UAE National Racing: Big weekend for UAE Sportscars and UAE Sportbikes at Dubai Autodrome

UAE National Racing: Big weekend for UAE Sportscars and UAE Sportbikes at Dubai Autodrome

Abdulaziz Binladen will be back in action in the UAE Sportbikes 1000 Class - Image by Darren Rycroft

Jan 25th, Dubai- The first National raceday of 2011 will be the 6th round of racing in the UAE. Various championships share the calender during the season, racing at both Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit, this weekend will be the turn Dubai Autodrome, featuring the Superbikes, Sportcars series and Suzuki Swift Cup races on the National Circuit.

UAE Sportscar action with Jassim Al Shamsi leading the pack at Dubai Autodrome - Image by Darren Rycroft

On any given race weekend the Le Mans style sportscars prototypes are the fastest machines out on track and this time out there is the added challenge of the mini-enduro format which involves pit stops and optional driver changes.

This is a first for Sportscar racing in the UAE, where the customary format has been sprint races, and as a result we are sure to witness a number of interesting new entries and driver pairings on the grid for the two 45 minute enduro races.

The “new” drivers making their debut in the category include the likes of UAE GT regulars Raed Hassan and Jon Simmonds, former UAE Saloon Cars Champion Spencer Vanderpal, Kuwaiti racer Khaled Al Mudaf and teenage karting ace Edward Jones. Also lining up on the grid will be reigning Gulf Radical Cup champion Jordan Grogor and former UAE champion Bassam Kronfli.

In the UAE Sportbikes interest will focus on the return of Saudi ace Abdulaziz Binladen on the BMW  S1000RR who should be the man to beat in the 1000 Class while the 600 Class should once again be a tightly fought affair with several riders battling it out for the top step of the podium.

The Suzuki Swift Cup has fast established itself as the best entry level category of track racing in the UAE with novices taking on the likes of former UAE Touring Car Champion Costas Papantonis. The racing has been of the highest order with nothing to separate the top drivers. Another dosage of non-stop action guaranteed from the pocket rockets.

On Friday qualifying starts at 9am, the first race at 11.30am followed by a break with and resumption of on track action at 13.15pm with the final race scheduled to end around 17.00pm.

On the day there will be three Suzuki Swift Cup races, two UAE Sportbike Championship races and two UAE Sportcars Championship races.

Friday, 28 January: Race Day Schedule

11.30 am           Race 1 Suzuki Swift Cup Race 1 7 Laps

Lunch and Prayers Break

13:15                Racing resumes in the following order:

Race 2 UAE Sports Bike Championship Race 1 12 Laps 30

Race 3 UAE Sportscar Championship – Race 1 45min 60

Race 4 Suzuki Swift Cup Race 2 7 Laps 20

Track Activity 20mins 20

Race 5 UAE Sports Bike Championship Race 2 12 Laps 30

Race 6 Suzuki Swift Cup Race 3 7 Laps 20

Race 7 UAE Sportscar Championship – Race 2 45min 60

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