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Emirates Schools Karting Championship: Senior RD3

Dubai, UAE, 28 January 2019: The two veteran squads of Ghost Racing demonstrated their copious experience in endurance karting by placing both teams on the winner’s podium in the third round of the Senior division of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) on Sunday night (27 January).

Sameer Mohideen and Samuel Garbutt of Ghost Racing 1 took top honours, while Mateo Moussaoui and Jad Freij of Ghost Racing 2 finished up thirty-one seconds behind to secure third place.

Championship credentials: Ghost Racing. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Nomad conquerors: Ghost Racing. Photo: Aaron Meriwether


Last round’s winner Jumeirah College, with drivers David Zandieh and Eliot Jones, split up the Ghost Racing teams with a second-place finish overall and a class win in the ESKC category.


VDR Racing, the winning team from the first round, got off to an excellent start, with Khalifa Al Qubaisi clocking in a blistering 1:10.622 lap time to take pole position over the other twenty teams.  He was the only driver to dip below the 1:11 mark.

On the move early on: VDR Racing. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
On the move early on: VDR Racing. Photo: Aaron Meriwether


Ghost Racing 1 settled in to P2, but the team was almost a full second off the leader’s pace, having set a best mark of 1:11.420.

Much can happen in 75 minutes of endurance kart racing, and the combined experience of the Ghost Racing teams, holders of two Nomad Championship titles, soon became apparent in the race.

Despite the proven quickness of Al Qubaisi and teammates Jordy Van Dort and Daniel Alves of VDR Racing over the course of a single lap, the team slid the wrong direction down the grid as the race progressed and pit stop strategy become critical.

Other teams moved up to fill the void left by VDR.  Both Ghost Racing teams challenged for the lead, as well as impressive runs by Jumeirah College, who started in P6, and Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) Senior, who started back in ninth.

Ghost Racing 1 seized control of the contest and Samuel Garbutt took the chequered flag to end the race after fifty-nine laps and 75 minutes of racing.  Garbutt also logged in the fastest lap of the night with an astonishing 1:10.228 time, narrowly beating out ultra-quick Al Qubaisi of VDR Racing.

Samuel Garbutt of winner Ghost Racing 1. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Samuel Garbutt of winner Ghost Racing 1. Photo: Aaron Meriwether


Regarding the first ESKC Senior win of the season, Samuel Garbutt of Ghost Racing 1 said, “I think a large contributing factor to our win today was participating in the 24-hour Endurance Race (14-15 December 2018).  I think it really sharpened up our lap times and just helped us to improve overall.  That definitely helped us today.”

Just over thirteen seconds had passed before Jumeirah College rolled in to secure second-place.  Drivers David Zandieh and Eliot Jones made good progress, having come up from sixth-place, and the P2 finish also wrapped up a class win in the ESKC category.

Eliot Jones of ESKC Class winner Jumeirah College. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Eliot Jones of ESKC Class winner Jumeirah College. Photo: Aaron Meriwether


Ghost Racing 2 claimed the final spot on the winner’s podium to help its cause in the Nomad Championship.  Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) 6, with drivers Jaden Taylor and Thomas Raw, took fourth place overall, only a small step backward, having started in P3.

Ghost Racing 1 now has a total of 100 points in the Senior Nomad Cup, an eight-point advantage over VDR Racing with 92 points.  Ghost Racing 2 is still in the hunt with 87 points.

Jumeirah College has built up a comfortable lead in the Senior ESKC Championship, racking up a total of 102 points.  DESC Team 6 is currently in second-place on 87 points and SISD Senior in right in mix with 84 points to sit in third.

ESKC Senior RD3 Winner's Podium.  Photo: Aaron Meriwether
ESKC Senior RD3 Winner’s Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether


The fourth and final round of the 2018-2019 ESKC Senior season will be on Sunday, 10 March 2019 at Dubai Kartdrome.

Click here for ESKC Senior Rd3 Results

Report and photos: Aaron Meriwether

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