Rain causing chaos during Dubai 24 Hours
For a couple of days, weather forecasters have been predicting rain for the Dubai 24 Hours taking place this weekend. The exact amount and time of the opening of the heavens has been somewhat variable. However, it seems that it has come at the worst time possible.
The sun has only recently fallen on the Dubai Autodrome meaning, as drivers are getting used to driving the track with less visibility, they are also struggling to find grip. Furthermore, the addition of spray being kicked up by the 80-odd runners is proving to be a real challenge.
As the race is taking place in a part of the world that isn’t used to receiving much rain, the track is far from suited to wet conditions. In fact, where circuits like Spa and Interlagos have grooves in the track surface and drains helping to extract the water, Dubai’s track is pretty much a lake waiting to be filled.
As many of the turns are banked, rainwater is being collected on the apexes of corners and, as the rain continues to fall, even the straights are becoming perilously covered in water.
As I’m writing this, the race is under Code 60 meaning cars are limited to 60km/h with the potential of the red flag being waved. As I’m writing this, the race has just been neutralised by a red flag meaning cars are being put in parc fermé conditions. Once the weather eases off, the race will get back under way albeit with less time left on the clock.