EMIRATES SCHOOLS KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016-2017 SEASON LAUNCHED
UAE students build teams during official Welcome Day
Dubai, UAE, 30 October 2016: Hundreds of UAE students, teachers and parents converged on the Dubai Kartdrome on Saturday to register for the new season of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC). Student drivers also received a complimentary test drive on the outdoor circuit.
By popular demand the ESKC returns to the UAE motorsport calendar for its second season. The Dubai Kartdrome announced official dates for 2016-2017 as well as new updates in the regulations to make the series accessible to more students.
The ESKC was founded in 2015 under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), Vice-President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and Chairman of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC), with the intent of providing students across the Emirates a platform to participate in competitive kart racing.
The ATCUAE backed series aims to encourage students to adopt new skill sets which will help them later in life, while at the same time to enjoy the competitive fun of karting. In the process of forming and operating a school team, students will learn important skills such as team work, strategy and organization.
Due to the popularity of season one, the ESKC has also garnered support from the FIA Grant Programme for the upcoming season. This will be welcome news to participating students and parents, as the entry fees for the championship rounds will now be half of the normal rate.
Another big update is the introduction of the ESKC Junior category, open to students from ages 7 to 12. The ESKC Junior Championship will consist of four sprint rounds.
The ESKC Senior category, for students 13-18 years old, will follow a similar format to season one, with four endurance rounds.
After receiving feedback from the debut season, ESKC Race Director David Bright spent the summer months reviewing and improving the regulations to make the series even more exciting and welcoming for drivers of all skill levels.
“With the new regulation enhancements and the introduction of the ESKC Junior category, we are expecting more teams and closer racing for season two,” David said.
Indeed the new changes have already appealed to many students; the Dubai Kartdrome counted 61 Senior class and 105 Junior class participants on Saturday. So far there are 22 teams registered in the championship which will run from November until March.
David added, “I was totally overwhelmed by the magnitude of students and parents who turned up today. It was encouraging to see so many kids, even as young as seven years old come out. It confirms that implementing the Junior ESKC category was a good step forward in making this series a permanent fixture on UAE schools’ extracurricular calendar.”
Additional information can be found at: www.eskc.co
Emirates Schools Karting Championship 2016-2017 Season Calendar:
ESKC Junior Category (ages 7-12)
- Round 1: 29 January 2017
- Round 2: 19 February 2017
- Round 3: 5 March 2017
- Round 4: 18 March 2017
ESKC Senior Category (ages 13-18)
- Round 1: 13 November 2016
- Round 2: 4 December 2016
- Round 3: 15 January 2017
- Round 4: 18 March 2017
Note: dates subject to change.