Survival of the fittest: Kartdrome Endurance Challenge – Round III
After a long summer break, the 2013 Kartdrome Endurance Challenge is back. Two rounds have already been completed in March and May, and the third of four is going ahead on October 11 and 12.
It’s a spectacular experience to come and witness these brave drivers go toe-to-toe against each other. The challenge, which has been run since 2004, is a mainstay of the UAE motorsport calendar.
It’s been dubbed “extreme racing” – it is as tough as it gets and it requires stamina, concentration, speed, consistency and, most importantly, team work – all this under the duress of intense competition over a 24- or 12-hour period.
At the end there will be a winning team, but in truth, competing with enthusiasm and completing the event is a victory in itself. The objective is to provide new challenges to teams and create a competitive environment for them to race at the highest level.
The emphasis is on attracting a mix of pro, semi-pro and corporate teams to the series. The first round – which was a 12-hour race – was won by CG Racing Pro. They not only took a well-deserved overall race victory with their CG Racing Pro team, but their teams also finished 1-2 in the tightly contested Corporate Class.
In an example of team work and strategy, the team racked up 570 laps by the time the chequered flag dropped on Saturday morning to bring proceedings to an end and by then had amassed a gap of two laps over their closest rivals.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum led the Dubai Falcons to victory in the Dubai Kartdrome 600 Laps, which was the second round of the Kartdrome Endurance Championship.
Up against one of the strongest grids ever assembled for endurance racing at the Motorcity-based karting venue, Dubai Falcons recovered from a mediocre start at 21:00 to take command of the race around midnight and acknowledged the chequered flag at 09:20 the next morning.
Dubai Autodrome general manager Richard Birch summed up the night-day race: “The drivers really enjoyed the switchback track configuration and as a result we saw some close racing throughout the 600 laps.
"Tough conditions at this time of the year make it a huge challenge to race in this type of endurance racing at the Kartdrome. Finishing is victory in itself.”
So now it’s on to Round Three, which is a 700km race at the 1.204km Dubai Kartdrome Outdoor Karting track (Kartdrome) and organisers feel that the very popular ‘reverse switch’ circuit configuration which will be used will generate a lot of interest.
Each team is given a Sodikart single engine 390cc kart, duly prepared by the organisers for endurance races. The fourth and final round will be on December 6 and it will certainly be an enduring experience for all the drivers involved: it’s a 24-hour race.
It’s a great opportunity to see these very skilled drivers show their speed and stamina and witness them up close.
Paul Velasco, communications manager at the Autodrome, says: “We welcome everyone to come along and check out the racing next weekend. The Endurance Championship races always have a vibrant, fun atmosphere, and the spectators go home with a great memory.”
What: Kartdrome Endurance Challenge – Round III
Where: Dubai Autodrome Outdoor Karting
When: October 11 & 12
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