Dubai, UAE, 18 September 2020: Kyle Kumaran captured pole position for EBC Brakes (#19) on the new All-Star GP Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome and his team is now battling to keep the frontrunner spot in the second round of the Endurance Championship with EBC Racing (#20) and championship leader Motorsport Wheels (#21).
For the first time in Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship history, both the Indoor and Outdoor circuits were combined to create one mega kart track—the All-Start GP Circuit. This colossal chunk of tarmac attracted 31 teams to line up and take the challenge.
SWS sprint veterans Kyle Kumaran and Arjun Manjunath teamed up to lead EBC Brakes to the front of the grid with Kumaran nailing the tricky new circuit with a best lap time of 1:40.808, just 0.097 seconds clear of the all-Portuguese squad of Stop and GO UAE (#22).
Duarte Lopes of Stop and GO UAE managed to overtake Kumaran in the opening laps to kick off the 6-hour endurance race, but his team, with drivers Andre Ban Diera and Salvador Rato, have since tumbled down the order into ninth.
After 162 laps and almost four hours of racing, EBC Brakes has regained the lead, cruising just over second quicker than its partner team, EBC Racing, with karting aces Maz Nawaz and Anjum Shaikh.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether