Chevrolet Supercars ME Championship ‘Development Class’ front-runner Ezra Idafar had a problematic home event at Bahrain International Circuit when mechanical troubles caused him to retire from the third and fourth rounds of the season.

Running at the Sakhir track as part of the Kingdom’s inaugural ‘Speed Weekend Bahrain’ event, the latest installment of the Chevrolet Supercars started well for the 17-year-old student. Practice and qualifying on Friday, 11th December, went smoothly with Ezra posting the second fastest time in both sessions to secure a spot on the class front-row of the grid.

Unfortunately, troubles with the clutch on his 6.0-litre Chevrolet Lumina resulted in a disappointing retirement from the first race for the youngest driver in the championship. Once again though, his pace proved to be highly impressive.

Hoping for better luck in round four on Saturday, 12th December, Ezra lined up on the grid second in the SC06 Class – 10th overall – but his chances of remaining in the top three of the Development Class standings were dealt another blow due to more problems with his car, this time with the gears.

“We’re obviously very disappointed not to have finished either of the races or to have scored any points, especially at my home circuit, but I was fast in qualifying again so we are positive about that”, said Ezra, “It’s unlucky we had the mechanical problems but that’s racing!”

Thanks to Ezra’s highly successful outing during the season-opening event in Abu Dhabi last month, he is still inside the top four in the SC06 Development Class Championship Standings even though the Gulf Computer Services-backed driver’s home races didn’t bear fruit in terms of points finishes.

Ezra will not be contesting the next round of the championship at the Reem International Circuit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in early January so his next race action will come at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi over the weekend 5th/6th February 2010.

Provisional 2009 Chevrolet Supercars ME Championship ‘Development Class’ Points:
1st Faisal Raffii, 24pts; 4th Ezra Idafar, 10pts