Babington: tough conditions made World title sweeter

Stock-FlagNewly crowned World Rotax DD2 champion Sean Babington says the tough conditions throughout the Grand Finals weekend made his title triumph even more satisfying. The 21-year-old from Chatham in Kent is racing on a United Arab Emirates licence as he works as a driver coach and competes in the UAE Championship with the Energy Karts Dubai squad.

Saturday’s pre-finals were cancelled due to heavy rain (see Interview, p36). Babington said that caused difficulty for his final preparations. “It was so hard to judge your position on the track during the final, but we only had five laps of practice in the morning to get the best set-up so we really didn’t know what to expect. “It’s one of the biggest achievements of my career alongside my European Rotax crown.”

Babington has lived in Dubai for the past five months but would not rule out a return to the UK: “I was offered the UAE deal and I didn’t want to go back to racing in Seniors. I still want to race in KZ gearbox but this is always something I’ve wanted to do. A return could be tomorrow or in three years.”