Red Bull Car Park Drift is back for the second consecutive year, giving motorsport lovers in the Middle East the chance to experience the world of drifting. Qualifications rounds have taken place around the region so far, while the finalists will compete one last time for the regional title, during an event held in Beirut on the 22nd of July, with the support of Mr. Faisal Karami, the Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports, and in collaboration with the ATCL.
The “Red Bull Car Park Drift” regional qualifications sponsored by Chevrolet, toured Kuwait, the UAE, KSA, Oman, Jordan and Iran. And while the qualifications round started in Lebanon and will continue for seven different stages, Egypt will witness its first Red Bull Car Par Drift competition on July 8th.
The different regional qualifiers in the Middle East had a major common characteristic: the immense popular attendance which created further awareness about this sport in the region. In fact, the “Red Bull Car Park Drift” competitions showed high level of professionalism and impressive skills and maneuverability.
Red Bull’s Alberto Chahoud, Area Communications Manager for Middle East and Africa ensured that all efforts were deployed to secure high levels of safety. “The ATCL played a tremendous role during the qualifiers, guarantying competitors and spectators safety', he said. 'I would like to extend my recognition to Chevrolet, Hankook, LBC, Radio Rotana Delta and Al Nahar newspaper, for their unlimited support during these events”.
Rally and motor champion Abdo Feghali was supervising all the qualifying stages, moving from country to country and from city to city where he designed competitions tracks carefully planned to enhance the drivers’ skills and know-how. He was also on the judging panel along with several other experts from the world of motorsports. There were several criteria taken into consideration for the final decision, namely the drifting capabilities in the car using the hand break and the skills in entering turns in a very accurate and spectacular way. The engine’s roar and the external look of the car were also included, along with the amount of smoke traces left from the tires and the cheers of the attending crowds.
During last year’s “Red Bull Car Park Drift” final competition held at the Forum de Beirut, Lebanese Firas Khadaj was crowned “King of Drift” with his BMW M3, as a result of a fierce competition and extraordinary shows in front of thousands of motorsports lovers. Lebanese Raffi Kevork was second in his BWM, and Saudi Arabian Saeed al Mouri was third in his Mitsubishi Evo 10.
Standing qualifying drivers for the “Red Bull Car Park Drift” finals:
|Salah Bin Eidan||Kuwait|
|Saeed Al Mauri||KSA|
|Abdel Hadi al Kahtani||KSA|
|Ahmad Al Ameri||UAE|
|Mohammad Al Asemi||Oman|
|Qualifications on July 8th||Egypt|