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Round Three Victory for Bin Drai Karting Team

Dubai, UAE, 19 October 2019:  Defending Pro Champion, Bin Drai Karting Team, with Portuguese drivers Duarte Lopes, Andre Caido and Miguel Neto, earned its first win of the year in Round Three of the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by MSW early Saturday morning (19 October,) to close the Pro championship gap on frontrunner Emirates Racing.

Bin Drai Strikes Back
After 700 kilometres and over twelve hours of endurance kart racing on the 1.25-kilometre Reverse Switchback Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome, Lopes crossed the finish line to secure the overall win for Bin Drai Karting Team, as well Pro category and Nations Cup victory trophies.

Lopes over the line for Bin Drai Karting Team (7). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Lopes over the line for Bin Drai Karting Team (7). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Bin Drai Karting Team Strategist Mihajlo Mulaji remarked, “There is a pressure always.  Last year we won four-out-of-four races, and this time the first races we were only P2 and there was a lot of pressure building up.  However, meanwhile we drove the Mini Enduro Cup (10 June to 2 September) and won three-out-of-three races and we’re back to business.”

Emirates Racing Leads Pro Championship
Arjun Manjunath, Romaldo Labrooy and Ramez Azzam of Emirates Racing hounded the defending champs throughout the Round Three contest but ended up two laps short when the chequered flag waved to conclude the 700 kilometres of racing

Still in the Driver's Seat: Emirates Racing (17). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Still in the Driver’s Seat: Emirates Racing (17). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

However, Emirates Racing, with 115 championship points in the Pro category, maintains a narrow five-point lead over Bin Drai Karting Team (110 points) going in the fourth and final round on 13-14 December at Dubai Kartdrome.

Team Emirates Defending Corporate Title
Another squad from the Emirates Group Karting Club (EGKC), Team Emirates, with drivers Jiby Kuriakose, Hugo de Frutos Maeso and Mohd Zubair, placed third overall, topping the Corporate ranking over arch rival LD Russia.

Team Emirates (18) tops Corporate Category. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Team Emirates (18) tops Corporate Category. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Team Emirates Principal Redza Jamil said, “It was a long race for the Corporate team, especially that we decided to go for (only) three drivers, which was real tiring for the drivers, but it made for better strategy.”

Following three rounds, Team Emirates, with 115 championship points in the Corporate category, also has a slim 5-point gap over contenders LD Russia on 110 points.

LD Russia Chasing Corporate and Nations Cup
LD Russia, with drivers Dmitry Levin, Konstantin Mandrikov and Victor Agafanov, was looking strong for most of the race but then struggled down the stretch.  Despite challenging Bin Drai for the overall lead in the early stages of the contest, LD Russia ended up down in sixth place by the end of the night.

LD Russia is second in the Corporate Championship behind Team Emirates; however, the all-Russian squad is still firmly in command of the Nations Cup with a total of 115 points, well ahead of Saudi racers, Seven Racing, with 67 points.

Nations Cup leader LD Russia (10). Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Nations Cup leader LD Russia (10). Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Notable Commentary
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright said, “It was a great race. Bin Drai was the class of the field today with their strategy and consistent driving, adapting well to the challenging Reverse Switchback Circuit.  With Emirates Racing and Bin Drai Karting Team battling so close, it will be epic showdown for the final race in December.  Team Emirates versus LD Russia will also be an exciting contest to watch, as both teams are highly motivated to fight it out for the Corporate title.”

Bright added, “I’d also like to thank our Title Partner Motorsport Wheels for their support and providing the high-performance EBC Brakes that the competitors enjoyed this weekend.  We look forward to more great races together in this world-class championship.”

Motorsport Wheels CEO Jon Simmonds said, “The karting is a natural progression for us.  Me moved our business to the Autodrome complex business park about a year ago and David and the guys are doing a fantastic job here, so it’s normal for us to want to be aligned with them.”

Redza Jamil said, “Everybody enjoys themselves, everybody is happy; especially as team manager, I’m very happy with how things are run at Kardrome here.  It’s amazing.”

“It’s always very smooth, everybody is just so open, everybody is so friendly, and everyone is so approachable.  It’s smiles around and it’s like a big family here.”

 

Round 3 Overall Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Round 3 Overall Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Round 3 Overall Podium:

  1. Bin Drai Karting Team
  2. Emirates Racing
  3. Team Emirates
Round 3 Pro Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Round 3 Pro Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Round 3 Pro Podium:

  1. Bin Drai Karting Team
  2. Emirates Racing
  3. Motorsport Wheels
Round 3 Corporate Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Round 3 Corporate Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Round 3 Corporate Podium:

  1. Team Emirates
  2. LD Russia
  3. Redline Racing
Round 3 Nations Cup Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether
Round 3 Nations Cup Podium. Photo: Aaron Meriwether

 

Round 3 Nations Cup Podium:

  1. Bin Drai Karting Team (Portugal)
  2. LD Russia (Russia)
  3. Seven Racing (Saudi Arabia)

Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship Powered by MSW RD3 Results

Report & Photos: Aaron Meriwether

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