Alonso enters team for Dubai Kartdrome 24 Hours

You would think that immediately after the 2021 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Fernando Alonso will be seeking a well-earned break but, no, he has entered a formidable team in this year’s Kartdrome 24 Hour Race on 17-18 December.

Thus there will be no rest for the double-Formula 1 World Champion who is back on the F1 grid this year with Alpine; the 40-year-old returning to the podium after a seven-year drought by finishing second at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

Next up on the calendar are Grands Prix in Saudi Arabia followed by the finale in Abu Dhabi on 12 December, bringing to an end a marathon 22-race F1 world championship season.

Despite this, less than a week later Alonso and his MD Racing Team will be pounding around the Dubai Kartdrome, in the heart of Motorcity, preparing to participate in one of karting’s most famous annual endurance races, which enters its second decade of running.

Alonso is no stranger to Dubai and the Kartdrome for that matter, nor the 24 Hours race. He first entered a team in 2014 which included former F1 drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Stoffel Vandoorne. Since then he has become a popular visit to the UAE’s premier karting complex whenever he is in town.

Top karting drivers and teams from around the world will take part

In the 2019 edition of the Kartdrome 24 Hours, his FA Racing team, led by Fernando himself scored their first podium. The endurance karting bug bit the Spaniard, who has his own karting track in his homeland from where he also runs a racing team.

This year’s winning team of the four-round 2021 Endurance Championship Powered by EBC Brakes will get an automatic entry into the 12-Hours karting race at the Fernando Alonso Circuit next year, donated by the F1 World Champion.

While this year’s race is less than a month away, entries are still available for the race with details to be found here>>>

While Alonso is the big name in action over the two days, the event attracts not only the region’s best karters and teams, it is also well supported by international teams from Asia and the Americas, with a number of top names from the European endurance karting scene in action.

A few surprise entries are also in-store according to sources close to the race.

Dubai Kartdrome manager and 24 Hours organsier, David Bright said: “It’s always an honour to have Fernando Alonso and his team here. They are like family now, and Fernando always amazes us by how serious he takes the race. Last year they were on the podium and, knowing him, he will be targeting the top step.

“He has his mate Pedro de la Rosa in the team, as well young up-and-coming karter Nikola Tsolov in the team and his childhood buddy and former F300 racer Angel Burgueño; they will be strong and a team to watch.

“But as always, the Dubai Kartdrome 24 Hours is known for providing a level playing field, with karts swapped during the races by our crew, which ensures every team has an equal chance at victory. It will be very close.

“This is our flagship event which has been running for well over a decade and attracts some of the cream of race drivers – pros and amateurs – from around the world. This year is no exception as interest is high, although there are still entries available they are sure to fill up fast.

“It will be a cracker,” predicted Bright.

Although not confirmed as yet, word is several F1 drivers inspired by Alonso’s need for speed, are looking to add the race on their schedule, as they tend to stay in the UAE after the final race for Young Driver Testing and well needed R&R.

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