min. for the best lap, and Libyan Salah El din Tatanaki in third position.
At the end of the Round 1 of the Championship a final press conference at Grand Azoure – Tropicana Hotels and Resorts group, the main sponsor of the championship was attended by representatives of officials whom supported of the Championship (Egyptian Automobile and touring Club, the Egyptian Federation of Motor Sports, the Egyptian Tourism Authority and of course, the organizer of the event Ghibli Raceway), As well as the presence of all the contestants and winners of the Round and also representatives of the sponsors of course.
Every one spoke About his happiness of the championship and about his hopes for the rest rounds, while members of Egyptain / Libyan National Karting Team and their manager - Engineer / Ziad Abu Eitta spoke about Ghibli Raceway's support and they thanked Mr. / Hany Soufrakis - Chairman of the Board for his sponsorship and co-organization of his Ghibli team and the race as well.
Hany Soufrakis Expressed his hopes for the coming rounds of MEKC '09 in exceeding the number of participating countries starting by the second and third round in United Arab of Emirates next March 2009, especially with the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, and Iran as well .
Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters identities of the championship, led by Tropicana hotels and resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh, which also hosted the championship all participants , guests ,Drivers and representatives of the organization committee. same thing done by Egypt Air - the official carrier of the championship -- As well as by the Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority.
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