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2018 Endurance Championship RD4: Qualifying

Dubai, UAE, 14 December 2018:  The fourth and final round of the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship kicked into gear on Friday morning (14 December) with drivers and teams from around the world ready to challenge the iconic 24-hour endurance race.

The opening qualifying stage witnessed a flurry of fastest lap times in the closing minutes of the session with Bin Drai Karting Team, LD Russia, Cambridge Middle East Interiors, WEK-World Endurance Karting, Emirates PRO, 69er Racers and Superdryver Olexco all getting a chance at the top spot.

In the final lap it was German driver Claudio Mack of TONI-Sport by RAVENOL who surprised the field by jumping ahead with an incredible last-gasp 1:14.060 lap time, pipping LD Russia by just seven thousandths of a second.

TONI-Sport by RAVENOL in control early on. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
TONI-Sport by RAVENOL in control early on. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

The second stage of qualifying was a nine-lap sprint race to determine the starting line-up for the final endurance contest.  The first lap was marred with chaos on Turn 9 of the Hill Circuit, resulting in red flags and a restart.

The second attempt went off without incident and in the remaining eight classified laps, it was local karting ace Saeed Al Mehairi of Cambridge Middle East Interiors who moved up from third on the grid to slide past TONI-Sport by RAVENOL and Emirates PRO to take the win.

Cambridge Middle East Interiors nabbed pole position. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Cambridge Middle East Interiors nabbed pole position. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Click here for Qualifying Results

Click here for Sprint Race Results

Sprint Race Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Sprint Race Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Report and Photos: Aaron Meriwether

 

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