Spain's Battle sweeps int'l buggies race

KUWAIT, Jan 30 (KUNA) — Robert Battle, the 2012 world champion of Spain, has come first on Saturday at the Nitro Class of the open international buggies race, dubbed Camel Classic.
The championship, the first such event in the Middle East, was organized by Kuwait Science Club (KSC) at the track of the Radio Control Car Club of Kuwait (RCCCK) in Zahra Area on January 28-30.
Japan’s duo Atsushi Hara and Kenji Tsuruta won the second and third places, respectively, while Mohammad Al-Hajri and Abdulaziz Mohammad, of Kuwait, came fourth and fifth.
Kenji Osaka, of Japan, came sixth, Kuwait’s duo Ali Bullail and Abdullah Al-Falah – seventh and eighth, respectively, Saudi Arabia’s Thamer Al-Huwairini – ninth, and Kuwait’s Ali Sherazi – 10th.
Speaking to reporters at the closing ceremony, Aws Al-Nisf, head of the organizing committee and treasurer of KSC, said the championship was very exciting since it gathered seven world high-profile racers.
“The event met its previously-set objective which is to provide an opportunity for the Kuwaiti racers to gain experience and prepare them for similar events in the future,” Al-Nisf pointed out.
He noted that the popularly of sport of the remotely-controlled buggy racing is growing in Kuwait and other Gulf states, citing the large number of spectators who attended the events.
Members of the KSC team receive constantly the necessary training which reflected positively on their performance in this championship, he went on.
Al-Nisf voiced hope that Kuwait will be able to host the coming Asian and world championships.
On his part, Ali Al-Jumaa, KSC Assistant Secretary General, said the event was organized in collaboration with the Far East Model Car Association which governs the sport in Asia and Australia.
“The RCCCK track, built seven years ago, is rated as the world’s second best,” he said, noting that the event 35 racers, including the 2012 world champion Battle and the 2014 Asian champion Kenji.
He added that racers included 28 Kuwaitis, including Ali Bullail who ranked seventh at the 2014 Asian championship. (end)