Lapteron track for Peace race

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAN­NY­CARO

MO­TOR RAC­ING Aric Lapter, Is­rael’s an­swer to Lewis Hamil­ton, will be in­volved in the Rac­ing for Peace project with a Pales­tinian driver at Sil­ver­stone next week.

Hop­ing to be­come the first Is­raeli to com­pete in For­mula One, the bach­e­lor is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in an in­ter­na­tional race car se­ries at the home of Bri­tish mo­tor rac­ing in a car he de­signed. “I have the Is­raeli flag. He has the Pales­tinian flag. Let’s race,” he said.

A grad­u­ate in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Tel Aviv Univer­sity, the 31-year-old has been in­volved in the sport since go-kart­ing was in­tro­duced to Is­rael in 1996.

Orig­i­nally from Tel Aviv, he moved to Italy a year later to com­plete a course at the Henry Mor­rogh rac­ing school for For­mula Ford. He re­turned to Is­rael in 1999 and test drove the GAC’s For­mula Vee at Sil­ver­stone in 2006.

“The first time I raced in For­mula Ford in Italy I said ‘wow, I must bring this to Is­rael,’” said Lapter.

De­spite his love of the sport, it was only once the Knes­set passed the mo­tor sport law in Is­rael in De­cem­ber 2005 that Lapter set his sights on build­ing a car. “Even to­day things are not clear,” he said. “We do not have a race track and are not al­lowed to bring For­mula rac­ing cars in, so if we can’t bring them, I say ‘let’s build them’.

His co-driver will be Rasheed Nashashibi, who com­petes in the Mid­dle East’s For­mula Thun­der Se­ries and won the 2006 Pales­tinian go-kart ti­tle.

Look­ing ahead to the test ses­sion, Nashashibi said: “This is the first time in rac­ing there has been a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a Pales­tinian and an Is­raeli in the name of peace. We want to show the rest of the world there is hope and not just war.”

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