Oman Hosts Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal Soon

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

With the Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal 2016 only weeks away, the spotlight is now shin­ing on the sport of drift­ing and the ath­letes who ded­i­cate their lives to it. The Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal 2016, the re­gion’s big­gest drift­ing com­pe­ti­tion held in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Oman Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (OAA), will bring the best drifters from the Mid­dle East and Africa to the Sul­tanate for the first time to bat­tle it out for the cov­eted ‘King of Drift’ ti­tle. The event will take place at Port Sul­tan Qa­boo­son Friday De­cem­ber 9.

Cham­pion rally driver and Red Bull Ath­lete Abdo Feghali de­signs the chal­leng­ing tracks for all the lo­cal qual­i­fiers around the re­gion and plans to make the most de­mand­ing track yet at this year’s fi­nal. Ac­cord­ing to Feghali, the stan­dard of drift­ing in Oman has reached new heights in re­cent years.

“The level of drift­ing in Oman is now re­ally good and every year I must make the lives of the drifters harder and harder with in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing track lay­outs,” com­mented Feghali. “The work of the Oman Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion to cre­ate a spe­cial drift­ing track it has re­ally helped to ed­u­cate peo­ple about drift­ing and has given the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to watch events in one place. This has done a lot for the devel­op­ment of mo­tor­sports, es­pe­cially drift­ing in Oman,” added Feghali. The Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal puts the com­peti­tors’ skills to test as they are ex­pected to de­ploy a high level of ex­per­tise and courage to push their en­gines and car bod­ies to the lim­its, while main­tain­ing ex­cep­tional car han­dling skills, all at high speeds.

Com­peti­tors are all hun­gry to com­pete for the ti­tle and need to keep their car in con­trol as they drift around the des­ig­nated track, which con­sists of a wind­ing course fea­tur­ing ob­sta­cles and sharp turns that all add to the chal­lenge. The rig­or­ous scor­ing sys­tem pe­nalises drifters if they drift the wrong way or spin un­con­trol­lably.

Of­fi­cial part­ners for the event in­clude one of the world’s lead­ing mo­tor com­pa­nies Nissan, global oil and gas com­pany To­tal, on­line ship­ping de­liv­ery ser­vice Shop & Ship, ul­tra high per­for­mance tires Falken Tires GoPro, MBC, Min­istry of Tourism, Hi FM, Hala FM, Times of Oman, Shabiba, Bank Mus­cat, Om­ran.

Abdo Feghali watches Omani com­peti­tor

Oman hosts Red Bull Car Park Drift Fi­nal.

Red Bull Car Park Drift.

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