Dubai, UAE, 22 January 2018: Nomad class VDR Racing and Ghost Racing Team continue to wage a back and forth battle, with Sameer Mohideen, Samuel Garbutt and Mateo Moussaoui of Ghost Racing Team striking back to win Senior Round Three of the Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC) at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night (22 January).
The Nomad class, for teams with students from different schools racing together, again dominated the night, with the top three places on the overall race podium all filled by Nomad teams.
Ghost Racing Team started the season well with a Round One triumph, only to have arch rivals VDR Racing snatch Round Two and the championship lead. Now the momentum is back with Ghost Racing Team.
In qualifying VDR Racing notched up a best lap of 1:11.332, just ahead of JESS Nomad with a best lap time of 1:11.420. Ghost Racing Team jumped both teams with a scorching lap time of 1:10.941 to take pole position.
After the start lights went out, the three racers of Ghost Racing Team went about their business with extreme precision, keeping their lap times steady and pit stops timed to perfection.
Samuel Garbutt remarked, “If you’re not consistent, you’re not in it, essentially. It’s so important to be consistent, to make sure every pit stop is trimmed down to the second. That’s what won it today.”
If you’re not consistent, you’re not in it
Garbutt, driving the final stint for Ghost Racing Team, crossed the finish line a full 5.422 seconds ahead of JESS Nomad Team, with VDR Racing trailing in for third place. The win put Ghost Racing Team back in control of the Nomad championship with a total of 95 points.
Four points back, VDR Racing is still in great position with a total of 91 points. JESS Nomad Team is also a contender, currently sitting in third on 88 points. Eliot Jones of JESS Nomad Team put in the fastest lap of the night, an incredible 1:10.212 and his third fastest lap award in a row.
Fourth in the race and first in ESKC class, Henry Jenkins, Thomas Raw, and Jaden Taylor of Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) Team 6 notched up its second victory of the season, by a comfortable 25.416 seconds ahead of Swiss International Scientific Dubai (SISD) Senior Team.
The class win put DESC Team 6 in control of the ESKC championship with a total of 74 points. Dropping down into second place, SISD Senior Team are only three points back on 71. Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches are chasing both teams with a total of 62 points.
The fourth and final round of the 2017-2018 Senior ESKC Championship will be held at Dubai Kartdrome on March 11th, 2018.
Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether