Dubai, UAE, 19 October: Andre Caiado, Miguel Neto, David Terrien and Pedja Jakovljevic of Bin Drai Karting Team have scraped through a tough qualifying session and sprint race to take pole position for the main event, a grueling 700-kilometre endurance race at Dubai Kartdrome that will take the teams over twelve hours to complete.
Cambridge Middle East Interiors controlled the qualifying session early on until Andre Caiado of Bin Drai Karting Team took to the Monaco Switchback Circuit and powered out a blazing best lap time of 1:15.726 to top the timing screens.
New to the championship for this round was a sprint race to determine the final grid order for the endurance event. Bin Drai Karting Team and Cambridge Middle East Interiors resumed their battle over nine laps and again Caiado was the hero, taking the chequered flag over a second clear of Emirates Pro. Cambridge Middle East Interiors settled for third place, while the 2015 Pro Champions, Dubai Falcon Racing Team, placed fourth.
In the Corporate category, Redline Racing upset the favourites, beating out Team Emirates in the sprint race and lining up fifth on the grid. Team Emirates, the defending Corporate champs, lined up in sixth place.
In the Nations Cup, for drivers of the same nationality, the all-Russian outfit of LD Russia took ninth place, which was just enough to beat another Russian squad, newcomers Eau Rouge.
Bin Drai Karting Team leads the Pro Championship and now looks to be in a great position to control its own destiny. 700 kilometres of racing will decide.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether