Luca Cima with Sorg Team at 24h Dubai

Luca Cima with Sorg Team at 24h Dubai

07.01.2016: From Kartdrome to Hankook 24H for Dubai based amateur racer; Cima teams up with Sorg Team for

From Kartdrome to Hankook 24H for Dubai based amateur racer; Cima teams up with Sorg Team for big endurance race debut and his goal is to win



photo caption:    Luca Cima is no stranger to the Autodrome and the Kartdrome


Luca Cima, a popular personality in UAE motorsport circles, could not resist the temptation to realise a life-long dream and negotiate a drive in the 11th edition of the Hankook 24H Dubai to complete a fascinating journey which began with endurance karting at the Kartdrome.


Cima is a Dubai resident for the past 13 years, and the Autodrome, where the 2016 Hankook 24H  of Dubai takes place on 14-16 January, is a place he knows well.


His ties to the circuit include working at the venue as an instructor, driving official support vehicles during races, participating in track days on both cars and motorcycles and having a spell racing in the Radical Cup ME.


The father of two explains: "I have lived with the Dubai 24 Hours for many years as a spectator or even as a Medical Car driver, but never had the chance to race in what is one of the most prestigious 24 hour races in the world - and it’s in my home town!"


"This year I had an opportunity to join Sorg Team from Germany to race with their BMW M235 Cup and to be honest, once the budget was agreed, I immediately said yes. I have seen too many Dubai 24 Hours from behind the fence and I naturally had to dive into it. It’s my time now."


Added Cima: "The team looks great with plenty of experience and a very interesting line up of drivers. Three French drivers and myself, should make the little BMW fly and stay out of trouble."


For many years, Cima was a regular in the well supported Kartdrome endurance championship and is familiar with the format of racing which requires militant style teamwork, clever strategy and of course relentless speed.


And the passion for motorsport runs deep, to his days in Italy, as he revealed: "My grandfather arrived home one day with a Porsche 2.7S in the late 70s and I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked and that noise."


"Since then engines became my bread. My father also is insanely passionate about racing cars. He always took me to Monza to watch everything that was racing. I soon became passionate about motorbikes and go karts and forgot about cars for a while."


"I had a big accident which made me stop my motorbikes racing ambitions so I started to race Classic Cars with my dad. Mini Cooper S 1967, Lotus Elan Sprint, Triumph TR3. When I arrived in Dubai, an incredible place for these kinds of opportunities, I started to visit the Autodrome and started racing karts, another big love of mine."


"Karts was the most affordable way into racing when I got to Dubai. I have participated in countless endurance championships with some great teams. I also raced the sprint championship in the UAE Rotax Max Challenge. But endurance Karting has been my only racing activity for several years,” added Cima, who also has experience in the Le Mans style Radical Cup ME.


As for this next chapter of his racing adventure, Cima is adamant: "I am here to win my class. I still race to win and I am naturally very competitive and I could never start a race if I wouldn't know I can win it. This attitude hasn’t changed and I know Team Sorg and my experienced teammates think exactly the same."


"I would like to thank the support of my personal sponsor Elite Materials and the General Manager Atreya Lakhotia, who believed in this project. He is as passionate as I am and I aim to reward him, and his company, with results on track," concluded Cima.


Qualifying for the 2016 Hankook 24H of Dubai takes place next Thursday (14 January) ahead of the start at 14:00pm the following day.


Entry with access to grandstands and the paddock area is free for spectators, with family friendly activities scheduled throughout the weekend.




photo caption:  Luca Cima jumps out of his car during a pit stop while competing in the NGK Enduro race at the Autodrome


Hankook 24H of Dubai Race Weekend Schedule


Thursday 14 January 2016


•    11:30 – 12:00 Hankook 24H Dubai Free practice 1, Class A2, A3, CUP1, TCR, SP3
•    12:05 – 12:35 Hankook 24H Dubai Free practice 2, Class A6, SPX, SP2, 991, 997
•    12:35 – 13:30 Break
•    13:30 – 16:00 Hankook 24H Dubai Free practice 3 ALL Classes
•    16:15 – 16:45 Hankook 24H Dubai Qualification 1: Class A2, A3, CUP1, TCR, SP3
•    17:00 – 17:30 Hankook 24H Dubai Qualification 2: Class A6, SPX, SP2, 991, 997
•    17:30 – 18:00 Break
•    18:00 – 20:00 Hankook 24H Dubai Night practice



Friday 15 January 2016


•    10:30 – 11:00 Hankook 24H Dubai Warming up
•    11:45 – 12:45 Break
•    12.45 Start grid of the Hankook 24H Dubai
•    14:00 hours Start of the Hankook 24H Dubai
•    20.00 Fireworks

Saturday 16 January 2016


•    14:00 Finish of the Hankook 24H Dubai
•    14:15 Publication of results
•    14.15 Podium ceremony (All Class Winners)



- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photos

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