Dubai: April 5th 2011: The first round of the Motorcity 24hrs karting season kicked off at Dubai Kartdrome, where fast female Fabienne Lanz returned for her fourth campaign in the series.

As part of her International tour, Fabienne will race in three continents over the next two weeks, flying straight to South Africa for the Rotax Max Championship and another 24hrs endurance race in Jeselo, Italy.

Racing for the newly formed Dubai Falcons Team proved to be a lucky move with a great driver combination and, after a grueling 24hrs the team was awarded with a hard fought second place podium position overall.

Fabienne took the seat in the third hour and set about picking her way through the field to a clear track where she put in some spectacular fast lap times in the cooler evening temperatures with a best lap time of 1:11.86, things were looking promising for the team, as they diced between second and third place with the Ocean Rubber Team.

“I always really enjoy coming to race at Dubai Kartdrome, the teams are all very competitive even though it is leisure karting event, lots of talented International drivers are here, and im enjoying getting in the practice as im going to be very busy over the next few weeks. Im also really looking forward to qualifying to race in the Rotax Max Finals in Al Ain this coming season, so let’s see how it goes for the rest of the season” commented Fabienne

During the 1149 laps, the team encountered technical hurdles and a few drive through penalties as did many of the top teams, which hampered their progress throughout the early hours, the race was eventually won by reigning Champions Batelco from Bahrain.

Fabienne’s Dubai Falcons team, lead by formidable Team Manager Mike Wilkes, consisted of Emirati drivers Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Saeed Al Mehairi, Mohammed Al Mutawaa and Roberto Pesevski from Austria.

“Fabienne is a great team member a formidable racer, she has a great personality and is a joy to race with in the team, we would definitely welcome her back”, commented Saeed Al Mehairi

In previous 24hrs races in Dubai, Fabienne has secured two fastest laps, two Pole positions and an Autodrome achievement award in 2009. This time around Fabienne has achieved her highest podium finish.

Fabienne extended a personal thank you to the team sponsors for the race, Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, CPTDC, Santos Motors, Sharp Electronics and Altech. The Dubai Falcon Racing Team, was supported personally by, Team Director Hadi Al Bloushi, Team Manager Mike Wilkes with Peter Lanz and Lex Akehurst from XSport Motorsport as pit support crew.

Fabienne now leaves Dubai to compete in the South African Super ROK race on Apr 9th and the Birel 24hrs professional endurance race for all ladies team Kayak Racing in Jesalo, Italy on Apr 16th

Fabienne competes with CRG in the Rotax Max DD2 class in the South African Championship, with her aim to race in the World Finals which will be held in UAE at Al Ain Raceway in November this year.