The NGK Racing Series will receive a major boost for the next round at Dubai Autodrome, on the weekend of 27 and 28 February, with Dragon Racing expected to enter a record ten cars including a posse of McLaren MP12s and Ferrari 458 GTs.
The Autodrome based outfit, spearheaded by team principal Leon Price at the wheel of a Ferrari, will have a formidable driver line-up with the likes of Rob Barff, Ray Grimes and Matt Bell flying the McLaren flag and Tani Hanna, Louis Dirrell and Quentin Wahl lining up on the grid also in the red of Ferrari.

Out to steal Dragon Racing thunder on the day will be a couple of Porsches run by Lechner Racing for Wolfgang Triller and Ralf Bohn. Thrown into the mix will be NGK Racing Series regulars including multiple UAE champion Costas Papantonis in his Gulf Petrochem Seat, while also featuring the race-within a-race UAE Clio Cup where Alex Annivas is the man to beat.

Also making a welcome return to the local scene is reigning Class 2 champion Jonathan Mullan who will share driving duties along with Umair Khan. BMW 130i drivers Marcel Kusin and Petr Valek have each entered a car in K&K Racing Team and Valek Autosport colours.

Also on the bill during a busy weekend at the Autodrome will be two rounds Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East featuring the region’s best drivers battling it out for the most prestigious motorsport prize in the GCC, along with championship rounds of the Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf 1000 and UAE Sportbikes. Dubai Autodrome general manager Richard Birch said: “We look forward to a good weekend of racing where we will witness some of the biggest grids we have had in recent years. We hope the weekend goes some way to serve as the catalyst to encourage competitors to return to the UAE championships, and inspire others to try their hand at racing as the NGK Racing Series can accommodate just about any race car out there.”

Races takes place on Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 February, with free entry for spectators who will have easy access to the paddock and grandstands.

Ben Potter

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