Dubai, UAE, 1 May 2021: EBC Brakes Racing (#10), with hired guns Ramez Azzam and Duarte Lopes, held off Anjum Shaikh, Arjun Manjunath and Kyle Kumaran of Dojomoto (#9) to take the first victory of 2021 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes.
Azzam started the party early for EBC Brakes Racing by putting his team on pole position, topping the 31-kart grid in qualifying with a best lap time of 1:10.712, just 0.169 seconds clear of Porsche FANStastic 2.
Sitting on P4 at the start, Dojomoto did well in the opening laps to overhaul EBC Brakes Racing and take control of the contest within the first hour. EBC Brakes Racing toppled down to sixth position but then quickly recovered to reclaim the lead by midnight.
As EBC Brakes Racing and Dojomoto battled it out up front, two new teams under the moniker Porsche FANStastic (#13 & #14) were within striking distance, as well as the seasoned endurance warriors of Gamma Racing (#28).
Porsche FANStastic 2 (#14) lost steam and fell down the order, but Porsche FANStastic 1 (#13), with drivers Enzo Al Azhari and Romaldo Labrooy kept up the pace to challenge the frontrunners.
Gamma Racing also lost pace and would eventually finish in ninth, while Corporate Class leader Fly EGKC (#22) was successfully carving a path in the opposite direction, with drivers Jan Bobert, Sevag Balmanian and Mohd Zubair leaving the rest of the Corporate field well behind them.
After seven hours of brawling with Dojomoto, Ramez Azzam maintained his grip on the top spot, crossing the finish line to take the chequered flag and a round one victory for EBC Brakes Racing.
Dojomoto missed the top step of the Overall Podium by just over 30 seconds, but the all-Indian squad won the Nations Cup trophy over STOP & GO Racing Team (#12) from Portugal.
Porsche FANStastic 1 rounded out the top three with an impressive P3 finish, while Fly EGKC just missed the Overall Podium in P4, however, it capped an amazing run during the night which witnessed the team go from twelfth position on the grid, pass up rival team Colourspeed (#8) and take home the Corporate Class winner’s trophy.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales & Aaron Meriwether