UAE: Teams get ready for exciting new UAE Gulf Sports Cars Championship starting Nov 2018

UAE: Teams get ready for exciting new UAE Gulf Sports Cars Championship starting Nov 2018

The new Gulf Sports Cars Championship is set to consist of five double header rounds, each round will host two 50min races shared between Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit from November 2018 to February 2019.

Driving Force Events are the promoters, alongside the ASN ATCUAE (Automobile Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates)
and Organising clubs: DAMC (Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club) and YMRC (Yas Motor Racing Club)

The promoter will run the 8th edition of the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday December15. Although this international 12h race will not be part of the Gulf Sportscar Championship, however, teams taking part in both events will benefit from special entry conditions and integrated logistics services.

The Gulf Sports Cars Championship will run as a national championship; however, it will be open to International competitors also. This will allow national graded drivers to compete and therefore, it will enable them to qualify for their International licence.

The championship will be open to GT cars and a selection of LMP3 and certain carbon prototypes. The entrants will have a choice to run either a single driver, or a pairing.

• GT3 – Cars complying with their FIA homologation form
• GT X – GT cars of lower performance accepted in accordance with the promoters’ technical
regulations (such as Maserati MC Trofeo, McLaren 570S, Porsche Cayman Club, etc.)
• GT Cup (such as Porsche Carrera Cup, Audi R8LMS, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, etc.)
complying with their respective technical regulations.
• LMP3 complying with their homologation form and the ACO regulations
• Prototypes (carbon monocoque only) complying with category E II-SC as of FIA Annex. J,
“Art. 277 – Free Formula Technical Regulations (Group E)” – Group E SC Sports cars (twoseater
competition cars, open or closed, built especially for competition). Examples: Ligier
JS P4, Wolf GB08 Tornado.

Promoters will reserve the right to adjust car performance via BOP bulletins before and during the championship.

Weekend Race Format

Race day format (Friday)Free practices 50m
Qualifying 30m Q1 15m + 5m break + Q2 15m
Race 1 50m 1 compulsory pit-stop for driver change only
Race 2 50m 1 compulsory pit-stop for driver change only

Total track-time: 180m (3h 00m)

The final results at the end of the season will be determined by the best three results of each driver over the year – consider the lowest finishing positions as dropped scores. The top performing team and car manufacturer will be awarded at the end of the season.

Several leading teams have expressed strong interest in the new championship. Local Dubai team Dragon racing has confirmed 6 cars for the championship.

Andrea Ficarelli of Driving Force Events said:

“This new project is a result of many meetings and a lot of brainstorming during the past several months with the local stakeholders, including the ATCUAE, Dubai Autodrome, Yas Marina Circuit, the top UAE-based teams and some key European teams. We believe this new championship will be the ideal initial platform to promote the development of the motorsport business in the UAE and in the Gulf region. Starting from January we will also offer our support to the NGK Series organised by Dubai Autodrome, with the aim to develop it in a premier entry-level series for touring cars teams”.

2018-19 Gulf Sportscar Championship Schedule:
Round 1   November 16   Races 1 & 2   Dubai Autodrome
Round 2   December 7   Races 3 & 4    Dubai Autodrome
Round 3   January 25   Races 5 & 6    Dubai Autodrome
Round 4   February 8   Races 7 & 8   Yas Marina Circuit
Round 5   February 22  Races 9 & 10  Yas Marina Circuit

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7 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Un genio muy buenos

Awesome pictures!


Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike


Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

Bring back Redding

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10 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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Good Day all.

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍



And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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12 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

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Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

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