Dubai, UAE, 28 February 2020: After 138 laps of 400 completed, EBC Brakes maintains the narrowest of margins over Motorsport Wheels to lead the opening round of the 2020 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by Motorsport Wheels.
Twenty-seven teams, with 82 drivers of 25 different nationalities, lined up on start grid at 11.00am to challenge the first round on the new Reverse Switchback with Hill Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome.
Grand prize for the championship is a chance to race at former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso’s kart track, Museo Y Circuito, in Spain.
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “I am also pleased to announce that we have partnered with Fernando Alonso’s Circuit in Spain on an exchange program, where our 2020 Championship Winning Team will receive a complimentary entry in the Spanish 12hr in June 2021. The 2020 Champions from the Circuit of Fernando Alonso will receive a prized entry into our Dubai 24HR this December!
Veteran SWS drivers Romaldo Labroy and Maz Nawaz teamed up to represent Motorsport Wheels (#8), and the dynamic duo delivered dutifully in qualifying, topping the timing screens with a best lap time of 1:11.724, pipping Arjun Manjunath and Anjum Sheikh of EBC Brakes (#7) to pole position by just two hundredths of a second.
Porsche Club UAE (#5), featuring Bin Drai powerhouse Duarte Lopes along with Fergal Kelly, Markus Thomas and Enzo Al Azhari lined up in P3, with Wissam Hatim, Ilyas Sheikh and Marc Roca of Gamma Racing 1 (#12) taking up fourth position.
Labroy got away well to start the 400-lap endurance race, but within a lap lost the frontrunner position to Sheikh of EBC Brakes. Ever since the two teams have been connected at the bumper rolling through the challenging turns of the Reverse Switchback with Hill Circuit.
After 138 laps completed, a mere 0.089 seconds separates EBC Brakes and Motorsport Wheels. Porsche Club UAE is right in the hunt in third, followed by Gamma Racing 1 and Seven Racing.
EBC Brakes currently tops overall and the Nations Cup category representing India, while Saudi squad Seven Racing (#4) heads up the GCC Cup Class, and Team Emirates (#20) looks to be on the comeback to take back the Corporate championship that was seized from them by LD Russia last year.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether