Arabian Drag Racing League round 6—The Finals!
when: February 20-21, 2014
where: Qatar Racing Club in Doha, Qatar
story by Tim Hailey, photos courtesy of Khalid Saif Al-Mesalam
MRB’s Mohammed Bourashid won the Streetbike race AND the championship AND…
… Pro Bike at the Arabian Drag Racing League finals in Doha
It’s quite an accomplishment for Mike Castellana and Von Smith to double up wins in similar cars for the well-heeled Al-Anabi team, but for MRB’s Mohammed Bourashid to double on two entirely different motorcycles for Kuwait’s Drag965 team is huge. Bourashid won Pro Bike as Al-Anabi’s Mohammed Al-Darwish flamed out at midtrack, then came back around and took the Streetbike win as well. “Yes, it’s too hard!” Bourashid laughed when asked if he had any trouble adjusting to the two bikes.
This is how much Bourashid gave up to Darwish at the start
Bourashid caught a break in the Pro Bike final when, after giving up the tree, opponent Darwish went up in flames for the second time in two days. But while Darwish’s qualifying flame-out happened through the eyes and didn’t hurt his ET, this time around it blew at mid-track and Bourashid drove around for the win after giving Darwish a .104 to .018 break. “Big thanks to all my crew and sponsors,” said Bourashid. “Timblin Chassis, Mike Thyen Racing, Billy Vose Racing, and Falicon.”
Big TT Jones slapped a round 1 .018 to .090, 4.13 to 4.09 holeshot win on Terry Schweigert
Despite a round I holeshot loss to T.T. Jones, Terry Schweigert secured the Pro Bike championship. “It was awesome to win our second Arabian Championship on our second time over here—so many stories. On this trip I had my highs and lows, but the bike never failed me. I made some mental mistakes. It’s all good though, I’m still happy and having fun. We had so many laughs and being in the chamionship circle with all my Kuwaitie friends, chanting ‘Kuwait, Kuwait’ and in between me yelling ‘Canada!!’
Despite the first round holeshot loss to Jones, Schweigert still won the championship
“I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Khalid Al Bin Hamad Thani, President of Qatar Race Club, for the invite to compete in the ADRL, a first class facility and great staff,” said Schweigert. “Being part of the Q-80 team was a honor, thanks so much to Sheikh Duaij Al Sabah for sponsoring the DTM and Schweigert Team. I truly appreciate your support, and winning the Chamionship for your country of Kuwait was special.
Schweigert hoists his championship trophy with Dan Wagner and Al Lash
“Thanks Dan Wagner—one of my best friends and our tuner and crew chief. Dan tuned us to a record 4.008 at over 175 mph. He is one of the best tuners in the world and without a doubt the hardest working.
“Teaming up with the Kuwaitie “Iceman” Meshal Al saber was sweet, and a lot of fun.
Schweigert’s Q80 teammate Meshal Al saber also lost in E1 when he lit the redeye
“Thanks to my family for your support, my sons and employees for taking care of the farm. My Team—Dan the Man, Kathie Mcgregor, Al Lash, Joe Taranto and Mark. Thanks Walt Timblin.
“I would like to thank my sponsors—Q80, Road End Farms Inc, DTM, Eatmyink, Timblin, World Wide Bearings, Vance and Hines, Lectron, ARC, Robinson Industries, and Schnitz Racing.”
|W||10||MOHD AL DARWISH||QATAR||09 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.113||4.190||168.72|
|L||14||MOHD AL BDAH||KUWAIT||04 SUZUKI GS||.018||6.190||84.45|
|W||11||TT JONES||USA||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.011||4.135||169.70|
|L||9||TERRY SCHWEIGERT||CANADA||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.093||4.091||172.92|
|W||2||MOHD BUORASHID||KUWAIT||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.018||4.117||172.12|
|L||3||MESHAL AL SABER||KUWAIT||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||-.030||4.170||170.58|
|W||1||BILLY VOSE||USA||08 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.078||4.127||171.64|
|L||4||AHMED AL NUKHILAN||KSA||10 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.216||4.148||177.30|
|W||2||MOHD BUORASHID||KUWAIT||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.047||4.106||171.64|
|L||11||TT JONES||USA||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.021||4.154||170.19|
|W||10||MOHD AL DARWISH||QATAR||09 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.009||4.138||170.11|
|L||1||BILLY VOSE||USA||08 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.056||4.093||172.14|
|W||2||MOHD BUORASHID||KUWAIT||12 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.104||4.128||169.85|
|L||10||MOHD AL DARWISH||QATAR||09 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.018||4.256||142.29|
Mishari Alturki lowered the Super Streetbike ET record to 4.33, won the race, and the championship
Misfer Al-Misfer ran a 4.37 on the DME ‘Busa before bowing to Alturki in the final despite a blistering .004 light
Don’t be alarmed by the illusion, that’s not a sword going through Alturki’s head!
|W||2||YAQOUB AL ALI||KUWAIT||09 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.116||4.571||164.41|
|L||6||AHMAD ALHAMAIDAN||KUWAIT||85 SUZUKI GS||.096||9.758||41.44|
|W||16||MISHARI AL OTAIBI||KUWAIT||14 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.115||4.687||153.46|
|L||7||BADER BINEIDAN||KUWAIT||SUZUKI GS||.161||6.648||70.34|
|W||18||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||10 SUZ-BUSA||.121||4.458||178.99|
|L||5||AHMED BIN BELAL||KUWAIT||05 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.138||13.556||24.60|
|W||12||MOHD ALBDAH||KUWAIT||05 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.048||4.502||170.45|
|L||15||KADHIM ABDULLAH||KUWAIT||05 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.078||5.064||148.71|
|W||3||MOHD AL DARWISH||QATAR||03 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.061||4.455||176.35|
|L||17||ABDULLAH AL NAJDI||KUWAIT||SUZ-BUSA||.094||4.769||150.73|
|W||1||MASHARI AL TURKI||KSA||10 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.056||4.362||175.82|
|L||19||JASSIM SAEED||KSA||08 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||–||–||–|
|W||1||MASHARI AL TURKI||KSA||10 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.206||4.338||175.57|
|L||16||MISHARI AL OTAIBI||KUWAIT||14 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.100||4.621||158.76|
|W||18||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||10 SUZ-BUSA||.037||4.408||180.62|
|L||3||MOHD AL DARWISH||QATAR||03 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.006||4.472||176.10|
|W||12||MOHD ALBDAH||KUWAIT||05 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.274||4.585||156.03|
|L||2||YAQOUB AL ALI||KUWAIT||09 SUZUKI HAYABUZA|
|W||18||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||10 SUZ-BUSA||.058||4.377||179.33|
|L||12||MOHD ALBDAH||KUWAIT||05 SUZUKI HAYABUSA||.036||4.494||169.36|
|W||1||MASHARI AL TURKI||KSA||10 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.555||–||–|
|W||1||MASHARI AL TURKI||KSA||10 SUZUKI HAYABUZA||.052||4.356||174.82|
|L||18||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||10 SUZ-BUSA||.004||4.428||183.57|
Bourashid wasn’t giving anything up to Dawood Al Sharshani in the Streetbike final
Bourashid’s crowded Streetbike winners/championship circle
|W||4||KHALED AL FOUZAN||KUWAIT||08 SUZ BUSA – 63″||.192||5.226||136.41|
|L||20||RASHID AL HAJRI||QATAR||08 SUZ. BUSA – 62″||.144||5.352||134.77|
|W||2||IBRAHIM AL JOUFI||KSA||08 SUZUKI BUSA 61″||.125||5.284||139.44|
|L||18||EID AL AJMI||QATAR||.146||5.392||134.63|
|W||12||DAWOOD AL SHARSHANI||QATAR||61″||.136||5.437||132.88|
|L||15||KHALID AL DOSSARY||KSA||07 SUZ BUSA – 61″||.033||5.563||120.02|
|W||21||MOHD BOURASHID||KUWAIT||10 SUZ BUSA – 62″||.262||5.139||141.92|
|W||7||BADER BINEIDAN||KUWAIT||09 SUZ BUSA – 63″||.120||5.306||138.50|
|W||1||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||.172||5.185||138.12|
|L||26||ALI HASAN||KUWAIT||08 SUZ BUSA – 61″||–||–||–|
|W||24||BAY-BAY YARBROUGH||USA||11 SUZ BUSA – 61″||.123||5.401||134.91|
|L||19||MUSA AL BALOOSHI||KUWAIT||08 SUZUKI BUSA 63″||–||–||–|
|W||21||MOHD BOURASHID||KUWAIT||10 SUZ BUSA – 62″||.182||5.157||141.77|
|L||24||BAY-BAY YARBROUGH||USA||11 SUZ BUSA – 61″||.060||5.362||136.06|
|W||12||DAWOOD AL SHARSHANI||QATAR||61″||.084||5.556||131.97|
|L||2||IBRAHIM AL JOUFI||KSA||08 SUZUKI BUSA 61″||.163||5.508||136.12|
|W||7||BADER BINEIDAN||KUWAIT||09 SUZ BUSA – 63″||.154||5.296||138.84|
|L||4||KHALED AL FOUZAN||KUWAIT||08 SUZ BUSA – 63″||.153||5.462||134.73|
|W||1||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||.966||–||–|
|W||21||MOHD BOURASHID||KUWAIT||10 SUZ BUSA – 62″||.103||5.879||107.10|
|L||7||BADER BINEIDAN||KUWAIT||09 SUZ BUSA – 63″||.283||17.657||43.31|
|W||12||DAWOOD AL SHARSHANI||QATAR||61″||.134||5.481||132.56|
|L||1||MISFER AL MISFER||KUWAIT||.089||5.690||106.84|
|W||21||MOHD BOURASHID||KUWAIT||10 SUZ BUSA – 62″||.132||5.264||139.27|
|L||12||DAWOOD AL SHARSHANI||QATAR||61″||.131||5.531||130.66|
Pro Extreme driver Alex Hossler with race win and champion trophies
Pat Musi, Rickie Smith, Howard Moon and others watch Hossler launch his Camaro
|W||2377||VON SMITH||KINGSTON TN||68 CHEVY CAMARO||.009||3.588||211.59|
|L||5||BRANDON SNIDER||USA||63 CHEVY CORVETTE||-.003||3.683||211.33|
|W||1||ALEX HOSSLER||USA||68 CHEVY CAMARO||.047||3.547||215.89|
|L||6||ERIC DILLARD||USA||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.029||5.548||99.57|
|W||1||ALEX HOSSLER||USA||68 CHEVY CAMARO||.028||3.526||216.41|
|L||2377||VON SMITH||KINGSTON TN||68 CHEVY CAMARO||.008||3.575||213.13|
Mike Castellana’s Western Beef Pro Nitrous bad boy won the chapionship….
…but Stevie “Fast” Jackson won the race, and only after…
…Mahana Al-Naemi redlit away a would-be winning 3.74 by -.001
|W||5||MAHANA AL NAEMI||QATAR||12 CHEVY CAMARO||.063||3.760||201.43|
|L||1||MIKE CASTELLANA||USA||12 CHEVY CAMARO||.002||3.823||197.65|
|W||3||STEVIE JACKSON||USA||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.034||3.938||165.74|
|L||6||KHALID MOHAMMED||BAHRAIN||69 CHEV. CAMARO||-.102||3.738||201.61|
|W||3||STEVIE JACKSON||USA||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.019||4.038||178.47|
|L||5||MAHANA AL NAEMI||QATAR||12 CHEVY CAMARO||-.001||3.740||201.61|
Castellana’s Pro Mod joined his PN Camaro in the championship circle
Castellana double fisting in the championship circle
|W||4||EMAD ALJASSIM||KUWAIT||01 CHEVY CAVELIER||.104||4.350||170.60|
|L||9||JAMAL AL JABER||KUWAIT||06 FORD MUSTANG||-.017||5.916||82.62|
|L||13||MOHD HUSSIEN||KSA||68 PONTIAC||–||–||–|
|W||10||BADER KHOURSHEED||KUWAIT||1968 CAMARO||.078||3.810||197.71|
|W||10||BADER KHOURSHEED||KUWAIT||1968 CAMARO||.025||3.839||197.97|
|L||4||EMAD ALJASSIM||KUWAIT||01 CHEVY CAVELIER||.089||3.987||182.77|
|L||10||BADER KHOURSHEED||KUWAIT||1968 CAMARO||.135||3.812||198.88|
Turki Al Humaidi don’t need no stinkin’ fenders to win the Outlaw 10.5 championship
Hussain Al-Shemeri’s badass Outlaw 10.5 Mustang in the QRC winners circle
|W||8||HUSSAIN AL SHAMMARI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||.061||4.299||168.96|
|L||14||ABDULLA WAHAB AL-SALEEM||KUWAIT||06 FORD MUSTANG||.016||6.832||61.86|
|W||9||YOUSAF ALI||UAE||01 PONTIAC||LBTA||–||–|
|L||19||ABDULLA SHAMSI||KSA||99 FORD MUSTANG||–||–||–|
|W||8||HUSSAIN AL SHAMMARI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||5.798||–||–|
|W||19||ABDULLA SHAMSI||KSA||99 FORD MUSTANG||.325||5.130||141.71|
|W||8||HUSSAIN AL SHAMMARI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||.252||4.364||163.85|
|L||19||ABDULLA SHAMSI||KSA||99 FORD MUSTANG||.086||4.669||160.12|
4.5 Index season champion Hisham Al-Mulla
Bahrain’s Tariq Hadi scored another 4.5 Index win with his gorgeous Camaro
|L||3||ALI HUSSAM HAJI||BAHRAIN||.124||4.50||4.505||156.14|
|W||1||TAREQ AL QADEERI||KUWAIT||90 CHEVY BERATTA||1.070||4.50||11.771||59.98|
|L||11||SALMAN AL ERAIER||KUWAIT||96 CHEV. S10||–||–||–||–|
|W||2||TARIQ HADI||BAHRAIN||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.002||4.50||4.531||156.06|
|L||5||MOHAMED SALAMA||BAHRAIN||01 PONTIAC||-.184||4.50||4.513||155.11|
|W||4||HISHAM AL MOLA||KSA||67 CHEVY CAMARO||.068||4.50||4.541||156.41|
|L||7||SALEM AL TEMEEMI||KUWAIT||WILLY’S||–||–||–||–|
|W||2||TARIQ HADI||BAHRAIN||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.029||4.50||4.492||155.40|
|L||1||TAREQ AL QADEERI||KUWAIT||90 CHEVY BERATTA||-.019||4.50||4.500||158.82|
|W||4||HISHAM AL MOLA||KSA||67 CHEVY CAMARO||.037||4.50||4.512||153.40|
|W||2||TARIQ HADI||BAHRAIN||69 CHEVY CAMARO||.133||4.50||4.509||157.85|
|L||4||HISHAM AL MOLA||KSA||67 CHEVY CAMARO||.022||4.50||4.709||148.49|
Super Street 8
Hassan Yousuf hoisting the wheels on the way to a Super Street win
|W||17||JASSIM AL MUQAHWI||KUWAIT||04 CHEVY CORVETTE||1.580|
|W||6||SAAD ALMARAN||BAHRAIN||92 FORD MUSTANG||.103||7.139||67.31|
|L||26||HUSSAIN DADSHAH||UAE||93 FORD MUSTANG|
|W||7||ABDULLAH AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||.176||4.465||187.31|
|L||22||MISHAL A KARIM||BAHRAIN||68 CHEVY CAMARO||.126||5.553||127.58|
|W||21||ABDULLAH AL-SHAMSI||KSA||99 FORD MUSTANG||.069||4.789||155.13|
|L||23||FAISAL AL ESSA||KSA||89 FORD MUSTANG|
|W||11||TALAL OTHMAN||KUWAIT||85 FORD MUSTANG||.265||4.623||165.03|
|L||25||ABDULLAH KHADADAH||KUWAIT||93 FORD MUSTANG||.346||6.524||127.75|
|W||1||STEVE JACKSON||USA||92 FORD MUSTANG||.063||4.476||156.05|
|L||19||MOHD QASSIM||KUWAIT||06 FORD MUSTANG|
|W||24||SULAIMAN AL QURAISHI||KSA||10 CHEVY CAMARO||.662||8.414||57.64|
|W||1||STEVE JACKSON||USA||92 FORD MUSTANG||.052||4.397||181.50|
|L||23||FAISAL AL ESSA||KSA||89 FORD MUSTANG||.301||4.816||151.75|
|L||6||SAAD ALMARAN||BAHRAIN||92 FORD MUSTANG||.048||5.206||116.58|
|W||7||ABDULLAH AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||.433||4.405||188.23|
|L||22||MISHAL A KARIM||BAHRAIN||68 CHEVY CAMARO|
|W||17||JASSIM AL MUQAHWI||KUWAIT||04 CHEVY CORVETTE||.077||4.342||184.27|
|L||25||ABDULLAH KHADADAH||KUWAIT||93 FORD MUSTANG||.081||6.899||68.69|
|W||1||STEVE JACKSON||USA||92 FORD MUSTANG||.052||4.478||158.95|
|L||17||JASSIM AL MUQAHWI||KUWAIT||04 CHEVY CORVETTE||.414||4.325||185.23|
|L||7||ABDULLAH AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||89 FORD MUSTANG||.018||6.459||115.73|
|L||1||STEVE JACKSON||USA||92 FORD MUSTANG||–||–||–|
Super Street 6
Mohammed Haji smoked the Super Street 6 competition in his GTR
|W||15||IBRAHIM SHAHEEN||BAHRAIN||72 NISSAN 240Z||1.230||18.516||33.27|
|W||18||CHAD MORGAN||USA||92 TOYOTA SUPRA||.176||4.646||159.19|
|L||24||TOWAIM AL MENAKHAS||QATAR||.636||6.021||129.10|
|W||7||ALI AL KHENAIZA||BAHRAIN||TOYOTA SUPRA||.118||5.336||128.75|
|L||11||MOHD NAWAR KHALED||93 TOYOTA SUPRA||.354||7.572||59.04|
|W||3||MOHD HAJI||BAHRAIN||92 NISSAN GTR||.960||11.388||67.42|
|W||3||MOHD HAJI||BAHRAIN||92 NISSAN GTR||.240||4.595||167.78|
|L||7||ALI AL KHENAIZA||BAHRAIN||TOYOTA SUPRA||-.070||5.294||125.30|
|W||18||CHAD MORGAN||USA||92 TOYOTA SUPRA||.154||4.695||160.14|
|L||15||IBRAHIM SHAHEEN||BAHRAIN||72 NISSAN 240Z||.307||5.288||134.30|
|W||3||MOHD HAJI||BAHRAIN||92 NISSAN GTR||.092||4.531||170.26|
|L||18||CHAD MORGAN||USA||92 TOYOTA SUPRA||.118||4.613||160.58|
Drag965’s Nasser Al Shatti took the Dragster win and championship
|W||17||AHMED AL BALOOSHI||UAE||.002||4.80||4.881||141.83|
|W||9||NASSER AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||.012||4.80||4.813||143.73|
|L||14||MUBARAK AL MANSOURI||UAE||.069||4.80||4.818||143.96|
|W||2||MOHD AL KAABI||-.008||4.80||4.797||143.72|
|L||4||FAISAL AL MOHD||QATAR||-.011||4.80||4.832||143.23|
|W||13||MAJED AL KUMAITI||UAE||.138||4.80||4.814||142.58|
|L||5||NASSER AL SUWAIDI||QATAR||.141||4.80||4.848||142.43|
|W||9||NASSER AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||-.018||4.80||4.788||143.76|
|L||17||AHMED AL BALOOSHI||UAE||-.040||4.80||5.009||114.14|
|W||13||MAJED AL KUMAITI||UAE||.036||4.80||4.792||144.35|
|L||2||MOHD AL KAABI||-.003||4.80||4.826||142.90|
|W||9||NASSER AL SHATTI||KUWAIT||.198||4.80||4.999||117.56|
|L||13||MAJED AL KUMAITI||UAE||.048||4.80||5.520||105.73|
American race promoters could take some lessons from the QRC about entertaining fans
Another beautiful sunset at the QRC
Vose leads Squirrelly Day in Qatar
Replay of Thursday’s 2 rounds of qualifying at the Qatar Racing Club
Eyes on the prize at 10:00, Mohammed Al-Darwiish stays in the throttle of his Super Streetbike
Billy Vose drove straight to a Pro Bike leading 4.07 after 2 rounds of qualifying
While others wavered and tilted in the wind, Billy Vose drove straight to a Pro Bike leading 4.07 after 2 rounds of qualifying in Qatar. “Bike was acting up and down on power,” Vose said, typically. “Thought it should have run better even with the 60 to 75 percent leakage I’ve been dealing with due to out of round cylinders. I got a new cylinder to put on for tomorrow and while doing so I found why it wasn’t running like it should. The 3 year old crank decided it needed to retire! Put a different bottom end in service with the new cylinder so hopefully it will perform as it should tomorrow.”
“I can tell you it was bad,” agreed Walt Timblin. “Don’t know how it ran a 4.07.”
Mohammed Al-Beddah on DAS supercharged ‘Busa
Did I say squirrelly? Check out this Camaro!
Did I say squirrelly? Blocks ahoy!
Qatar Round 6 Preview!
Click on the image above to download the handy Viewers Guide PDF
The Arabian Drag Racing League Round 6 Finals will run at Qatar Racing Club on February 20-21, and you can watch the webcast LIVE on https://eatmyink.com/. In the meantime enjoy this Viewers Guide brought to you by Schnitz Racing.
Rivalry between these Arab Gulf State drag racing teams is similar to Alabama vs Auburn (or Alabama vs Anybody), Tar Heels vs Blue Devils, Louisville vs Kentucky….you get the idea. This passion is why these teams spend the Big $, and nowhere is the competition more close and intense than it is in the bike classes.
Q80—one of two rival Kuwait-based teams run by sparring Kuwaiti Sheikhs, named (obviously) after the phonetic sounding of “Kuwaiti.”
Drag965—the other rival Kuwait-based team, its name taken from Kuwait’s telephone country code.
Al-Anabi—the Qatar-based team run by Sheikh Khalid “KH” Al-Thani that started it all. Al-Anabi takes it’s name from a derogatory term for Qataris and their national color, meaning literally “The Maroons.” Al-Anabi reclaims this term as a positive one for all Qataris by way of the team’s success.
What we mainly call Pro Mod Bikes, what the (now former, it seems) American Drag Racing League calls Pro Extreme Motorcycle. Although turbos, Hayabusas and V-Twins are allowed in the Arabian League, all bikes this year are nitrous-huffing Suzuki GS-based wheelie bar bikes.
What to watch for: The Traction Twins will be busy spreading oil dry, cleaning up bits of aluminum, and reapplying plenty of PJ1 compound. Terry Schweigert’s 4.008 record will NOT make it through the weekend as all teams go for broke to record the QRC’s first—and then the lowest—3 second pass.
Q80 engines are built and tuned by Dan “The Man” Wagner, AKA DTM. Dan gets big help from Vantine Racing tuner Joe Taranto and Vantine/DTM helping hand Al Lash.
Terry “The Milkman” Schweigert rides a Timblin chassis
Although he doesn’t want to talk about it yet publicly, Canadian dairy farmer Terry Schweigert has the Pro Bike championship fairly well sewn up. With two wins, two runner-ups and a semi, Schweigert’s points lead is uncatchable. He also holds both ends of the record with a 4.008 and 175.94 mph.
Meshal Al-saber rides a Stemper chassis
Fearless Kuwaiti Meshal Al-saber has one win, one runner-up, and so far kept his bike off the wall this year. But if the bike is heading that way and the finishline is still ahead, Meshal will not let out of the throttle.
Drag965 engines are built and tuned by Kuwait’s MRB and American icon Billy Vose, with Mike Thyen helping out. Both Drag965 Pro Bikes are Timblin chassis.
Billy Vose rides a Timblin chassis
How many national championships is it now? Love him or hate him, Billy Vose is one of the top legendary riders in all of motorcycle drag racing and a double-threat as a top-level tuner. But the large Drag965 team has Vose spread thin this year, resulting in only one QRC victory so far. He will be going all-out for the ET record in Round 6. “We’re going to beat Terry to the 3s if we have to blow everything up we have!” said Thyen.
MRB’s Mohammed Bourashid rides a Timblin chassis
The man behind Kuwait speed shop MRB, Bourashid has also been spread thin. Riding a ‘Busa in Streetbike netted Mo a win in that class, but has perhaps kept him out of the Pro Bike final round. Like Vose, Bourashid will be going for broke this weekend.
Al-Anabi’s Pro Bike engines were originally built by Wagner, but were rebuilt as needed and are now tuned by Scott Gray, who has help from TT and Angelia Jones, Baybay Yarbrough and Ronnie Mitchell.
Mohammed Al-Darwish rides a PMFR chassis
Mohammed Al-Darwish’s father is a pearl dealer—the traditional Qatari trade before the discovery of huge natural gas reserves. Mohammed prefers a faster pace than his dad, but is also a quiet, reserved, and almost shy guy. His son YoYo is known by everybody at the QRC. Mohammed has one Pro Bike win this season and also races in Super Streetbike.
TT Jones rides a Timblin chassis
The big man from Alabama and his lovely wife Angelia are much-loved at the QRC. Jones hasn’t seen much in the way of results so far this season, but with the lightweight guys shooting for records, this might be TT’s week to go deep.
The Field: Mohammed Alawad (wrecked twice), Ahmed Al Nukhilan, Naser Al Dosary
A home for vintage MIRock Outlaws and contemporary Pro Street bikes stretched to Outlaw proportions (75 inch wheelbase) and fitted with 7-inch slicks. These are the quickest no-bar bikes on the planet. Running the full quarter mile at Bahrain and Abu-Dhabi, these thoroughbreds are limited to the eighth at the QRC by ADRL rules.
Mishari Alturki is the no-bar bike world record holder
Super Streetbike points leader Mishari Alturki is affiliated with no team. His record setting turbo ‘Busa started it’s competitive life years ago as a cream and crimson Velocity bike that Sean Henson brought to an AMA/Dragbike race at Valdosta. Young Saudi attorney Fahad Al Hamoud bought the bike, stretched it to Super Streetbike rules, and rode lurid wheelies during the 2010-11 QRC season, wrecking once. Now that Fahad is turning the knobs and Mishari’s twisting the throttle, the bike is the quickest in the world. But life on the edge isn’t always consistent, and after dominating the quarter mile season, the pair has visited the QRC winners circle twice out of the five events so far. That’s still enough, along with both ends of the record (4.359 at 175.34mph), to lead points going into this final event.
The Drag965 team purchased the Eric Paquette-built DAS supercharged ‘Busa, ridden in the States by Tony Ficher. Paquette set the bike up for SSB and tuned the first two events.
Yaqoub Alali has Super Streetbike wins on two entirely different bikes
Yaqoub Alali rode the DAS bike the first QRC event while his own bike was finished. Alali is now on his own DME chassis, MRB set-up nitrous ‘Busa, and has shown himself to be a boss rider with wins on both. His reward is second in points and well within striking distance of Alturki going into this final event.
Mohammed Al-Beddah took over the DAS bike when Alali got his nitrous bike ready
Al-Beddah won several races on the old Mike Mocney Outlaw GSXR in the ’10-11 season. And even though he looks like he’s added some pounds since then, Al-Beddah won Round 2 this year on the DAS ‘Busa. He’s third in points despite skipping Round 1 of the season entirely.
Unhappy seeing Drag965 bikes in the SSB winners circle, the Q80 team responded by buying Joey Gladstone’s MIRock/ManCup Pro Street champion DME ‘Busa and shipping it over for the second half of the season. DME tuner Andy Sawyer came along with the bike, and quickly got the bike set up for SSB and up to speed. Sawyer’s DME responsibilities will have him tuning from Winston-Salem for the finals.
Misfer Al-Misfer at speed on the DME ‘Busa
Quiet Kuwaiti fireman Misfer Al-Misfer was lucky enough to get the call to ride the DME bike, and skilled enough to do well with it, coming up short to Alturki in the Round 5 final. The team only has one more chance of achieving their goal of setting the world records, a chore made doubly hard without Sawyer on the ground in Doha this weekend. Al-Misfer has a Streetbike class win to his credit so far this year.
Mohammed Al-Darwish has the old NLR bike still hustlin’
You’ll recognize Darwish’s Super Streetbike ride immediately—it’s Sebastian Domingo’s old ground-breaking NLR side-mount turbo and intercooler ‘Busa. This bike has been though several changes in Qatar, including an embarrassing stretch with wheelie bars. Now set-up proper, and with Ronnie Mitchell’s help, Darwish runner-upped in Round 4. Darwish is fourth in points.
These are short-wheelbase, all-motor, street-tire bikes that are allowed slider clutches and electric shifters. If I’m not mistaken, every bike in the class is a ‘Busa.
MRB’s Bourashid doing double time in Streetbike
Tagged by Drag965 to campaign a Streetbike, MRB’s Bourashid has responded with one win, three runner-ups, both end of the record (5.147 at 142.06 mph), and the points lead.
Bader Ben Edan and the Drag965 team
Kuwaiti Ben Edan won races in ’10-11 and has one win and one runner-up this year. He heads to the final round second in points.
Khaled Al Fouzan (near lane)
Kuwaiti Al Fouzan won Round 1, runner-upped in Round 3, and is third in points
Misfer Al-Misfer with his Streetbike and the Q80 team
Q80 rider Al-Misfer beat Bourashid in the Round 5 final and is fourth in points.
Rashid Al Hajry and the hippest looking team at the track in the QRC winners circle
Qatari Rashid Al Hajry won Round 2 and sits fifth in points.
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