CG Racing PRO Claim Runners-up 2nd Place Victory at 2017 SWS World Finals
May 29, 2017
Choueiri Group’s “CG Racing PRO” once again featured prominently at this year’s Sodi World Series (SWS) finals, held on May 25 - 27 at the Racing Kart de Cormeilles (RKC), near Paris.
Competing against 40 of the top endurance karting teams in the world, CG Racing PRO entered the 12-hour long finale to defend their World Championship title, which they won in 2016. This victory had served at the time, as a dream come true for the speedy racers. This year marked their fifth overall qualification into the SWS Grand Finals.
With the organizers introducing a pre-race online “FB Upgrid Challenge”, which allowed fans, family and friends to get more involved in the race, by voting online for their favorite team, the CG Racing PRO contingent gained 1140 supporter-clicked votes, vs. 1010 for their closest online opponent, to win the challenge. They were duly awarded 5 upward places on the starting grid during the qualifications round where they came in fourth and were bumped-up to a 1st place start.
From here on, CG Racing PRO fought hard in a challenging neck-to-neck battle with Batelco (Only a marginal gap variation swayed between both teams, until the early hours), as well as an intense battle with PFV, all the way until the end of the race.
The race’s 10 obligatory pit stops over 12 hours in reverse format ensured that kart changes would apply for every pit stop. Each of the CG Racing PRO drivers (David Terrien, Alban Varutti and Piers Pakenham-Walsh) therefore drove for over 2 hours on each stint, making tremendous efforts to edge ahead of the competition. Meanwhile, Rami Azzam, who drove in the Sprint challenge, came in ninth among 80 drivers.
In the end and especially during the last 2 hours of the race, CG Racing PRO fell behind rivals Batelco, who gained a 30 seconds advantage by being lucky enough to acquire the best kart, which ultimately won them the race. CG Racing PRO came in as the runners-up in 2nd place, followed by PFV in third.
Since 2009, the SODIKART group organizes the Sodi World Series, the world reference championship of leisure karting, which allows more than 40,000 drivers from all over the world to compete with each other throughout the year on each of the SWS official partner tracks in more than 50 countries.
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