New Dubai kart team has a Formula One dream.
They are relatively new to the world of karting, having been established in 1997, but in this short time they have racked up impressive results and most recently were crowned KZ2 (a kart-racing event) world champions, with Dorian Boccolacci driving.
The recently formed Energy UAE Team is hoping to have the same impact in the UAE Max Challenge, where the young karting guns of the future will do battle during the course of the 2013-2014 season.
Kevin Day, co-owner at the Energy UAE Team, said: "The Rotax Max Challenge is the fastest-growing karting championship in the world, which culminates annually with the grand finals, where the top karters from around the globe battle it out. In the UAE, grids have increased over the years and the competition is getting stronger, and professionalism needs to be injected into the sport. We also need to bring more youngsters in at the entry level, which is Bambino (five-eight-year-olds), and we need to support them through the different classes."
Day says karting lays down the foundation for future Formula One stars to emerge with the dream of the UAE eventually producing a driver who makes it all the way into F1.
"We need to bring the level of competition up so when UAE drivers go to compete on the international stage they are doing so with enough race experience," Day said. "There are a number drivers that have gone on from a UAE karting background that are now competing in higher levels of motor sport, such as Kartdrome graduates Edward Jones, who is currently in with a strong chance of winning the Formula 3 Open Series in Europe, and Shahn Engineer, who is competing in Formula Renault.
"Karting is the grassroots into what is the pinnacle of motorsport, F1. Although every boy and girl on a kart grid around the world dreams of one day racing in F1, the reality is that very few make it into the sport professionally, let alone F1. This is not always due to talent or lack of it.
"Motorsport, like any other business, is financially driven and sponsorship is the key to getting a first UAE champion. For the UAE's karting to become a training ground for future UAE Formula 1 champions, be they nationals or expats, then the UAE's karting and other motorsports need sponsors. There are a number of teams now competing in the UAE RMC, all of whom would welcome sponsorship from local and/or international companies."
Day added: "As well as possible hoping to attract sponsors, we as a team would love to hear from anyone who would like to get into karting, whether you would like to compete or just for recreational purposes. Age really isn't a factor as currently there are competitors from ages five to 58 racing."
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