To say that motor car racing has become popular in the Middle East these days would be a bit of an understatement. The event that kickstarted this particular development may well have been construction of the Formula 1 circuit at Yas Marina, in the United Arab Emirates, a few years back. This has left the United Arab Emirates with two world class road facilities.
It has taken some time to develop beyond the world of Formula 1, but both Yas Marina and the Dubai Autodrome have now developed significant schedules for the year. One case in point is the UAE GT Championship, which is modeled after the FIA GT series. The eight event series started in late October and finishes up at the end of March. The final competition will run in conjunction with an event for the FIA GT1 series.
The race format this season is a one hour mini-enduro with one required pitstop. Teams can run one driver or two, so driver swaps take place during the pitstop. The series uses three classes, based on power to weight ratio and has been successful in drawing a large and diverse grid of exotic and supercars.
Since the indigenous population of the UAE is relatively small, there is a wide variety of teams and drivers from different countries, which lends the series a true international flavor. Round 6 of the series was recently run and we found some stunning video posted from it, based on the French team, TAM Auto Engineering, who fielded a pair of C6 Corvettes and brought both home on the podium. This is not the first time for this team, so the end of season results may be more predictable this year than some might be comfortable with.
We cannot fit the full HD video below, but you can watch it to get a feel for both the racing and the great cinematography. Click this link to visit the Streetfire page where the HD version can be found. There is another page here with some coverage from Round 2 of the series.