Dubai, UAE, 14 August 2018: Romaldo Labrooy and Anjum Shaikh of Dubai Falcons Racing Team were relentless in pursuit of their third win in a row at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday (13 August), wrapping up the 2018 Sodi World Series (SWS) Summer Enduro Cup Championship in top form.
Arjun Manjunath of Emirates PRO presented a challenge to the Dubai Falcons early on by securing pole position with a best lap time of 52.358 on the Speedway Bus Stop Circuit at Dubai Kartdrome.
However, endurance races are not won on a single fast lap, and the steady and controlled driving by veterans Labrooy and Shaikh made all the difference in the race. After 145 laps and over two hours of racing, Dubai Falcons Racing Team made it look easy, with Anjum Shaikh crossing the finish line a full 22.798 seconds ahead of Emirates PRO.
Championship rivals, SLD Racing, struggled in the final round, settling for a fifth-place finish and leaving the door wide open for Dubai Falcons Racing Team to walk home with the title.
Over the three rounds of the SWS Summer Enduro Cup, the Dubai Falcons were near perfect in their pursuit of the 2018 title. They racked up three straight victories, two pole positions, one fastest lap and 153 total championship points.
Muteb Alsaqhan and Duarte Lopes of SLD Racing collected 128 points for second-place, just four points above Mohammed Ismail and Saeed Al Mehairi of Al Ain Falcons Racing Team with 124 points and the third step on the championship podium.
Dubai Kartdrome Manager David Bright remarked, “The new format and track layouts made each event unique, testing the abilities of each team on how quickly they could adapt to changes.”
The track variations in each round may have been difficult for some drivers, but winner Anjum Shaikh enjoyed the challenge. He said, “Great championship and the best part was the three different tracks.”
Along with the winning trophy, Labrooy and Shaikh also received prizes, including free entry into Round Three of the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship (19-20 October) and hotel vouchers by the Park Inn by Radisson in MotorCity.
David Bright said, “Congratulations to Romaldo and Anjum. They demonstrated spectacular driving on their way to a well-earned victory to take the first Summer Enduro Cup title. I’d also like to thank George Gibbons Motorsport (GGM) and Park Inn by Radisson in MotorCity for supporting the series and providing great prizes for the top teams.”
“I’m also really pleased how well the Summer Enduro Cup was received. We had drivers who flew in from Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Oman for EACH event! We also saw rising endurance karting stars of the future in Khalifa Al Qubaisiand and Patrick Debattista; at just 14 years old, they were the youngest drivers to enter on the night. Well done!”
2018 Prizes Awarded:
- GGM Test Day Vouchers: Emirates Pro
- Park Inn by Radisson in MotorCity Hotel Vouchers: Dubai Falcons Racing Team
- Free Entry Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship RD3: Dubai Falcons Racing Team
- Park Inn by Radisson in MotorCity Pool/Lunch Vouchers: SLD Racing & Al Ain Falcons Racing Team
- Park Inn by Radisson in MotorCity Dinner Vouchers: Emirates PRO & Cambridge ME Interiors
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Arthur Rosales