Dubai: Endurance Championship Driven By Mini – CG Racing Pro take round three win at the Dubai Kartdrome

Dubai: Endurance Championship Driven By Mini – CG Racing Pro take round three win at the Dubai Kartdrome


CG Pro crosses the line after 700 Km of racing

CG Pro crosses the line after 700 Km of racing

Dubai, UAE, 22 October 2016:  CG Pro continues to dominate the endurance leisure karting world with a convincing Round Three victory at the Endurance Championship Driven By MINI at the Dubai Kartdrome on Saturday morning.

CG Pro was the first team to reach the required 700 kilometres distance on the outdoor circuit, seeing the chequered flag after 583 laps and over 12 hours of intense racing.

Jam-packed with confidence after winning the Endurance Cup at the 2016 SWS World Finals in France this summer, CG Pro took command at the Dubai Kartdrome despite losing out during qualifying to long-time rivals BatelcoDrag965 Racing.

Pole position belonged to BatelcoDrag965 Racing but it was quickly lost as CG Pro made the most of the famous Le Mans-style start of the race and grabbed the lead immediately.  However, a series of small strategy errors and a penalty dropped CG Pro down the field and after the first hour BatelcoDrag965 Racing was back in control, followed by Bin Drai Karting Team and Globcom-Flame.

The opening hours on Friday night were scrappy and punishing as drivers jostled for position and then settled into a groove.  Two title contenders, LD and Mach1, got caught up in the early mayhem and were pushed to the bottom of the pack, and both teams spent the rest of the race clawing their way up back into the top ten.

In the middle of night CG Pro began to make their move.

CG Pro Team Captain David Terrien said, “We felt we were back in the game after about three o’ clock in the morning when we managed to close the gap on Batelco.  We thought we still had a chance to win but with this kind of race with such tough competition, you don’t know what can happen.”

Better pit stop strategy and improved lap times brought CG Pro back into play, step by step.  By the end of the 700 kilometres the team was in top form, crossing the finish line a full 48.626 seconds ahead of BatelcoDrag965 Racing.  Last year’s Endurance Champions, Dubai Falcon Racing Team, claimed the remaining spot on the podium.

With only one round remaining, CG Pro leads the 2016 Pro Rankings with 115 championship points.  BatelcoDrag965 Racing is still in the hunt at 110 points and Mach1 holds on to third with 86 points.

In the Corporate Rankings, Fly Emirates 1 got a huge boost to its championship ambitions with a sensational victory in Round Three.  The crew finished several laps ahead of two Choueiri Group teams, CG Racing and CG Academy.

The Emirates Group Karting Club entered three teams into the championship but on the final 24 hours round in December it will put all of its efforts into its top ranked team, Fly Emirates 1, with the hopes of avenging a second place finish in the Corporate category back in 2015.

Fly Emirates 1 Team Manager Redza Jamil explained, “We will be focusing on the Corporate Category and focusing on the top step of the podium.  We missed it by just a few points last year, in fact we missed it by 11 seconds after 24 hours of racing.”

LD made up for a dreadful start to take first place in the Nations Cup.  Amid opening lap chaos the Russian contingent was booted to the back of the grid but made an incredible comeback throughout the twelve hours to claim eighth position overall by morning.

This earned it top spot in the Nations Cup for Round Three, just beating out the Indian line-up ENOC-NH8 for second and another Russian squad, Strizh, for third.  LD now leads the 2016 Nations Cup Ranking ahead of ENOC-NH8 going into the last race.

The fourth and final round of the Endurance Championship Driven By MINI will take place on 16-17 December 2016 at the Dubai Kartdrome.

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14 minutes ago


After 20 gripping laps, it all came down the final few metres! ⚔️

Watch the overtake which saw Álex Rins narrowly get the better of Marc Márquez! 🏁

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Amazing race.. ee all cheered for you alex 😀

I had to clap for the television, no words for the race Rins did, what a lesson for Marquez and all the others riders

Fantastic last couple of MotoGP races, brilliant win for Rins 🏁

Beautiful... He know he can do it at the last corner...

Two races in a row now where MM93 hasn’t managed his tires till the end and has lost it in the final stages. He used to be the best at that.

i had to shout when rins got the W..what a race..marq rear tire got skid a little & it turn out for open to rins..

Superbe manœuvre et très propre 👍😎

Magnifique coiffé sur la ligne d'arrivée 😂😂😂

Rins had time to look at him ... scene for Descktop 😍

Wasted! Marquez's rear slide followed by front slide ... no more grip. Rin's tires still gripping.

prachtig weer in de laatste bocht voorbij gekomen.

Awesome pass on the inside.

Magical move! 🥰

A move Marques would have been proud of.

This is what Moto GP is all about! Realistically, MM has the title sown up, but he's still willing to lay it all on the line to win races. I don't really have a favourite, I just have huge respect for all riders and what they bring to the sport! 🙏

That look at Marquez. Priceless.

And rins giving marques the side eye as he crossed the line!!! Well earned victory

Kevin Schwantz style 💪

One of the greatest finish ever!!!

Mark is best all time MM93

Yes 42INS!!

2 right corner again for M.M

To rins " youre amazing "


Alex Rins has just revealed the secret of beating 93....stick with him like a leech till the very last corner...& 'bamm'! Vamos!

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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

Remember you can watch now the #BritishGP 🇬🇧 race OnDemand with #VideoPass ➡️
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Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Gilbert Durand j’avais filmé notre dernière sortie...souvenir souvenir....😉😉😉🤣

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I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

Suzuki love

Those lean angles are sick 😮

Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Tobias Maibom siehste es geht mehr als 45 Grad 👌🏻

Ludo Metz angle fort!

Im a 93 fan, but glad yesterday's race turned out the way it did. Racing has to be like this, let the best rider win for what ever reason. I stopped waching F1 because it had nothing anymore, and Moto Gp feels the same way some times......👌👌👌👌👌

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