Victory Team move further ahead in Class 1

Dubai-based challengers now 24 points clear in world title series

Dubai’s Victory Team had it all its own way at the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix in Arendal over the weekend.

Fazza 3 won both heats but despite Fazza 1 finishing third on Sunday the pair now head the points table by a wide margin.

The latest design to emerge from the Victory stable, Spirit of Dubai, finished second.

Saturday’s opening race also went to Fazza 3 with Welmax coming second but Fazza 1 could finish no higher than fourth. Sunday was entirely different.

After passing stationary pre-race favourite Welmax on the second lap, Fazza 3 was able to cruise to the finish to complete the 68.12nm race in 43mins 23.23secs at an average speed of 107.59mph.

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Giovanni Carpitella and Giorgio Manuzzi rounded off their impressive weekend with a third podium for Spirit of Dubai, splitting the two Fazza crews to finish in second place.

After missing out on Saturday’s opening race, Fazza 1’s Mohammed Al Marri and Abdullah Al Mehairbi bounced back to take their third podium of the year, finishing third, but first had to survive a scare at the start when the front-end went up in the wake of Relekta.

The win, a 16th for Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi, increases their lead in the championship, putting them 29-points clear of the their team-mates and extends Victory Team’s winning streak to 13 races.

Class 1 now heads to Uddevalla for the Swedish Grand Prix on 6-8 August.

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