Fernando Alonso-led FA Racing claims Top 10 result in Dubai 24 Hours Kart race
With the year 2017 nearing an end, Fernando Alonso not only has another Formula 1 season to prepare for, but also has the Daytona 24 Hours race in mind. And so, Alonso was back at Dubai Kartdrome this week to compete in the 24 Hours kart race - the final round in the on-going championship.
The all-Spanish FA Racing outfit comprised of Alonso, another ex-F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, karting ace David Vidales and Angel Burgueno. This was the second time that Alonso competed in the race after 2014 - the last time he had Stoffel Vandoorne as his partner in Team Puntonas.
Racing in the Nations Cup this time, Alonso almost took pole for the 24 Hours event, but for the last-gasp effort from Ramez Azzam in the #19 Batelco Racing Sodi kart. The Spaniard had put in a time of 1m11.247s which seemed enough for pole position.
However, Azzman went 0.049s quicker to snatch first place from the two-time F1 champion, as the Top 17 were covered within a second of the pole time in a tightly-contested qualifying on Friday. In the Nations Cup though, Alonso's team were on pole.
The race turned out to be a different game all-together for FA Racing as they endured hard to finish 10th overall, completing 1128 laps - which was six short of the total number of laps done by the winning #9 CG Racing Pro team.
The pole-sitting Batelco Racing squad finished second. They were two laps down on the winners, while the #20 Karting Agadir outfit rounded out the Top 3 positions. In the Nations Cup, Alonso's team finished fourth, with the #29 ZOOM Racing Team winning the category.