Muscat: With the official announcement of the competitors and judges, the Red Bull Car Park Drift Final 2016 is about to rev into action.
The drifters, representing 11 countries from across the Middle East and Africa will go head-to-head at the biggest drifting competition ever seen in the Sultanate.
The drifters will battle it out for the prestigious ‘King of Drift’ title in front of adoring fans and spectators. The long-awaited event will be held in association with the Oman Automobile Association at Port Sultan Qaboos on December 9.
The Red Bull Car Park Drift series is a key fixture in the annual regional motorsports calendar. The unique event challenges the skills of the drifters and the capabilities of their cars.
Throughout the year, local Qualifier events have taken place across the region, with winners selected to progress to the season Final.
The confirmed drifters so far include Abdelrahman Fakhroo (Qatar), Mesyar Abu Shaibah (Kuwait), Maged Abo Selim (Egypt), Emmanuel d‘Hotman de Villiers (Mauritius),Mohamed Khalil Kharrat (Tunisia), Ahmad Karaki (Lebanon), Zaki Lafreky (Morocco), Rafat Haron (Jordan), Salman Mohammed (Bahrain), Ali Al Balushi (Oman), Haitham Al Hadidi (Oman), and Tariq Al Shaihani (Oman).
Commenting on the upcoming event, Hassan Mikail, Chief e-Commerce Officer at Aramex, said, “We have been partners of the Red Bull Car Park Drift for the past couple of years. It is a contest fuelled by excitement and high adrenaline rush, and we have seen how big it has become year after year. We would like to thank the hardworking and dedicated drift community for the trust they put in our Shop & Ship service when ordering auto parts from all over the world, to compete and maintain that winning edge. Red Bull Car Park Drift is all about the riders and fans. Aramex Shop & Ship is committed to this great community”.
The competition will be judged by a panel of professional motorsports athletes including Dai Yoshihara, Aleksandr Grinchuk, Kenshiro Gushi and Khalid Al Manji.
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 and Ship, ultra high performance tyres Falken Tyres GoPro, MBC Action, Ministry of Tourism, Hi FM, Hala FM, Times of Oman, Al Shabiba, Bank Muscat and Omran.