Peace race is a roaring success
Israeli driver Aric Lapter and Palestinian Rasheed Nashashibi continued the latest stage of their Race for Peace project with a test session at Silverstone last Friday.
Driving an identical car to the one Lapter designed and built in Israel, the two experimented in an effort to gain experience on a Formula One track.
“We are trying to get to know the Formula One racing circuit,” Lapter told JC Sport. “Racing at Silverstone is something you do not do every day.
“It was amazing to drive. You feel that adrenaline and the blood flowing through your body and you feel alive again.”
The Race for Peace project has been well received as a positive encouragement toward Palestinian-Israeli relations and the promotion of partnership.
But in order to participate in the upcoming competition, Nashashibi and Lapter face the daunting task of obtaining sponsorship.
The pair need to raise £40-50,000 to compete in next seasons Formula Vee championships. Lapter said: “Rash- eed and I are looking for sponsors to race in the March 2008 campaign. It is our dream to ship the car I built from Israel over to England and race here again. We hope to get as much publicity as possible and get as many sponsors as we can. It would be great to one day compete where the likes of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton have raced.”
Driving force: Aric Lapter ( left) and Rasheed Nashashibi at Silverstone