Car drifting championship to kick off in Saudi Arabia

The championship consists of four rounds to be held all over the Kingdom

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Saudi motorsport developer Abdullah Bakhashab has announced the launch of Saudi Star Drift Championship under the supervision of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation.

The championship consists of four rounds to be held all over the Kingdom. The first round of the championship will take place at King Abdullah Adventure Park at Al-Shoabah in Al-Ahsa province on Nov. 21. The second round will be held at Al-Khohar Cornich, opposite Fouad Center on Dec. 5.

The third round will be held at Dirab Circuit in Riyadh on Dec. 12, while the fourth and final round will be held at International Exhibition and Convention Center, Madinah Toad, Jeddah on Dec. 19.

Addressing a press conference, Bakhashab said: “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Saudi Star Drift Championship aiming at seeking and refining driving skills of young Saudis.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of this championship, namely Nissan Saudi Arabia, Saudi Total Lubricants, Alif Alif Radio and In-10-So Karting Center, for their support to ensure the success of this championship.”

Talking about the championship, Bakhashab explained that the event comprises two categories — Professional and Amateur. Three winners from each round will qualify for the final round. The winner of each category as well as the best participant competing in his own Nissan, will participate in the final round to be held in Jeddah and they will all compete onboard two Nissan Z cars provided by the organizer.

Abdulilah Wazni, General Manager for Marketing and Communications at Nissan Saudi Arabia, said: “Nissan is proud to sponsor this most promising motorsport activity, which will encourage many young people towards the world of championships.”

Nizar Raydan, director general of Saudi Total Lubricants, said their sponsorship of this championship is part of Total strategy which is being translated by Saudi Total on the ground to support youths in serious motorsport events.

Meanwhile, Faisal Al-Saikhan, from Alif Alif Radio FM, said they are targeting the Saudi youth and that they want to use motorsports to attract them, so the station is broadcasting the program (Twin Turbo) which is about motorsport and engines, and hosts professional and interested people in rallies and motorsport.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on November 20, 2014.

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