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Maiden Victory for EBC Brakes

Dubai, UAE, 17 October 2020:  Having settled for a pair of second-place trophies in the opening two rounds of the 2020 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship, team EBC Brakes (#6), with drivers Anjum Shaikh, Arjun Manjunath and Kyle Kumaran, finally nabbed a first-place trophy out of the clutches of Motorsport Wheels (#7) for Round Three.

Not today: Motorsport Wheels (#7). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Not today: Motorsport Wheels (#7). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

EBC Brakes led for most of the contest, but in the final two hours of the 12-Hour endurance race, Romaldo Labroy, Ramez Azzam and Maz Nawaz of Motorsport Wheels reduced the gap and then seized the lead on lap 498, returning P1 back into their possession, just as they had in the opening laps.

Pit stop strategy makes or breaks teams throughout the night and, in a flurry of late pit stops as teams scrabbled to meet the mandatory 18 stops before the pit lane closed, EBC Brakes came out of the chaos to take resume control in the final 30 minutes.

Kyle Kumaran of winner EBC Brakes (#6). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Kyle Kumaran of overall race winner EBC Brakes (#6). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Kyle Kumaran crossed the finish line just 0.156 seconds ahead of Motorsport Wheels, securing a maiden victory for EBC Brakes and closing the contest after 563 laps.  The all-Indian line-up of EBC Brakes also claimed the Nations Cup for Round Three and the team remains the class leader in the championship.

Brand Racing (#10), with racers Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Danny Brand, Guy Sheffield and Tony Hogg, pursued the leaders all day and into the night, but at the finish line Brand Racing ended the day exactly where it started, third overall.

Brand Racing (#10). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Brand Racing (#10). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

The all-Emirati team of Mirgap Racing (#19) with Ahmad Al Hammadi, Humaid Al Ketbi, Mohammed Ismail, Hussain Umid Ali and Saeed Al Mehairi, placed fourth overall, which was a great run after starting the day down in P8.  The exceptional effort was also enough to secure second-place in the Nations Cup and first-place for the GCC category.

GCC winner: Mirgap Racing (#19). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
GCC winner: Mirgap Racing (#19). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Fly Emirates 2 (#18) led all Corporate contenders for most of the day, but in the final hours of the race the other Emirates Group Karting Club (EGKC) team, Fly Emirates (#17) took control and closed out as the Corporate Class winner, finishing eighth overall.  Jan Bobert, Andre Khoury, Sevag Balbanian and Mohd Zubair have put Fly Emirates in command of the Corporate Championship going into the final round.

Corporate winner: Fly Emirates (#17). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Corporate winner: Fly Emirates (#17). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Overall Podium

  1. EBC Brakes
  2. Motorsport Wheels
  3. Brand Racing

Corporate Podium

  1. Fly Emirates
  2. Fly Emirates 2
  3. Resolute Racing

Nations Cup Podium

  1. EBC Brakes (India)
  2. Mirgap Racing (UAE)
  3. Stop and GO UAE (Portugal)

GCC Winner: Mirgap Racing (UAE)
Fastest Lap: Kyle Kumaran (EBC Brakes) 1:11.680
Spirit of the Day Trophy: Team Fiat
Newbie Trophy: ESKC Swiss SISD

RD3 Race Results

Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether

 

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