Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches (JESS) claimed their second successive victory in the 2016 Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) after being pushed hard throughout an enthralling one-hour endurance race at Dubai Kartdrome on Sunday evening.
The race will be remembered for five changes in the lead during the 47 laps, and the fact that the top six were all on the same lap when the chequered flag waved to end proceedings, with the top three crossing the line within 15 seconds.
Fresh from winning the opening round earlier in the month, JESS, with Eliot Jones, Max Tryggvason and Sam Burtonwood on driving duty, set themselves as the team to beat.
Starting from fifth on the grid, Jones drove a strong early stint and established his team among the pace setters. Although they led for the bulk of the race, nothing was certain until the very end when they took victory by 10.8 seconds.
“We only started fifth but we got a good start and managed to pull away. We won but it was a lot more difficult this time as the teams are getting better with every outing. The plan is to keep the momentum and win the championship,” Jones said.
Ghost Racing Team, consisting of Sameer Mohideen, Sayed Taifur, Samuel Garbutt and Lorenze Terrone, impressed as they did the first time out finishing second and with it doing enough to claim top spot in the ‘race-within-the-race’ Nomad Class.
Garbutt was the star of the team claiming the fastest lap time of 1:10.381 during the race, he summed up: “We had a very good race. We did lose quite some time at the beginning but were able to make that up. Last time we were over half a minute behind, now it is ten seconds – so we are closing the gap. We ended up on the podium and can say we did a good job today. The goal is to win the next one.”
Third overall was Repton School, making their debut in round two, with experienced karter Fraser Rose teaming up with Matthew Elliot and Harrison Mitchell. The trio signaling their intent by constantly being among the pace setters on the way to a podium finish.
Dubai English Speaking College 1 Team, of Giulio Peroni, Jad Makarem and Jason Walton, finished fourth after slugging it out with school-mates Henry Jenkins, Harrison Barnes and Ibrahim Yaqub, in the Dubai English Speaking College 3 Team, who crossed the finish line in fifth.
Newcomers German International School, of Goffredo Contucci, Oscar Sondermann and Justin Thielecke, also enjoyed an impressive debut on their way to sixth place overall and on the same lap as the leaders when the race ended.
Cambridge International School were seventh, ahead of VDR Racing in eighth, Emirates International School Meadows ninth and MC Falcon rounding out the top ten.
“It was another very positive night for the ESKC. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the drivers and teams which really had the Kartdrome buzzing throughout the event,” ESKC race director David Bright said.
“It was also good to see the improvement in driving standards which in turn resulted in a very exciting and close run contest. We are confident the ESKC will go from strength to strength.”
Round 3 of the four-race championship takes place on 20 March 2016 at the Kartdrome.
From the Dubai International Boat Show to the Abu Dhabi Triathlon, there is an event to suit all interests.
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Tuesday, March 1
March sees the return of Middle East’s most popular marine industry exhibition to the Dubai International Marine Club.
The Marina Display and Outdoor Display areas will showcase hundreds of boats, ranging from small leisure crafts to luxury super-yachts, while there will also be an array of water-sport suppliers and manufacturers in attendance.
The event attracts an average attendance of over 25,000 visitors and day tickets will be available at the gate.
VENUE: Dubai International Marine Club
WEBSITE: Dubai Boat Show
ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE
Friday, March 4
The UAE’s premier football competition continues with an exciting fixture list, which sees in-form Al Ahli away Dibba Al Fujairah, and Sharjah at home to Al Fujairah.
WEBSITE: Arabian Gulf League
ZURICH CORPORATE TOUCH 6S
Friday, March 4
The Zurich Corporate Touch 6s is back for its third year but with a few tweaks and changes to ensure it is the best possible experience yet.
The sport has changed from contact to touch rugby, which is relatively more accessible and has minimal contact to encourage more people to join in the fun without the fear of injury or strain.
It is suited for all ages for both men and women and UAE Touch, who are governed by the Federation of International Touch, has endorsed the event and will be running training clinics nearer to the event.
VENUE: Dubai Sports City
WEBSITE: UAE corporate touch 6s
ITU WORLD TRIATHLON ABU DHABI
Saturday, March 5
The Abu Dhabi event – one of only four World Triathlon Series events where Olympic qualification points are on offer – features a superb field with eight out of the world’s top-10 male triathletes confirmed for the second edition.
With a record-breaking five ITU World Championships to his name, Javier Gomez is a front runner for the title, but will face fierce competition from 25-year-old Mario Mola who is intent on retaining his Abu Dhabi title.
Alongside the professional race, there are Sprint, Olympic and Maxi distance events for amateurs. This year also sees the introduction of the Junior Aquathlon, where young triathletes (some aged just five!) get their chance to compete.
The event is spectator-friendly and features a large grandstand to take in the spectacle, while refreshment kiosks make this venue the perfect family day out.
VENUE: Abu Dhabi Corniche
WEBSITE: ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi
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