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After an unfortunate race in the first round of the Florida Winter Tour, Max Dodds set straight off to Dubai for the annual ‘O’ plate meeting determined not to come back to England empty handed!
Each year a handful of Brits head over to the event to race in the hot conditions and get their hands on some fantastic prizes which include:
- A factory drive at the 2016 World CIK Championships with Energy Corse.
- Energy Team UAE to provide Micro Max level kart for Bambino class winner.
- Brand new Birel Art Senior Chassis.
- GulfSport FG1000 Single Seater Test.
- Tag Heuer watches for main categories.
- Various Dubai Autodrome experiences, including the Formula DXB, Audi TT and Audi R8.
Max put himself in with the Energy Kart Team courtesy of Paul Hardy and got off to a great start in testing topping the time sheets. The Dubai Kartdrome is a very technical and demanding circuit but the young Brit seemed to feel at home straight away.
Come qualifying he looked a favourite for pole but his session was constantly disrupted by other drivers and the five minutes were soon up leaving Max having to start 8th for his four heats.
Things then went from bad to worse in Heat 1 as he was driven over in a huge incident at turn 1 which caused him to retire from the race. Thankfully Max walked away, but the tyre mark across his helmet showed just how lucky he was to be okay.
However the three remaining heats went much more to plan in terms of results with two thirds and a fifth although a win was very much on the cards in the fourth until a late mistake came from Max.
So his results left him starting 5th for the Pre-Final and he was able to hold his position come the flag but a post race penalty dropped him to 6th which would be his starting position for the Final.
So after an eventful weekend this was now it and Max made a blinding start but then collided with the current O Plate champion dropping him to 14th and meant the lead pack were now well and truly down the road! But he was not prepared to give up and drove one of the races of his premature career to come through to 3rd place! If only he had not ran into trouble at the start….
All that aside finishing 3rd in such a big event is a truly astonishing effort and should give Max a huge confidence boost going into the British Championships this year.
If he is to return to the Dubai ‘O’ plate next year I’m sure he would be considered a firm favourite!
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