Karting: Preview to Dubai Kartdrome 600 Kilometers Endurance Race this weekend
Dubai, Weds May 15th 2013 – Last time out, in Round 1 of the 2013 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship driven by Mini, CG Racing made history by becoming the first outfit to win both the Pro and Corporate Categories in the same race. This time out they are intent on repeating the feat, but face staunch competition from a host of teams keen to rip up the form book.
CG Racing led by former karting world champion David Terrien and managed by Habib Choueri will be a formidable force in the Dubai Kartdrome 600 Kilometers Endurance race, on the tricky ‘Switchback’ track configuration, with the likes of recently crowned SWS Endurance world champions Alban Varutti and Ramez Azzam on duty for the team.
Terrien said ahead of the weekend, “We expect a big challenge from Dubai Falcons. They have done three 24 hours races in the last month and will be all out to beat us. We in turn want to make up for the showing in France and get back on the top step of the podium.”
Dubai Falcons indeed are the most likely to knock CG Racing off the top perch of the podium, as they are managed by Mike Wilkes and count on the known skills of Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Saeed Al Mehairi and Mohammed Al Mutawaa – the Kartdrome is their home track and few have more experience at the venue than the Emirati trio.
Other Pro teams with top three ambitions and quite capable of mixing it with the front runners include: Dubai 5, Timeless Events Racing and TrackTalk Mediaboltz.
The Corporate Class boasts a big and strong field with CG Racing signaling their intent by entering two teams this season, blatantly targeting a 1-2 on the day. But they are likely to be challenged all the way by the likes of MBC Racing, Team Emirates and ever improving AGMC Mini Racing Team.
Each edition of the Endurance Championship attracts new squads who always start off as unknown quantities. For this round new pro teams include Racing Falcons and Force Racing, with Lukoil Racing Team making their debut in the corporate category.
Action on track, this Friday, starts at 18.50 with one hour of free practice, followed by a 15 minute qualifying session at 19.55, with the race set to be flagged off at 21.00. The 600 kilometers should be completed by the winners in around 12 to 13 hours, with the chequered flag expected to be waved at around 09.15 on Saturday.
Dubai Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch commented, “We expecting another tight contest. Teams contesting our endurance championship did really well in the recent SWS Grand Finals in Paris, Batelco winning the title which shows that the level is very high.”
“The Switchback configuration, conditions and adapting strategies to the new 600 kilometer format are the main challenges for the teams during the course of the race. Of course the 2013 Kartdrome Endurance Championship driven by Mini counts towards the 2014 SWS Grand Finals and this is a big incentive for participating teams,” added Trutch