Dubai, UAE, 18 September 2020: Motorsport Wheels (#21) claimed its first endurance victory last February and now the team, led by Romaldo Labroy and Ramez Azzam, can boast two wins in a row in the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes.
After six hours of endurance racing and 194 laps completed on the All-Star GP Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome, only a tenth of second separated Motorsport Wheels and team EBC Brakes (#19) at the finish line. Motorsport Wheels has now gone two-for-two and has put itself in great position to fight for the overall championship in the remaining two rounds (16-17 October, 11-12 December).
Nations Cup & GCC Cup
Kyle Kumaran and Arjun Manjunath of EBC Brakes narrowly missed out on the overall win, but the Indian drivers did well to wrap up a class win in the Nations Cup over a tenacious competitor, Stop and GO UAE from Portugal (#22).
The all-star Emirati squad, with drivers Ahmad Al Hammadi, Humaid Al Ketbi, Mohammed Ismail and Hussian Umid Ali, took Mirgap Racing (#5) up to third in Nations Cup and won first-place in the GCC category over class rival Oman Karting (#23).
The Emirates Group Karting Club (EGKC) has been a Corporate powerhouse for the last five seasons, winning titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and just falling short of defending the Corporate crown by two championship points in 2019.
Two Emirates teams returned to the grid for Round Two and both teams lived up to their endurance legacy. Andre Khoury, Jan Bobert and Sevag Balmanian of Fly Emirates (#7) started on P6 and held on tight throughout the race, topping the class with a seventh-place finish overall. Partner team, Fly Emirates 2, followed up next to nab second-place in Corporate.
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “It was fantastic see such a close finish after a full six hours of racing. It shows the level of karting in the UAE, especially from our DAKA graduates who are now in top teams.”
“I want to thank EBC Brakes for their continued support in this great championship, as well as a shout-out to our hard-working kartdrome staff that makes these races possible.” Bright added.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Aaron Meriwether & Arthur Rosales