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Al Mehairi: Racing Karts Is Harder Than Driving The Porsche Cup Car
Posted by: newsla on Feb 19, 2014 - 06:52 AM
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Al Mehairi: Racing Karts Is Harder Than Driving The Porsche Cup Car


Saeed Al Mehairi was one of the stars at the recent Dubai Motorsport Festival, when he powered his 400 horsepower SkyDive Dubai Falcon Racing Team Porsche to second place in the Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East championship race, now less than a week later, Al Mehairi will slip into a 10 horsepower kart and take part in the Kartdrome 12 Hours, the first round of the 2014 Endurance Championship driven by Mini which gets underway at 12 noon on Friday (21 February).

 

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Al Mehairi was asked how he changes from brute Porsche power to the finesse of the Sodi RX7 karts used for the endurance races at the Kartdrome. He said, "It might seem that it is not easy changing from a Porsche Cup car to a SWS kart, but trust me if you are into racing it doesn't matter which car you jump into. It will take you one or two laps and you adapt to what you you are driving. For me it does ot make a big difference."

And surprisingly, Al Mehairi added, "For me the karting is harder than driving the Porsche. In endurance karting you really have to focus and you have to be really be fit, more so than when driving the Porsche. In the kart it is very physical and all about consistency because they are less powerful. To me it is not a big problem, I need to two or three laps to adapt and I should be on the pace."

The SkyDive Dubai Falcon Racing Team had a successful Dubai Motorsport Festival (last weekend) with Al Mehairi's podium finish in the first race followed up the next day by his teammate Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum finishing third after starting ninth on the grid. The Dubai outfit left the Autodrome having bagged the most points during the course of the weekend.

Sheikh Hasher and Al Mehairi will spearhead the SkyDive Dubai Falcon Racing Team efforts in this Friday's Kartdrome 12 Hours. The team finished second in the 2013 edition of the championship, and will once again start among the favourities - of the full 30 team grid - which include the likes of CG Racing, Batelco, Speedsters, Timeless Events, Dubai-5 and the all new Mini Dubai team.

On Friday free practice begins at 09:30 am, followed by qualifying at 10:45 am and the race set to be flagged off at 12:00 noon, Entry to the Kartdrome is free for spectators on the day.


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