Bank Muscat re­it­er­ates sup­port to pro­mote ad­ven­ture mo­tor­sports

Times of Oman - - ROUND-UP -

MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flag­ship fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider in the Sul­tanate, in line with its ‘ Let’s Do More’ vi­sion and com­mit­ment to part­ner­ship in pro­mot­ing Oman as a sport­ing na­tion, joined hands in host­ing the Red Bull Car Park Drift Lo­cal Qual­i­fier at the Oman Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion track.

Waleed Al Hashar, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, was the guest of hon­our at the event in which ad­ven­ture mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts turned out in large num­bers.

Waleed Al Hashar ex­pressed his joy and pride in host­ing the event and con­grat­u­lated the win­ners. Ri­faat Al Yahyai won the first place fol­lowed by Haitham Al Ha­didi and HH Dhulka­fal Al Said in the sec­ond and third po­si­tions. Ri­faat Al Yahyai will rep­re­sent Oman in the re­gional Red Bull Car Park Drift fi­nal to be held in Kuwait.

Bank Muscat has been as­so­ci­ated with the Red Bull event in its pre­vi­ous edi­tions which were well re­ceived by mo­tor­sports en­thu­si­asts in Oman. In 2016, the Sul­tanate hosted the Red Bull Car Park Drift fi­nal in which Oman pro­duced the top three win­ners.

The mo­tor­ing event puts com- pe­ti­tors’ skills to test as they de­ploy a high level of ex­per­tise and courage to push the en­gines and car bod­ies to the lim­its, while main­tain­ing ex­cep­tional car han­dling skills, all at high speeds.

Ad­ven­ture sports man­i­fest a strik­ing par­al­lel to the bank’s ethos char­ac­terised by its de­ter­mi­na­tion to take on chal­lenges and prove its lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The bank’s sup­port to mo­tor­sports ac­tiv­i­ties stems from its com­mit­ment to raise aware­ness on re­spon­si­ble and safe driv­ing as well as en­cour­ag­ing youth ac­tiv­i­ties. The bank seeks to set an ex­am­ple for cor­po­rates to lend sup­port to de­velop Oman as a mo­tor­sports des­ti­na­tion and thereby pro­mote the Sul­tanate’s tourism po­ten­tial.

This was the ninth con­sec­u­tive year Oman was host­ing the Red Bull Car Park Drift Lo­cal Qual­i­fier. Like pre­vi­ous years, the track was de­signed by Red Bull Ath­lete and Rally Cham­pion Abdo Feghali. The driv­ers’ per­for­mance was scored based on car look and de­sign (10%), tire smoke (10%), car sound (7%), sec­tion 1 drift­ing (15%), sec­tion 2 drift­ing (15%), boxes (15%), gates (15%) and pen­du­lum (13%).

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