Roll Racing: Time to put your driving skills to the test at Dubai Autodrome

Alex Broun 3/03/2018
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Ever wanted to test yourself and your car on a real race track?

Well here’s your chance with Roll Racing DXB at Dubai Autodrome.

Roll Racing is an exciting new initiative aimed at taking racing off the streets and into a safe and controlled environment.

Held regularly on Thursday nights at the Autodrome, Roll Racing DXB is modified drag racing.

You and your car race against another vehicle from a rolling start of 40kph followed by a drag race of 250m down the straight at the Autodrome.

The event is open to both cars and SUVs. At a recent event even some novelty vehicles took part – such as mini minors and combi vans – but most of the cars have a little more firepower.

Only two cars race at a time at this carefully controlled event where safety – and fun – are the top priority.

Held twice a month – all year – between 50 and 100 cars roll up for each event and around 1,000 spectators pack the grandstand, which provides some real racing atmosphere.

Roll Racing has become one of the Autodromes most popular events for a number of reasons.

Get ready for some real drag racing at Dubai Autodrome

Get ready for some real drag racing at Dubai Autodrome

Firstly it provides a platform for road users to use their cars to their potential in a safe environment.

It also raises awareness of the dangers of driving dangerously or speeding on the road.

Why drive your car dangerously on the road – risking accidents and heavy police fines – when you can see what it can really do on one of the region’s top race tracks?

By providing this valuable community service Dubai Autodrome has built Roll Racing DXB into a sustainable event which is also developing important new community links.

See what you and your car can really do on the race track

See what you and your car can really do on the race track

The running order for each Roll Racing DXB night is as follows:

Vehicles and drivers arrive at Dubai Autodrome at 19:00.

All vehicles then undergo a basic safety check for any obvious issues and drivers receive a safety briefing before going on circuit.

Vehicles then move out to the circuit and line up in a two by two formation. You get to choose who you will race against.

As pairs of cars reach the starting position they are counted down – like a real race – and drag race for 250m ending at the finish line.

Once the drag race is complete the drivers slow down and cruise around the circuit to their original positions.

They then get to choose another partner to race against and do it all over again. Depending on how many other cars are there you could race ten to twenty times in one night.

For a true racing experience this is one not to miss.

Registration is AED420 per car – you can book online – with spectators just AED20.

What: Roll Racing DXB
Where: Dubai Autodrome
When: March 29 from 19:00
More information: www.dubaiautodrome.com

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Khaled Al Suwaidi begins his journey at 06:00 on Saturday

A UAE-based doctor began his grueling 80-hour run through the Emirates on Saturday to raise awareness of cancer.

Dr Khaled Al Suwaidi embarked on his inspiring Rahma Run ultramarathon attempt from Fujairah Terminals at 06:00, with Al Suwaidi expected to complete the 327-kilometre journey by 18:00 on Monday, ending at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi.

Al Suwaidi is aiming to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Patient Care Society-Rahma, with the event coinciding with the Year of Zayed celebrations.

In attendance was Al Suwaidi’s father, Professor Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, director general of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) and chairman of the board of directors of the Cancer Patient Care Society-Rahma.

He said: “It shows the commitment of the UAE’s youth to follow in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who instilled in all of us the love of humanitarian work. The result is that our beloved country has become a pioneer in this field.”

Yesterday evening, Al Suwaidi had passed the 55km mark in eight hours and was due to arrive in Maleha, Fujairah with his coach, ultramarathon specialist Lee Harris, who was very happy with his progress so far.

“It is important for Khaled to maintain a pace we have been working on during training,” said Harris.

“Running the distance he is trying to achieve is incredible and he is putting his body through extreme stresses. He will receive physiotherapy treatment and take on lots of nutritious food during small rest breaks throughout the run.

“He can’t stop for too long otherwise his body will start to seize up and starting to run again will become too difficult.”

The run is expected to take between 60–80 hours. You can follow Al Suwaidi’s journey via a live GPS link on www.therahmarun.com and on Twitter and Instagram @therahmarun.

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Throughout the two-day event (January 18 and 19) more than 50 of the UAE’s best urban racers will put their street racing machines to the test in the region’s rawest, grittiest, ultra-competitive environment and battle it out for more than Dh25,000 in cash prizes.

Spectators can watch drivers and their souped-up machines compete across five separate categories that include; 4×4 Super Street SUV’; ‘Index 11.5’; ‘Index 10.5’; ‘Index 9.0’ and ‘Super Street – Open Category’.

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Those quickest off the line can win a range of cash prizes, with Dh5,000 going to third place, Dh10,000 for second, and Dh15,000 for first.

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For more information on Yas Super Street Challenge, visit: www.yasmarinacircuit.com or call 800 YAS (927).

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