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Dubai Autodrome says its all systems go for Emirates Schools Karting Championship

Dubai Autodrome says its all systems go for Emirates Schools Karting Championship

16.09.2015: New karting series designed to help keep racing off UAE roads attracting strong interest from

New karting series designed to help keep racing off UAE roads attracting strong interest from Emirati, expatriate schools




photo caption:  The Emirates Schools Karting Championship is designed to help keep racing off the roads of the UAE.


Dubai Autodrome is reporting strong interest in the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC), the first edition of which will be launched later this year.


More than a dozen schools are already looking to enter teams in the new series which was announced during the official launch of 2015-2016 UAE motor racing season by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE earlier this month.


ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, patron of the ESKC
, said he expects the student based racing series to become part of extramural activities offered by schools in the UAE.


“Apart from the fitness, teamwork and skill elements required to excel at competitive karting, the sport also has the ability to instill in our youth the ethos of racing on race tracks and not on public roads,” said Sulayem.


“The ESKC unites the various karting venues in the UAE, who in turn can unite the schools in their respective areas not only to compete but also to evolve relationships and develop camaraderie among the students and teachers”.


The ESKC will be run by Dubai Autodrome along with partner circuits Al Ain Raceway, RAK Track and Al Forsan Raceway under the auspices of the ATCUAE.



Emirati racing driver and ESKC project leader Saeed bin Touq said:
“It’s encouraging to see the interest shown already by more than a dozen schools, and we are actively approaching more schools to present the ESKC concept to teachers, and  parents where required, with the view to establish the karting discipline as part of the UAE school sports programme.


“Students from 13 to 18 years of age are eligible to compete in the team races, and the clear message to them is to respect the rules of the road and if there is a need for speed then the race track is the place for this. There is no better place to start than in karting which is the grassroots of motor racing.”


Dubai Autodrome will announce the inaugural ESKC race calendar in due course.


School representatives and students interested in obtaining more information about the ESKC should refer to the official website www.eskc.com which has all the latest news about the series along with rules, regulations and tips for teachers and students.




ESKC Overview



The concept is to have UAE schools enter three or four student drivers per team, which will also include a manger along with designated crew members, to compete in a series of one hour endurance races.


Rules, regulations and scoring based on the tried and tested Soda-World-Series which has been run at the Kartdrome for several years.


The Interschool championship is a team-based sport attracting Emirati and expatriate schools where the focus will be on teamwork, strategy, commitment, discipline and of course race craft. Eligible drivers must be at least 13 years old.


The series – which aims to establish itself as a bonafide extramural activity in UAE schools – will be run in the UAE winter months with the goal of having rounds at the Kartdrome, Al Ain Raceway, Al Forsan and RAK Track – and a season finale at the Kartdrome.


Final rules and regulations have been drafted to ensure a level playing field, an attractive concept to encourage schools to become involved and a format which embraces karting venues across the UAE. All information and contact details at: www.eskc.ae.



- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photo

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