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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