Love motorsport? Always wanted to give it a go, but never had the dollar? Then you, my friend, need to look into karting. It’s the most affordable form of motorsport around and can offer the thrill of close racing without the risk of stacking your carefully-built car into a wall.
This weekend sees the second event in the 2012 Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship, held – as the name suggests – at the Dubai Kartdrome. The 12 Hour race will play host to 27 teams looking to drive as fast and as far as they can from 9pm Friday to 9am Saturday.
The beauty of this particular championship is that entrants don’t need any equipment at all. Well, shoes are a good idea, but that’s it. All the 390cc Sodi karts are provided, and helmets, gloves and race suits are included for those that don’t have them. All you need to do is gather a few mates together, pay the entry fee, and you’re ready to race against a range of rivals from pro to amateur.
Come this weekend, we – well, I – will be doing just that, taking part in the race with the Mediaboltz team and trying to dislodge the current championship leaders Batelco (above). Expect pics and a write up next week, where I’ll try and convince you that karting knocks spots off Gran Turismo or Forza.