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Asia: Dubai II: Circuit preview

Scores to be settled in Speedcar and GP2 Asia races this weekend The final round of the inaugural Grand Racing Championship takes place at Dubai Autodrome this weekend on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 April. After four rounds of action packed...

Scores to be settled in Speedcar and GP2 Asia races this weekend

The final round of the inaugural Grand Racing Championship takes place at Dubai Autodrome this weekend on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 April. After four rounds of action packed racing the "circus" comes to Dubai for what should be one of the most intriguing rounds of the Speedcar Series and the GP2 Asia Series.

The Speedcar Series has been the revelation of the international motorsport season as initial skepticism has been replaced by total enthusiasm for the big V8 stock car series dubbed "born in Dubai, built for speed". The sheer spectacle and outright competitiveness of the series has entrenched it as a crowd favourite and Dubai race fans have the added incentive of being able to witness the crowning of a new champion during Grand Racing on Saturday.

With a total of 78 points up for grabs in the two final races this weekend, mathematically there are five drivers who could grab the title in the final leg. Realistically the Champion's trophy is likely to go home with one of three drivers: Frenchman Jean Alesi, Germany's Uwe Alzen or Dubai based Frenchman David Terrien. Alesi has led the series for most of the season while Alzen has come good in the last few rounds where he has been awesomely quick but also prone to attracting controversy. Terrien meanwhile has steadily been accumulating points and keeping his title chances alive. Predicting a winner from among these three is a tough ask as all have particular strengths that could see them triumph.

One thing that is certain is that they will face not only each other out on track but also a host of drivers keen to show their true colours in the series including former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, winner of the first Dubai rounds Gianni Morbidelli, the ever popular Johnny Herbert and our very own Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum who has impressed in the big leagues and makes no secret of his desire to perform well in front of his home crowd at the Dubai Autodrome.

Romain Grosjean has wrapped up the GP2 Asia title in Bahrain this past weekend. The young Frenchman was the class of the field in the opening round in Dubai and thus it is no surprise that he already is the Renault Formula One team third driver. The focus will now shift to which of driver will claim the prestigious runner-up spot in the championship. Six drivers are in with a chance including: Russian Vitaly Petrov, Swiss Sebastian Buemi, Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy, Brazilian Bruno Senna, Japan'sKamui Kobayashi and Spaniard Adrian Valles - all of which are capable of winning on the day. Others to watch, who want to salvage good results before the close of the season, are the likes of: Indian ace Karun Chandhok, Italian Luca Filippi and Japan's Hiroki Yoshimoto - the latter two driving for the only Asian team Qi-Meritus Mahara who deserve a win for the sheer impact they have had in their debut season at GP2 level.

Grand Racing this weekend will also feature UAE National Superstock/ Stockbike races and the DAMC Open Saloons while an abundance of off track activities are sure to keep the crowd entertained throughout the day. These include a vibrant Village area behind the Main Grandstand and the Paddock, behind the pitlane, which will feature the Privatdrive Supercar Show showcasing the world's most expensive and exotic machinery. Car Club displays, merchandise stores, demonstrations, entertainment, food and beverages will be aprt of the two day motorsport extravaganza at the Dubai Autodrome - a must not miss event on the city's sporting calendar.

-credit: dubaiautodrome

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Series GP2
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Jean Alesi , Uwe Alzen , David Terrien , Fairuz Fauzy , Karun Chandhok , Hiroki Yoshimoto , Adrian Valles , Gianni Morbidelli , Bruno Senna , Kamui Kobayashi , Luca Filippi , Vitaly Petrov , Romain Grosjean , Hasher Al Maktoum