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Dubai Falcon Racing Team ready for Kartdrome 12 Hour Endurance Race

Dubai Falcon Racing Team ready for Kartdrome 12 Hour Endurance Race

04.03.2016: Mandatory kart changes for all teams ensures level playing field for Kartdrome 12 Hour Endurance Race

Mandatory kart changes for all teams ensures level playing field for Kartdrome 12 Hour Endurance Race




The Kartdrome Endurance Championship driven by Mini enters its twelfth year on Friday with a raft of changes set to further level the playing field in the first round.


The Kartdrome 12 Hours kick starts the four-round series and with it organisers have introduced mandatory kart changes for all teams.


Kartdrome’s David Bright explains, “In the past teams were allocated a kart which they used for an entire race. Going forward we have introduced kart changes which will take place throughout the race. Teams will swap karts in a designated area during their pit stops which will ensure that no team has advantage of a better kart for sustained periods of time.


“Teams are in favour of this change to the new format which is in line with the system used at the annual Sodi-W-Series (SWS) Grand Finals, for which competitors in our series are eligible. We level the playing field even more which is always a good thing.”


Reigning champions Dubai Falcon Racing Team will once again be the team to beat with multiple championship winners, Batelco posing the biggest threat to their crown. Seasoned campaigners such as CG Racing Pro, Mach 1 and Mini Dubai are also sure to push hard for a victory throughout the series.


Falcon’s team manager Hadi Bloushi said ahead of the first season, “Last year we claimed the title, but now that is past and we are looking ahead to the new season and the action plan is the same: to win it all over again. We have a great team who are more than capable, but at the same time we know that the opposition will be tougher than ever. We are ready!”


All indications from pre-race practice sessions at the Kartdome suggest there is very little to separate the top drivers in terms of lap times, thus optimum team-work and clever strategy coupled with minimum mistakes will be the target for teams hunting for a podium spot.




The 2015 Corporate Cup champions CG Racing will be going all out to repeat last year’s success in what has become 'a-race-within-the-race' where the battle for top honours is as hotly contested as the overall win. Fly Emirates and Team Emirates are likely to be among the challengers, while experienced Hankook 24 Hours outfit Team Lap57 Motorsports will be newcomers to watch.


The all-Emirati Mini Dubai team will be defending their crown in the Nations Cup category.


Each year new teams enter the series as unknown quantities and this year is no exception as several teams will be making their debut in what has become one of leisure karting's most prestigious series.




It will be an early start for teams and drivers at the Kartdrome on Friday morning with the drivers' weigh-in at 07:00am. Track action begins with one hour of free practice starting from 09:30, followed by qualifying at 10:40.  The race will be flagged off at 12:00 noon and will come to an end at 12:00 midnight.



- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photos

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04.03.2016 / MaP

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