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Eye of Riyadh
Sports | Monday 8 October, 2018 3:05 pm |

The launch of “Saudi Star Drift 2018” championship, the most popular Motorsport in Saudi Arabia

Following  the outstanding success achieved over the past years, announced today in Jeddah the launch of “Saudi Drift Star 2018” championship Kingdom wide, which is organized by the Motorsports developer in Saudi Arabia Captain Abdullah Bakhashab, under the supervision of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, and the sponsorship of Nissan, the official car of the Championship, and Petromin Oils, Mix FM radio and Intro. 


During the press conference held on the occasion of the announcement of the launch of the Championship, Bader Al-Hussami, CEO of Nissan Saudi Arabia, said:” We, in Nissan Saudi Arabia, devote our efforts to make it easy to enjoy owning and driving sports cars for all Motorsport fans.Our passion is to achieve success on the racetrack with our knowledge and experience, aims to provide an interesting experience for the drivers of Nissan cars, and thus,we support and sponsor Motorsport events such as  Saudi Star Drift Championship, which aims to develop Motorsports in Saudi Arabia. This is in addition to the great  attention and participation of a large number of youths who want to compete and develop their talents and skills in driving sports cars,we remain committed to supporting these youths to create positive impact on their lives and  communities.”


Al-Hussami added: “We have been  supporting this successful championship for the last five years,and are proud of its success, as well as proud of the  Saudi youth and their interest in  Motorsports. We shall spare no efforts in developing Motorsport and assist these young people to take their seats in local and international championships. We are, as well, very pleased with our partnerships with Saudi Motorsports developers. 


 Meanwhile,Sameer Nawar,CEO of Petromin Company, commented as saying  that the sponsorship of this Championship falls within Petromin’s  strategy for supporting various youth and sports activities that are within the framework of security and safety,through which  we are sending a message to young people about the importance of practicing this sport in special places built for this purpose  in order to protect  their lives and the lives of other road users.


Nawar added:” Petromin is very keen to be among the first companies to support the Kingdom's Vision 2030 to raise the level of sports in the Kingdom. We were the first company to organize Karting race for ladies, we, as well, sponsored many Motorsports events, which enjoy youths’ attentions and held under the direct supervision of the Saudi Arabia Motor Federation.”



He also anticipated the success of this championship to achieve its goals, and contributes to improve the skills of many drivers aspiring to be part of this stunning event and raise Kingdom’s name up high.


As for the Championship, Captain Abdullah Bakhashab explained that every round will include four categories, namely:

-      Professional category

-      Advanced category

-      Amateur category 

-      Nissan category

Winners of the first four places of each round will be qualified for the final and special round, which will be held in Jeddah within the 5thround. The finalists will compete in the finals on board two Nissan Z cars of the same specifications next December.



The 1stround of the Championship will kick off  on 12 October, the instant, at  King Abdullah Park for Adventures at Alshoaba in Al-Ihsaa governate, where the audience will be on appointment to repeat the thrills and excitement of the championship of last season, which was beyond expectations. Meanwhile, the 2ndround will  kick off at Al-Khobar Corniche on October 26th, the instant, and will be  followed by the 3rdround in Riyadh on November 23, and the 4thround will take place in Jeddah on December 19, and the Championship to be   concluded, as well, in Jeddah  on 20 December.



During the  press conference, Bakhashab said:” I am pleased to announce the launch of the “Saudi Star Drift 2018” championship, which comes within our projects designed to develop Motorsport in the Kingdom. 


The drift  races have become wildly popular and attracts a large number of audience and participants alike, thereby raising the level of professionalism of participating  teams and attract companies’ support.” 


He added: "On this occasion, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Nissan, Petromin Oils, Mix FM radio and Intro for their participation and sponsorship, I would also like to express my pleasure with the high level that the Motorsports achieves in the Kingdom.” 


Bakhashab, as well, assured that this Championship is being organized aiming at transferring the youths’ passion and enthusiasm from public roads to its dedicated places,which will enhance road safety for all users in Saudi Arabia, and contributes to channel the energy of youths towards useful activities that enhance the status of Saudi Arabia both regionally and internationally.

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