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Inaugural Emirates Schools Karting Championship races to action at Dubai Kartdrome

Inaugural Emirates Schools Karting Championship races to action at Dubai Kartdrome

15.02.2016: JESS (Arabian Ranches) win first round of ESKC; 14 schools and 50 drivers take part

JESS (Arabian Ranches) win first round of ESKC; 14 schools and 50 drivers take part in new karting series




photo caption   All the ESKC drivers on the podium after Round 1 at the Kartdrome


Fourteen teams, fifty drivers and dozens of support crew took part in the inaugural Emirates Schools Karting Championship race at Dubai Kartdrome with Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches taking overall victory in the one-hour enduro.


With UAE Rotax Max Championship regular Eliot Jones heading up the JESS squad alongside teammates Max Tryggvason and Sam Burtonwood, it was no surprise that they claimed pole position in qualifying with a best time of 1:11.012.


Next best in qualifying was Ghost Racing Team consisting of Sameer Mohideen, Sayed Taifur, Samuel Garbutt and Lorenzo Terrone, ahead of Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) 3 made up of Henry Jenkins, Harrison Barnes and Ibrahim Yaqub, and Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) 1 of Giulio Peroni, Jad Makarem and Jason Walton.


The top four were separated by a mere 0.659 of a second which set the stage for an intriguing battle not only for the three spots on the podium, but also among the teams with less experienced drivers in their line-ups.


From the start it was Cambridge International School of Abdul Samee, Raed Jameel and Siddhart Jai which made the best start, tucking into second place behind Jones who did the first stint for JESS and proceeded to lead from the start.




photo caption:  One field of 14 get underway for the start of the ESKC Round 1 at the Kartdrome


The JESS team survived a spin midway through the race, but did enough to take an historic victory – the first ever in the ESKC – thanks to a superb team effort led by Jones and well backed up by Tryggvason and Burtonwood. They completed 48 laps in the allocated one hour, winning by a margin of 27.468 seconds.


Garbutt started for the Ghost Racing Team, smashing the lap record as he chased the leaders. His best lap time of 1:09.876 was one of the fastest set so far this year at the Kartdrome.


His efforts, along with strong support from co-drivers Mohideen, Taifur and Terrone was enough to secure second place and with it take maximum points in the Nomad Cup category for drivers not affiliated to a particular school.


DESC 1, with UAE Rotax Max Championship regular Giulio Peroni in the driving seat, recovered well from a bad start and spent their evening making up places to claim third place overall.


ESKC race director David Bright said: “That was a great way to start the first edition of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship. It was obviously impressive to see the regular karting drivers shine, but equally notable was to witness the less experienced drivers showing amazing commitment giving it their best shot.


“There was a unique atmosphere at the Kartdrome which was buzzing with excitement as friends, families and crews cheered on their drivers. A strong foundation is now established for the ESKC which we are sure will grow in stature with every round. Well done to all drivers and their teams, they were all winners on the day.”


ESKC Race Day 2 at the Kartdrome takes place on Sunday, 28 February. Teams can still enter the remaining three rounds by registering interest or entering a team on the official website: http://eskc.ae/.




photo caption:   The winning team of Eliot Jones (middle) Max Tryggvason and Sam Burtonwood


Round 1 Results



1.    Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches
2.    Ghost Racing Team
3.    Dubai English Speaking College 1
4.    Dubai English Speaking College 3              
5.    Cambridge International School
6.    Emirates International School Meadows
7.    Nibras International School
8.    Desert Racers
9.    Repton School
10.    Birla Institute of Technology
11.    MC Falcon
12.    NAS RACING LIONS 2    
13.    NAS RACING LIONS 1
14.    Dubai English Speaking College 2


Detailed Results & Lap Chart: http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1235625.




Remaining ESKC Rounds:


Race Day 2: 28 February

Race Day 3: 20 March

Race Day 4: 23 April



- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photos

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15.02.2016 / MaP

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