Big Mo Doubles in Doha!

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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

Super Streetbike

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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
L BYE
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

Streetbike

Bourashid wasn’t giving anything up to Dawood Al Sharshani in the Streetbike final

Bourashid’s crowded Streetbike winners/championship circle

W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
L 11 SHAHID MUNIR PAKISTAN 61″   .337  6.131 121.04
W 7 BADER BINEIDAN KUWAIT 09 SUZ BUSA – 63″   .120  5.306 138.50
L 9 MISHARI AL-OTAIBI KUWAIT 62″   .151  5.342 135.67
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
L BYE
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

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/L CAR# DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR# DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

Pro Nitrous

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/L CAR# DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR# DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

Pro Modified

Castellana’s Pro Mod joined his PN Camaro in the championship circle

Castellana double fisting in the championship circle

W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
W 3 KHALIL ALANSARI UAE  1.490
L 13 MOHD HUSSIEN KSA 68 PONTIAC
W 10 BADER KHOURSHEED KUWAIT 1968 CAMARO   .078  3.810 197.71
L BYE
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
W 3 KHALIL ALANSARI UAE   .076  4.014 152.69
L BYE
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
W 3 KHALIL ALANSARI UAE   .036  3.881 189.12
L 10 BADER KHOURSHEED KUWAIT 1968 CAMARO   .135  3.812 198.88

Outlaw 10.5

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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
W 8 HUSSAIN AL SHAMMARI KUWAIT 89 FORD MUSTANG  5.798
L BYE
W 19 ABDULLA SHAMSI KSA 99 FORD MUSTANG   .325  5.130 141.71
L
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

4.5 Index season champion Hisham Al-Mulla

Bahrain’s Tariq Hadi scored another 4.5 Index win with his gorgeous Camaro

W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T INDEX ET MPH
W 12 FADI TAMOUR SYRIA   .026 4.50  4.505 149.71
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T INDEX ET MPH
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
L 12 FADI TAMOUR SYRIA   .419 4.50  4.536 155.61
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T INDEX ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
W 17 JASSIM AL MUQAHWI KUWAIT 04 CHEVY CORVETTE  1.580
L BYE
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
L 4 HASSAN YOUSAF QATAR
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
W 4 HASSAN YOUSAF QATAR   .104  4.714 153.39
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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
W 4 HASSAN YOUSAF QATAR   .030  4.728 151.43
L 7 ABDULLAH AL SHATTI KUWAIT 89 FORD MUSTANG   .018  6.459 115.73
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
W 4 HASSAN YOUSAF QATAR  1.814
L 1 STEVE JACKSON USA 92 FORD MUSTANG

Super Street 6

Mohammed Haji smoked the Super Street 6 competition in his GTR

W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
W 15 IBRAHIM SHAHEEN BAHRAIN 72 NISSAN 240Z  1.230 18.516  33.27
L 2 Y AL-ZAYANI
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
L BYE
W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY YR/MAKE/MODEL R/T ET MPH
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

Al-Anabi Dragster

Drag965’s Nasser Al Shatti took the Dragster win and championship

W/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY R/T INDEX ET MPH
W 17 AHMED AL BALOOSHI UAE   .002 4.80  4.881 141.83
L 15 ABDULAZIZ AL-SALEH KUWAIT   .068 4.80  4.820 144.07
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY R/T ET MPH
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/L CAR # DRIVER COUNTRY R/T ET MPH
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.

The Teams
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.

The Classes

Pro Bike

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

Super Streetbike

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.

Streetbike

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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