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Talented teenage kart racer Cyrus Engineer confirmed his position as one of motorsport’s hottest young prospects at Al Ain Raceway in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, 14 th April, by winning the final round of the 2011/2012 UAE Rotax Junior Max Championship to become Vice-Champion.

Having marked himself out as one to watch since taking a memorable win on his championship debut last September, also at Al Ain, the Indian-born 13-year-old has been a consistent front-running threat and rounds-out the season with yet more silverware for his rapidly growing trophy cabinet.

Cyrus, younger brother of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup racer Shahaan, headed into Saturday’s Final in determined mood after a difficult Pre-Final where he had to stop midway through when the exhaust baffle on his Rotax Junior Max kart flew off.

Racing impressively to come out on top of the 18-lap Final with victory after a tight, four-way battle, the Dubai-based youngster also managed to post the fastest lap with a superb performance. With just a couple of years’ racing experience under his belt, this has undoubtedly been Cyrus’ strongest campaign yet and he is justly delighted to have ended the 12-round series as Vice-Champion.

“I was extremely focused this weekend with it being the last round of the season, I was determined to give it my very best and try and win”, he said, “The Final was tough and my rivals performed really well – it was one train right up to the chequered flag.

“I want to thank Kieran [Crawley] for giving me a great setup for the Final, it was perfect. Winning the race was great but to have the fastest lap time as well, and be Vice-Champion, is a fantastic way for me to end the season.”

With no racing taking place in the UAE now until September, in order to remain sharp and hone his skills further Cyrus is planning to contest several kart races in Europe over the coming months where schooling commitments at home in Dubai allow.

Kieran Crawley, team principal of renowned UK-based team M Sport which took Matthew Graham to the CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship title in 2011, currently looks after Cyrus’ racing programme in the UAE. Understandably, he was absolutely delighted with performance produced by his teenage protégé this past weekend at Al Ain.

“Cyrus did a fantastic job in the Final, he drove incredibly well and really did prove to us what he’s capable of”, said Crawley, “His pace was fantastic, he made plenty of great passes and was also able to defend perfectly when he got into the lead. I’m returning home to the UK very happy indeed!”

In little over two years, Cyrus Engineer has become a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East karting scene but he has already made his presence felt in Europe and the UK too. Debuting in 2009 at the world-famous Genk Circuit in Belgium, the then 10-year-old claimed a sensational podium finish driving for GKS Lemmens in the Micro-Max class of the Belgian Rotax Championship.

Keen to improve as quickly as possible, Cyrus joined forces with former CIK-FIA World Karting Champion Oliver Oakes for the following season and travelled to the UK where he raced in one of the toughest karting arenas anywhere on the globe.

Racing in Comer Cadets in the Formula One Management and Lewis Hamilton-backed Formula Kart Stars series, Cyrus also competed in the prestigious Super 1 Championship – the career springboard for current Grand Prix stars such as Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta.

At the end of 2010, having returned to the family home in Dubai, Cyrus graduated to the faster Junior Max karting category. Just as he managed on his very first outing in Belgium two years prior, he stood on the podium at his first attempt.

For all the latest information regarding Cyrus Engineer’s racing, please visit www.cyrusengineer.com

Cyrus Engineer13 year old Cyrus Engineer won round five of the AARKC Rotax Junior max UAE championship and round three of the DAMC karting championships which took place at Dubai’s premier karting venue, the Dubai Kartdrome on Friday 20th January 2012 when the season resumed for the new year.

Dubai Tracktalk officials noted – “The Junior Max class is proving to be a hotbed of very close action with at least half a dozen drivers capable of victory, but Cyrus Engineer took top honours in the Final.”

Qualifying 3rd overall – following an extremely close timed practice session in which he missed out on pole position by mere hundredths of a second – the young Zanardi pilot saw his mettle tested with some bad luck during the heats and Pre-Final. Undeterred, the 13-year old remained focused on taking victory by 6 seconds, when it really mattered – in the Final.

Cyrus said of his win, “It was close all day. There was very little between us with many drivers on the pace, but in the end I stuck to my game plan and made all the right moves. I am very happy to win the final.”

Round 6 of the ten round AARKC championship will be held in early February at Al Ain International Raceway, home of the 2011 Rotax Grand finals. Keep up to speed with Cyrus and his karting career at www.cyrusengineer.com