The country’s top leisure kart racing drivers will be in action when the 2013 Kartdrome Ramadan Challenge kicks off with the first round at the Indoor Kartdrome on Monday evening, and with the new series format being introduced organisers are expecting and action packed night.
Dubai Autodrome Kartdrome Ramadan Challenge To Begin
Top field ready for 2013 edition of Ramadan Challenge at the Indoor Kartdrome
Added to this is the fact that for the first time the tight and technical Indoor Kartdrome track configuration is being used for racing at this level, which in itself will be an interesting challenge for competitors.
Speaking ahead of the first round Kartdrome assistant manager David Bright explained, “The indoor will be something different. It will be a case of around 10 minutes of practice for each driver with nine races on the night in total, with each driver competing in three of these. With random starting grids it will be a case of damage limitation, strategy and scoring as many points as you can from where you start. The highest points scorer across the three heats will be declared the winner.”
There is not much advice you can give the 30 drivers entered on the night, as many of them are among the most experienced drivers in the Sodi World Series (SWS) ranking for which the Ramadan Challenge will count. The highest points scorers at the end of the season will partake in the SWS World Finals along with the top 80 drivers from around the globe.
Adding further incentive to proceedings is the fact that prizes will also be up for grabs, including an official test day with leading race team Energy Kart Dubai, with team Mechanic (worth AED 2,000), a race meeting in the Rotax Max Challenge round at Dubai Kartdrome fully paid for, including new tyres, fuel, mechanical support by Energy Race Team (worth AED4,600), Dubai Autodrome Race and Drive Center products, Kartdrome merchandise, free or reduced entries to remaing SWS Races, vouchers for OMP race wear prducts and TAG Heuer sunglasses.
Traditionally the Ramadan Challenge has been run at the outdoor Kartdrome, but in an effort to inject excitement and a novelty factor to this year’s series, the indoor will feature in two rounds out of four this season.
Bright said, “With the indoor rounds introduced, we have created an exciting vibe and injected interest into this format of racing. The objective is for all involved to have great close racing and fun, while promoting awareness of our indoor facility which is ideal for summer in Dubai.”
The nature of the indoor track – let’s call it the Monaco of karting – where precision, concentration coupled to consistent speed and wise strategy will require an astute race control team to ensure that all goes according to plan.
Bright is more than aware of what to expect, “Of late, driving standards in SWS have been high and thus very clean and fair. With the indoor, we are expecting some close racing. But we will be having a watchful eye for any advantage by contact and so on. To keep this in check, we have brought in extra race stewards and will implement the use of CCTV cameras around the circuit. We know the tricks.”
On track action on Monday night starts at 22:25 with the first of three free practice sessions. The first, of nine heat races, is scheduled to be flagged off at 23:05 with podium and prize-giving expected around 0:45.
This will be the first of four rounds of the 2013 Ramadan Challenge.
Provisional entry list for Round 1:
Abdulla Al Ali
Ahmed Al Baw
Anas Al Halabi
Atef Al Barwani
Hussain Umid Ali
Khalfan Bin Hamid
Mahmoud Abdel Nasser
Mohammed al Mutawa
Saeed Al Mehairi
Ali Al Mansoori
Tim Van Vliet
2013 Ramamdan Challenge Race Dates
- 15 Jul Ramadan Challenge Round 1
- 22 Jul Ramadan Challenge Round 2
- 29 Jul Ramadan Challenge Round 3
- 05 Aug Ramadan Challenge Round 4