Dubai Kartdrome is braced for an exciting weekend of racing with the final round of the 2021 Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes taking place at the country’s most popular karting venue on Friday and Saturday 17-18 December.
Already signed up are 28 teams from around the globe, including from the UAE and GCC that will descend on Motorcity for the Kartdrome’s flagship event, featuring professional and amateur drivers; among them, double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and a formidable team he has assembled to attempt to win his first Kartdrome 24-Hour race.
The great Spanish F1 driver has taken a shine to the event, having participated in several races over the years, with last year his team scoring a podium. This year they are aiming for top spot.
But before Alonso’s team – which includes former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, F3000 ace Angel Burgueno and Bulgarian karting sensation Nikola Tsolov – can achieve the goal they will have to beat a dozen or so contenders with exactly the same thing in mind: winning the world’s most prestigious endurance leisure karting race.
With a free entry for the winning team to the Spanish 12-Hour courtesy of Circuit de Fernando Alonso, there is also a great deal at stake.
While top honours for the 24 Hours is on every team’s radar, there is also the matter of three championships being decided on the day, in this the fourth and final round of the series which began with the Dubai Ramadan 7 Hour on 30 April, followed by the Karting Festival 10 Hour in May and the 12-Hour in October.
Who will be Champions of the 2021 Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes?
Heading to the season finale it is very tight at the top of the standings with EBC Brakes Racing leading the championship on 102 points with Stop & Go Racing Team second, only eight points in a ‘winner take all’ scenario for the championship.
But there is no guarantee either will win as they face the most formidable opposition they have encountered all year as a contingent of international teams and some potent local outfits can tear up the form book, and challenge for overall victory.
Among them, and to watch out for are the likes of, Mirgap Racing, Porsche FANStastic, Cedar Racing Team, and series stalwarts Fly Emirates and DojoMoto.
Fly Emirates also lead the prestigious Corporate Rankings ahead of the final round, with three out of three wins and will be looking to make it a clean sweep for the team. They face up top Hoxton Capital Management team in second, followed by another Team Emirates.
Stop & Go Racing Team, from Portugal, lead the distinguished Nations Cup by 12 points from the all Emirati team Mirgap Racing in second and Lebanon’s Cedar Racing Team third.
Meanwhile, Mirgap Racing has wrapped up the GCC Ranking.
Speaking ahead of the Kartdrome 24 Hour, manager and race organiser David Bright said: “We look forward to the 17th edition of this race which is now a mainstay of Dubai’s impressive international sporting calendar.
“The title will be decided amid the strongest field assembled this season for the Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes who we thank for their partnership and support of the series.
“It is a great pleasure and honour to have Fernando Alonso and his potent team back at it again with their eyes only on the winners’ trophy but they will have their work cut out as their rival teams all have the same thing in mind.
“We strive to create a level playing field which means several teams can take overall honours and trust me they will all be going for it.
“Also being the final round means championships will be decided on Saturday. The stage is set for another memorable race weekend at the Dubai Kartdrome. May the best team win!”