FunCup promises affordable GCC racing

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 by

The FunCup cars are styled after the Volkswagen Beetle

A new form of affordable motorsport will hit the GCC from the start of 2011.

The FunCup is an endurance series that’s seen great success with racers of all ages and experiences in Europe. Competitors race specially built single-seater cars covered with glass-reinforced plastic bodies based on the Volkswagen Beetle, powered by a 1.8-litre, 130bhp engine.

The series introduction to the GCC will be practice sessions and two six-hour races on two circuit configurations at the ’s from January 27 to 29. Further events planned at in Abu Dhabi, the and the Losail track in .

The promoter in the GCC is Tony Burton, who has competed in the series in Europe since 2007. Speaking to AutoMiddleEast, he said, “There will be 19 hours of track time [at the Autodrome event], so it’s very cost effective racing. There will be teams of two to six drivers per race and it’s all for fun. It’s very close racing and very competitive.”

The FunCup has proved very successful in Europe, with big fields like this race at Spa in Belgium

The FunCup has proved very successful in Europe, with big fields like this race at Spa in Belgium

Renting a car for the Dubai event will cost 75,000AED. Individual drivers can also pay for a seat and be placed with a team, although some drivers are expected to bring their own cars from Europe. Burton expects a grid of 40 cars for the race.

Start positions will be drawn at random, although a qualifying session will serve as practice and to highlight which are the cars to watch. Each race is split into 30 to 60 minute sections, with pit stops and driver changes after each stint.

With Fun Cups happening all over the world, the top global 10 teams will be invited to a world final in 2012.

From a corporate angle, team captains and companies can take advantage of FunCup promotional days, while TV exposure has been secured in the GCC and in Europe

A website is due to go live at www.funcup.ae in the next few days.

Below: A UK promotional video for the 2009 FunCup season gives an idea of the action we can expect in the Middle East.

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