The UAE has a 15 drivers entered at the IAME International Final 2016 taking place in Le Mans France from 10th -16th October 2016.
The IAME International Final is one of the biggest karting events in the world with over 400 drivers entered across 5 classes. The winner in each class is crowned X30 World Champion.
Most entries are qualified from winning their respective X30 championship in their home country X30 race series.
UAE drivers are represented across all five X30 classes; the UAE driver line up is:
- Lachlan Robinson – X30 Junior
- Liam Crystal – X30 Junior
- Shimab Al Habsi – X30 Junior
- Enzo Fontanella – X30 Junior
- Omar Alami – X30 Senior
- Fraser Rose – X30 Senior
- Jakob Robinson – X30 Senior
- Maz Chughtai – X30 Senior
- Craig Shenton – X30 Master
- Kevin Day – X30 Master
- Nadia Khan – X30 Master
- Tom Bale – X30 Super
- Sean Babington – X30 Super Shifter
- Hussain Umid Ali - X30 Super Shifter
- Alex Annivas – X30 Super Shifter
This is a record number of drivers from the UAE entered in a single race event. Most drivers won their place in the International Final by qualifying at the X30 Challenge UAE, with others entering the competition directly.
Registration For UAE RMC 2016-17 Season Now Open
Registration for the upcoming UAE Rotax Max Challenge is now open for competitors wishing to compete in either the UAE Rotax Max Challenge or the newly announced Rotax Challenge Trophy racing series organised by Al Ain Raceway.
The new Rotax Challenge Trophy championship will be held over 8 rounds and run alongside the main Rotax Max Challenge series.
Entry forms and series information can be found here
The X30 Challenge UAE will give away AED 49,000 in prizes to competitors in the 2016 / 2017 championship
The top three championship finishers in each class will be awarded gift vouchers to spend on IAME products. Tickets for the IAME International Final will also be awarded to the top three finishers in the Junior, Senior, Master and Shifter classes.
The 2016/2017 X30 Challenge UAE will hold round 4 of the championship at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi.
Round 4 of the championship will take place at Al Forsan on 17th February 2017. Al Forsan is considered as the best karting facility in the region and is a firm favorite with drivers.
The addition of Al Forsan to the 2016/2017 calendar will now see the X30 Challenge UAE race on three different circuits across the UAE.
The continued commitment by the series organisers to improve the championship by adding Al Forsan to the X30 race calendar will be very popular with all current and future competitors in the race series.
The 2016/2017 UAE X30 Challenge UAE calendar can be viewed here
Rd1 winners, CG Racing laments penalties to take second following a race-long battle but claims Corporate and Nations Cup honours
Dubai, UAE, 30 April, 2016:
A titanic battle between karting stalwarts CG Racing and BatelcoDrag965 Racing raged through the night for outright honours with the Bahraini Batelco boys eventually winning round two of the 2016 Kartdrome Endurance Championship Driven by Mini, by less than 11 seconds.
The start of the 600-lap race was waved off at 7pm as a packed grid of 30 teams took to the LeMans-style start on Friday, 29 April, but all eyes were on the race-long duel out front between the rival teams with BatelcoDrag965 emerging victorious by 10.416 seconds after almost 13 hours on track.
Comprising drivers Mohammed Matter, Ramez Azzam, Vincent Fraisse and Mohammed Al Mutawwa, Batelco swapped the lead with CG Racing numerous times but it came down to an all-out sprint with strong driving by both teams after the last of the compulsory 18 pit stops were completed with 25 laps remaining.
Batelco’s final driver, Mattar matched the lap times of CG’s David Terrien for much of the last stint to maintain his winning margin with both teams clocking near identical pairings of 1:10.06 and 1:10.08 second laps after 12 hours.
“The guys did a fantastic job. They were on the pace and were consistent all the way throughout the night,” Batelco’s team manager Kumail Al Musawai said.
“They did a brilliant job on the strategy which put us in the best position to win the race that began with the correct call for the team during the first full course yellow period early in the race,” he added.
For CG Racing, winners of Round One of the 2016 Kartdrome Endurance Championship, it was a case of missed opportunities for drivers Terrien, Rami Azzam, Piers Pakenham-Walsh and Alban Varutti on track.
“We were close the whole race but we made some mistakes where we lost a bit more than 20 seconds that dropped us to 25 seconds behind,” Captain and Driver, David Terrien said after his final stint.
“We caught Batelco and took the lead with two hours to go and then we got another penalty and so we lost because of a few penalties which is never very nice but it was fair and we have to accept that at this level of racing, a single mistake costs heavily,” he said.
Pole position went to MINI Dubai after an intense 10-minute session, clocking the fastest lap of 1:10.731 from LD, Dubai Falcon Racing, CG Pro and BatelcoDragon965 Racing.
Proving the competitiveness yet again of the series, the top 10 qualifiers were covered by just 0.3 seconds with the fastest 17 karts separated by less than a second.
A full course yellow on lap 30 to retrieve a stranded kart after an accident bunched the field up and caused several to change strategies but once green, it was a traffic jam of battles right through the field.
As the temperature dropped, so did the lap times with the fastest lap of the race going to CG’s Alban Varutti after the Frenchman became the only driver to drop below the 1:10’s with a blistering 1:09.905 set just before dawn.
It was only minutes later that the team suffered its knock-out blow with a 30 second penalty for an on-track infringement that potentially cost them the race.
Further down the field and an equally epic dice for third and fourth emerged between ENOC-NH8 and Mach1 in the final hour following the last pit stops which also threatened rain for the closing stages but thankfully held off until after the chequered flag.
Following the last stop, Mach1 held a 7.9 second gap to ENOCH-NH8 which was quickly eaten away at a rate of 8/10th s of a second per lap until ENOCH-NH8 grabbed the final podium place with 11 laps remaining, eventually crossing the line in third, 9.99 seconds clear of Mach1.
The team’s jubilation was quickly overturned however when race stewards imposed a three-lap penalty for exceeding the driver stint time and they were relegated to eighth.
In total, five teams suffered the same post race penalty including Lukoil Racing, Dubai Falcon Racing Team, pole sitters MINI Dubai and IUM Racing.
“A lot of teams fell foul to the driver stint time and ran over their times by a couple of minutes which ended up giving five penalties at the end of the race,” Kartdrome Manager, Ryan Trutch said.
“But well done to Batelco and CG Pro who finished first and second with just 10 seconds separating them and also a big congratulations to Omantel Ozone and Omantel Makasib who won the Spirit Of The Event and the Newbie Trophy for coming all the way from Oman.
“Plus a big thank you to Yalla MINI who supported the event with a huge display of cars and launched the new MINI cabrio over the weekend. They had a great turnout and added to the great atmosphere this race is known for,” he added.
Winners in the corporate class was CG Racing in fifth outright from Fly Emirates who finished 12th outright and CG Academy in 17th outright. The Nations Cup for teams comprised of one nationality again went to Lebanon’s CG Racing in fifth outright from the Russian LD team in seventh and the all-Indian ENOC-NH8 squad coming home in eighth place overall.
With summer approaching, the 2016 Kartdrome Endurance Championship Driven by Mini takes a break and returns with the 700km round three race in October followed by the season finale 24-hour in December.
Top Ten Overview:
1. BatlecoDrag965 600lLaps
2. CG Racing PRO 600 laps
3. Mach1 596 laps
4. Globcom – Flame 595 laps
5. CG Racing 595 laps
6. Team Emirates 594 laps
7. LD 594 laps
8. ENOC – NH 8 593 laps
9. Bin Drai Karting Team 593 laps
10. Pirelli 592 laps
The second round of the 2016 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship takes place this coming weekend 29-30 April at dubai Kartdrome.
Round 2 of the endurance championship is a 600 lap endurance race.
A full grid of 30 teams is entered, Racing starts at 19:00 on Friday and is expected to finsih at 7am on Saturday morning.
Top 10 Standings after Round 1:
- CG Racing PRO 563
- Batelco Racing 563
- Dubai Falcon Racing Team 561
- LD Racing 560
- Mach1 560
- Globcom 560
- MINI Dubai 559
- ENOC – NH 8 559
- Team Emirates 559
- Globcom – Racing 559