The second edition of O-Plate Race Day takes place on Friday at the Dubai Kartdrome, and apart from attracting a record field of drivers for an event of this nature in the region, the day will also witness a record number of female drivers on the various grids.

girldubai2Over a dozen lady drivers will be doing battle in among more than 160 drivers, in 24 races during the course of the competition, which is being dubbed by the local racing community as the ‘richest’ karting race in the region as the prize pool amounts to over one hundred thousand dirhams.

Heading the female contingent is South African ace Fabienne Lanz who is no stranger to the Kartdrome as she has competed at the venue several times, including Endurance Championship victory with the Batelco team in 2011 and famously qualifying on pole for the 2010 Kartdrome 24 Hours.

Lanz knows her way to the top step of the podium and will be a force to be reckoned with in the Max Seniors class. Fast making a mark on the UAE karting scene are the Al Qubaisi sisters Hamda and Amna. The pair are part of the highly rated Daman Speed Academy and together have set the benchmark for other academy members. Both Amna in Junior Max and Hamda in Mini Max will be battling at the sharp end of proceedings, both capable of podium finishes.
girldubai3Constantly improving Dubai schoolgirl Abi Birch has progressed during the past year from a front runner in the SWS Sprint series into the Senior Max class, and on Friday will be extra busy as she competes in both categories. Also making her way through the SWS ranks, but in this instance Juniors, has been Logan Hannah who competed in the 2014 SWS World Finals and has progressed into the Junior Max category where she goes wheel-to-wheel with the best of them.
Other ladies to watch out for on the day include: Alisia Khneisser, Maria Moulayess, Georgeina Marker, Anastassiya Safanova, Gaia Eichenberger, Tara Eichenberger, Amna Al Qubais, Carol Van Beusekom, Abi Birch, Tamsin Germain and Nadia Khan.

Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch said: “Karting in the UAE is no longer a male dominated sport. Even in the leisure Arrive & Drive side we see many more women, of all nationalities, partaking in sessions than ever before. This in turn has seen female drivers move to the next level which is participation SWS Sprint racing and Rotax Max championship. For us it is no surprise that there is such a big contingent of female drivers in action this weekend at the O-Plate Race Day. I think the real surprise is how many of the lady drivers will be on the podium come the end of the day,” added Trutch.
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