Peace race is a roar­ing suc­cess

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

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.”

PHOTO: PAULA HAMIL­TON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Driv­ing force: Aric Lapter ( left) and Rasheed Nashashibi at Sil­ver­stone

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