The UAE Rotax Max Challenge karting series holds the 10th round of the season at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday with all to drive for in several of the championships.
It is not only titles at stake for the drivers as a top-three spot in each category comes with the opportunity to represent the UAE at the international Rotax Grand Final in November.
The series is organised and run by Al Ain Raceway Kart Club.
Antonio Kekati, the circuit’s managing director, said: “For the second year in a row, we are grateful to be invited to host a round of our Rotax Max Challenge at the Yas Marina F1 Circuit. The sport of karting continues to grow here in the UAE and we are finding more and more talent emerging to be competitive with the rest of the world at an international level.”
In the DD2 Shifter class, Oliver George leads the pack ahead of Piers Pakenham-Walsh, who trails by 64 points, while Maurits Knopjes holds a comfortable lead in the DD2 Shifter Masters class over nearest challengers Jonathan Mowatt and Patrick Jarjour.
In the Max Masters Class, Kevin Day has a 10-point lead over Raed Hassan to defend, with Duncan Foster a further two points adrift in third. Pasqual Pook maintains a sizeable 132-point lead over Giulio Peroni in the Max Junior competition, while Tehmur Chohan and Sem Knopjes are the respective leaders of the Mini Max and Micro Max competitions.
In the Bambino category for racers between five and seven years old, Harry Hannam is on top.
Heats will take up most of the day, with the finals of the respective categories taking place from 4pm.
The remaining two rounds of the season take place at Muscat, Oman, on March 21 and at Al Ain on April 11-12.
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