UAE National Racing is back. It was a long break over the summer, but the Dubai Autodrome hosted Round 1 of the 2010/2011 season last weekend and there was some interesting machinery out on the circuit.
The newly-liveried Clio 197 of Frederic Gaillard of NFS Racing was brooding in the pits before hitting the track in anger. The heat was pretty intensive for everyone out on track and caused all the drivers to lose a few kilos of weight in sweat. It was bad enough for me wandering around the track, so the conditions in the cabins must have been hardcore!
Khalid Bin Hadher from Performance Garage looking pretty good as he got himself comfortable in the SEAT Leon Supercopa. He had a storming first round taking the win just 1.623 seconds ahead of Andre Ramdhanny in the MSW car. Unfortunately, Khalid suffered a fuse problem in round 2 which saw him delayed in leaving the pits. Andre jumped on the opportunity and romped home nearly 40 seconds ahead of Khalid.
Umair Khan from Lap57 had a good weekend out on the track with his Honda Civic finishing 2nd in Class 2 in both races. Eagle-eyed readers might spot the crankandpiston.com sticker on the front wing. Keep your eyes pealed for these stickers cropping up on a host of cars in all fields over the course of the season. If you’re racing this season and want some C&P love, then drop us a line.
Jeremy Lester was having a ball in his Caterham in the new UAE Sportscar Championship. Though it might not be up to the pace of the front runnings Radicals, we can’t but envy him as we watch him blast through the corners.
Speaking of Sports Cars… Buzz was out in the Juno as run by NFS Racing for the first time. He was finding the driving style to be a little different to his Radical (which is for sale, if anyone’s interested) and struggled to match the pace of Jordan in the front-running car. Unfortunately, electrical gremlins saw him fail to complete Race 1, and put him out for Race 2. He’ll be hoping everything is good again for the next outing in early November.
Spencer Van Derpal was driving the wheels of his Civic in Race 1, topping the Class 2 field and finishing 3rd overall. The racing gods weren’t on his side in Race 2 though as he struggled with overheating and nursed the car to the flag finishing 5th in class.
Nadir Zuhour’s SEAT was looking cracking in its black and orange livery, but unfortunately didn’t turn a wheel in anger after succumbing to electrical problems after practice and qualifying.
The next round of UAE Racing takes places next weekend on Friday 22nd October. It promises to be a cracking weekend of action as the UAE GTs will be wheeled out for the first time alongside the Touring Cars.