Dubai Kartdrome will host the tenth season of endurance karting when the 2015 Endurance Championship driven by Mini gets underway this Friday (6 March) with the series opening 12 Hours race.
Reigning champions Batelco have decided not to participate in the forthcoming championship, which sets the stage for an all new pecking order as several top teams will be jostling for the numebr one spot on the podium.
Muliple champions CG Racing have always been the team to take the battle to Batelco, and will inevitably be the team to beat this season as they target the rare, and hard to get, triple crown, namely claiming the title in: Pro Category, Nations Cup and the Corporate Category which they scooped in 2013 and in doing so became the first team to achieve the feat.
Under team manager Habib Chouery – and drivers including ex-karting world champion David Terrien, along with UAE champions Rami Azzam and Piers-Pakenham Walsh – the team mean business as usual and with four teams in their arsenal their intent is crystal clear. Most likely challengers for the top prize in the four rounds series are Dubai Falcon Racing Team spearheaded by local heroes Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum and Saeed Al Mehairi, former champions Dojomoto Mach 1 and the all Emirati line-up of Mini Dubai.
As always the start of the new season throws up several ‘unknown quantities’ and among these are the likes of the three team Globcom outfit, Dubai5 who have the drivers to challenge for the top spots and Blacklist. In the Corporate Category CG Racing have two potent teams who know the way to victory lane and will again be hard to beat, but will nevertheless face a concerted challenge from regular front runners Fly Emirates and Team Emirates, along with Lukoil Racing.
Speaking ahead of the season opener on Friday, Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch said: “Once again we have to thank Mini for backing this edition of the Endurance Championship. Their commitment to the series has helped it grow each year. We have a very strong field for the opening round on Friday, with severeal teams expected to fight for victory. There are some seasoned campaigners out there and there really is no room for error. I predict that the team with the best strategy, who make no mistakes will celebrate on the top step of the Kartdrome podium,” added Trutch.
Track action on Friday starts at 09:30am with Free Practice, followed by fifteen minutes of qualifying at 10:45am with the race set to be flagged off at 12:00noon. The chequered flag will wave 12 hours later, at midnight, to bring proceedings to an end, and will be followed by the podium ceremony.