Dubai, UAE, 6 December 2020: The final round of the 2020 Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes commences this Friday afternoon (12.30pm, 11 December) at Dubai Kartdrome and the championship winning team will receive complimentary entry for a 12HR endurance race (June 2021) at F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso’s kart track in Spain.
Museo Y Circuito Fernando Alonso, in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, was designed by the F1 Champion himself, and the winning Dubai endurance team will get the chance to compete in Spain and experience favourite sections from legendary tracks that he incorporated into the kart circuit, such as the Suzuka esses, Parma’s chicane, the last corner of Valencia and the first from Jarama.
Only five championship points separate the top two teams going into the last round. Motorsport Wheels (115 points) led by Romaldo Labroy, Ramez Azzam and Maz Nawaz has a narrow lead over team EBC Brakes (110 points), with drivers Anjum Shaikh, Arjun Manjunath and Kyle Kumaran.
Sultan Alsuwaidi, Manu Mathew, Wissam Hatim, Marc Roco and Ilyas Sheikh of Gamma Racing (86 points) are still in the hunt, but the team will need the championship leaders to finish well down the grid order to pull off an upset.
Fly Emirates with Jan Bobert, Andre Khoury, Sevag Balbanian and Mohd Zubair will be looking to take back the Corporate crown lost to LD Russia in 2019. The only team capable of challenging the class leader is another Emirates Group Karting Club (EGKC) entrant, Fly Emirates 2, which may be seeking payback after losing the class advantage to its partner team in the final hours of round three.
Nations Cup & GCC
Even if team EBC Brakes misses out on the overall title in the fourth and final round, the Indian squad should wrap up the Nations Cup, having amassed a 23-point margin over Portuguese team Stop and GO.
The all-Emirati team of Mirgap Racing with Ahmad Al Hammadi, Humaid Al Ketbi, Mohammed Ismail, Hussain Umid Ali and Saeed Al Mehairi, is in a strong position to secure the newly-created GCC title, unless Oman Karting can claw back 13 points in the last round.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether