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Raed takes pole spot in qualifying.

BAHRAIN's Raed Raffii took pole position in qualifying session as the WGA Chevrolet Supercars' second round kicked off at Reem International Circuit in Riyadh, yesterday.

The Batelco Racing Team' driver was again in usual form and blazed to clinch pole position in a time of 1:26.811, giving the team a good start during tomorrow's first race.

Saeed Al Moori continued to impress with a second place finish thanks to a best timing on his 13th lap in 1:26.922, while Faisal Raffii settled for third after completing the session with a best of 1:26.970.

With the top three competitors within less than one second of each other, round two is set to be the championship's most competitive round yet.

It was with apprehension that the second round started yesterday with two practice sessions and a qualifying round as the rain lashed track and overcast sky did not bode well for the series.

But the driver line up found blue skies and sun upon their arrival at the desert based circuit.

Headlining the second installation of Speed Weekend, the WGA Chevrolet Supercars is competing alongside the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

The regional cast of competitors had to deal with the effects of two days of downpour, resulting in a track covered in a patchwork of wet and dry sections, playing havoc on their tire set-up.

Thirteen drivers pulled up to the starting line, and even though several mechanical issues hindered several teams, all were able to make full use of the practice sessions and compete during the qualifying round to gain their place on tomorrow's starting grid.

Newcomers to the championship, the Speeding Saddles Team, topped the table with their drivers clinching first and second place during the first practice session.

Saeed Al Muheiri topped the table upon the completion of the first session, with a best time of 1:29.510, achieved after an impressive performance on his eighth lap.

He was followed by surprise entry Tala Al Gaith who missed out on first place by just 0.156, while Al Moori finished in third with a time of 1:30.130.

With the top three slots all filled out by debut drivers, it was an unpredictable start to the WGA Chevrolet Supercars second round.

The second practice session of the day witnessed Al Muheiri once again blister around the track to finish top with a much improved time of 1:27.665.

Raed came in second 0.226 later, and Al Gaith made his presence felt for the second time by clinching third in 1:28.042.

With the newcomers doing particularly well on-track during both practice sessions, it was with anticipation that the qualifying session kicked off.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jan 20, 2011
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