All systems go for Dubai 24 Hours with free entry for race fans Under the patronage of His Highness Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the countdown to the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai has begun. Eighty teams,...
All systems go for Dubai 24 Hours with free entry for race fans
Under the patronage of His Highness Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the countdown to the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai has begun. Eighty teams, five hundred drivers from twenty six different countries, over a thousand team crew members and tons of equipment are scheduled to arrive at Dubai Autodrome this weekend, for the race on 14, 15 and 16 January 2010.
The 24 Hours of Dubai will be running for the fifth year and His Highness, in a message in the race programme, said, "This event has become a fixture of our city's sporting calendar. We expect around 80 entries from 26 countries which is the perfect way to start the year's international motor racing calendar."
The race marks the start of the international 2010 road racing season and has grown in stature to become one of the biggest 24 hour races of its kind. Dubai Autodrome Chairman Saeed Khalfan commented, "It is known that last year, perhaps due to global economic conditions, similar 24 hour races in Europe failed to attract big fields. In fact some were actually cancelled. With eighty teams coming to Dubai we are very proud that our venue still has the ability to attract top motor racing teams and drivers. Our event, in the UAE, is one that no one wants to miss."
Of the eighty teams to do battle in the grueling 24 hours endurance race, eleven have UAE roots and include a large number of locally based drivers. Teams include the likes of Lap57 Racing, AUH Motorsport, DXB Racing, Zengo Dubai Team Motorsport and Duel Racing. Al Faisal Racing will be making the trip from Saudi Arabia.
Emirati drivers who will be in the thick of the action include: the Al Owais brothers Mohammed and Omran, Saeed Al Mehairi, Humaid and Al Masaood. While UAE Based drivers who are regular campaigners in the local UAEW National Championships include: Julian Griffin, John Simmonds, Carl Rolaston, Frederic Gaillard, Umair Khan and the Moutran clan Ramzi, Sami and Nabil. Several more drivers are likely to be signed up closer to the time.
The 24 Hours of Dubai has become an annual tradition and invariably throws up some major challenges to the competitors. Conditions can be fierce, with rain a distinct possibility. Teams that are well prepared and plan for all eventualities, who can couple this to a fast and consistent pace will no doubt feature in the final reckoning.
The event organisers, Creventic BV and Dubai Autodrome, have focused on making the race a family friendly affair with many off track attractions to keep fans entertained. Also for the first time there will be a Superkarts support race, which will be making their debut at the circuit.
Chairman Khalfan explains, "We want families to come out and enjoy the two days of action. Of course we cannot expect people to stay all 24 hours but personally I highly recommend that spectators make the effort to be here at the 2pm start because the sight of 80 cars in full flight in the opening stages of the race ranks up there as a spectacle in the mould of the 24 hour classics such as Le Mans and Daytona. And of course the finish the following day is always an emotional affair. In between, fans have easy access to the teams and drivers while a myriad of off-track activities in the paddock and grandstand area will keep everyone entertained."
Track action for the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai starts on Thursday, 14 January with free practice, qualifying and night practice. The race will start on Friday, 15 January at 2 pm and finish 24 hours later.
-source: dubai autodrome