Da­ham claims ‘King of Drift’ ti­tle at Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal

Heart­break for dis­qual­i­fied Bous­tani

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

DUBAI: Rep­re­sent­ing the UAE, Ah­mad Da­ham pro­duced a mas­ter class per­for­mance to claim the cov­eted “King of Drift” ti­tle for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, in front of an adren­a­line-fu­elled 4,000 strong crowd at the Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal 2015, held un­der the um­brella of the Dubai Mo­tor Fes­ti­val at the Mey­dan car park.

Da­ham se­cured the first place with a score of 358 points in his tuned Nis­san Sylvia. He fin­ished ahead of Oman’s Ali Al Balushi yet again, hav­ing beaten him by one point last year. Al Balushi ended the sea­son with 335 points from the fi­nal. Jor­dan’s Rafat Ha­roon took the third spot on the podium with 306 points.

Le­banese drifter Fadi El Bous­tani’s night ended in heart­break when his car stalled at the start line on his last run and in the fi­nal four. El Bous­tani had five min­utes to ad­dress the me­chan­i­cal prob­lem, but luck was not on his side and he was dis­qual­i­fied. Hav­ing en­tered the Fi­nal as a dark horse, the Le­banese drifter cer­tainly won the crowd’s hearts, with a blis­ter­ing run that earned him 370 points - the high­est score for a sin­gle run in this year’s fi­nal. “To be crowned King of Drift is in­cred­i­ble, and to do it on such an ex­tremely hard tech­ni­cal track is un­be­liev­able,” com­mented Ah­mad Da­ham af­ter the event. “The other guys pushed me all the way to the fin­ish and I really had to be on top of my game. I couldn’t re­lax for even a sec­ond.”

Tough com­peti­tors

The fi­nal brought to­gether fif­teen drifters hail­ing from Tu­nisia, Kuwait, Mau­ri­tius, Le­banon, Jor­dan, Oman, Egypt, Qatar, Iran and the United Arab Emi­rates.

The tough job of sep­a­rat­ing the com­peti­tors went to judges Issa Ben Dal­mouk, Rob­bie Nishida, Nikita Shikov and Dai Yoshi­hara, who watched closely for the 7 key judg­ing cri­te­ria. A max­i­mum of 80 points was al­lo­cated to drift­ing skills dur­ing the first and sec­ond sec­tions, while the car’s looks and de­sign ac­counted for up to 60 points, with an­other 60 points al­lo­cated to the driver’s prox­im­ity to the pendulum ‘clip­ping point’. Tire smoke, car sound and per­for­mance in the ‘Box’ - a tight en­clo­sure

Points

358

335

306

Re­tired

UAE

Oman

Jor­dan

Le­banon

the drifters need to do a ‘donut’ in - each con­trib­uted 40 points to the to­tal score.

The Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal was held in part­ner­ship with Ford Mid­dle East, Aramex Shop and Ship, Pirelli, MBC Ac­tion, Al Ara­biya 99 and Mey­dan.

Win­ners - RBCPD 2015

Fadi Bous­tani - scorer of high­est points (Inset) Win­ner Ahmed Da­ham - 2015.

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