Dubai, UAE, 1 October 2020: Summer heat is fading away, pleasant Autumn days will return and, despite a trying year unlike any other, a battalion of race machinery is once again ready to line up and take to the track in anger. Dubai Autodrome and Dubai Kartdrome are set to welcome all challengers.
Start your engines. Motorsport is back.
Having resumed activities last June, Dubai Autodrome has led the way in developing new experiences for the public, designed for maximum enjoyment and safety. Racing will take place using these new health and safety procedures, and in accordance with Emirates Motorsport Organization (EMSO) and Dubai Sports Council (DSC) guidelines. Race events will follow prevailing UAE protocol for spectator allowances.
Fan Favourites Are Back
NGK Spark Plugs Middle East is proud to return for its tenth season of support and to bring back the popular NGK UAE ProCar Championship, a series which showcases an exciting line-up of GTs, Touring Cars and Prototypes.
Established in 2006, the Gulf Radical Cup (GRC) is one the longest running race series in the region and is still going strong. The first round of the GRC will headline the opening race weekend at Dubai Autodrome (13-14 November), which will also feature the NGK UAE ProCar Championship and the new Waleed Alshemais National Sportsbike Championship.
The twelfth season of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East will see the single-make GT3 series arrive in Dubai for rounds in January (29-30) and February (12-13). F3 Asia, which debuted in Dubai last January, will also feature on the same weekends.
Ready to start its fifth season, the F4UAE Championship continues to grow and promote new talent. The series will headline a race weekend at Dubai Autodrome in February (12-13) and will return to finish the championship in March (5-6).
The highlight of the season, as it has been for the past 15 years, will be the Hankook 24H Dubai (15-16 January 2021), the second-largest endurance race on the planet. This great motorsport spectacle will showcase the Dubai Autodrome 5.39-kilometre GP Circuit packed full of GTs, Touring Cars and 24H Specials battling it out for a full 24 hours.
And Karting Too
The Dubai Kartdrome also has plenty of racing to kick off the 2020-2021 season, with rounds of the Sodi World Series (SWS) Sprint Series, SWS RMAX, SWS Ironman, Rotax Max Challenge, IAME Series UAE and the world-renowned Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes in October (16-17) and December (11-12).
Dubai Kartdrome will finish off the season with two heavy hitters: the Sodi World Finals will be hosted in Dubai for the first time in February (25-27) and then the annual Dubai O-Plate weekend championship will be moved from its normal January slot and will feature in March 2021 (20-21) instead.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Aaron Meriwether & Creventic