Dubai, UAE, 27 February 2020: The first round of the 2020 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by Motorsport Wheels kicks off on Friday (28 February) and drivers will enjoy many new changes to the classic series, including a grand prize that gives the overall winning team free entry into an endurance race at former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso’s kart track, Museo Y Circuito, in Spain.
In addition to the premium prize, new rules have been introduced this year to further enhance the experience of what is already a legendary endurance series, now in its 16th edition. Motorsport Wheels embarks on its first full season as title sponsor for the championship, and drivers will benefit with the supply of high-performance EBC Brakes in every Sodi RX8 race kart.
Four Challenging Rounds
Each round of karting is as exciting as it gets, with every stage having a different objective. Round One is 400 Laps of endurance racing, Round Two is 7 Hours and Round 3 is run for 700 Kilometers. Round Four is the grand finale, pushing teams for a challenging 24 Hours on track.
New Category Format
In addition to the overall rankings, teams have several choices of categories. Teams that have drivers all from the same company can compete in the Corporate Class. Drivers of the same nationality can challenge the Nations Cup and there is even a special GCC Cup category, for teams comprised entirely from one GCC nationality (UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & Saudi Arabia).
The opening round will introduce the first running of the Reverse Switchback with Hill Circuit, an incredibly challenging layout that will be entertaining for veterans and rookies alike.
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “Every year we listen to driver feedback and we try to implement a few new things in the next season. For 2020 we’re happy to introduce even more changes than usual, with every aspect of the championship upgraded.”
“When you also include the premium Sodi racing karts outfitted with high-caliber EBC Brakes, a mix of exciting circuit configurations and a chance to win the right to race on Fernando Alonso’s track in Spain, we believe the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by Motorsport Wheels has plenty to offer to drivers and teams.”
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether