The UAE’s most talented drifters will be gathering again for the national edition of Red Bull Car Park Drift 2021, held this weekend in a brand new venue in partnership with Dunlop Tires, Dubai Sports Council, Arab GT and Dubai Sports TV
The world famous motorsport tournament will take place on Friday April 2nd in Souk Al Marfa on Deira Island. Unfortunately, due to national health measures and restrictions, viewers are unable to attend. However, the tournament will be broadcast live on the Red Bull Motorsports Facebook channel.
In the meantime, all the right arrangements have been made, with the crews and drivers involved following strict guidelines as per government guidelines in order to participate.
Four big names from the world of motorsport – the Lebanese drifting legend and Red Bull athlete Abdo Feghali, the Jordanian drift king Ahmad Daham; Yousif Basil from Lebanon and the Yemeni Wadhah Abdullah Ali are again serving as judges this year.
The winning drifter of this weekend’s edition will receive a spot in the Red Bull Car Park Drift World Championship, which will be held in Cairo, Egypt later this year.
The winner will be last year’s UAE defending champion Mohammad Shaker, who qualified for the World Cup in November 2020. The Jordanian motor sportsman secured the top spot in the Emirates qualification for the Red Bull Car Park Drift 2020, which took place at the Dubai Festival City.
In his Nissan Silvia, Shaker beat 16 other contestants to make it to the final heat and emerged victorious with an impressive 349 (out of 400).
The Lebanon-American Mohammad Shehab, who secured second place with 347 points, narrowly missed the top spot. Third place went to last year’s UAE winner, Egyptian drifter Ahmad Sameer Al Adl, who scored 338 points.
Drifting dates back to the 1960s and is believed to have originated in Japan when a group of racing drivers tried to beat their A-to-B racing times by exceeding the grip limit of their tires in sharp turns. Of course, it didn’t really help the racing times, but what started as that became a different kind of motorsport – and drifting was born.
The very first event took place in 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon, in the City Mall parking lot. Michel Feghali crowned the competition’s very first King of Drift.
The winner of the second event was Garo Haroutiounian. In 2010, Red Bull Car Park Drift was expanded into a regional competition series with 15 qualifiers in ten countries. The final took place in the Forum de Beyrouth, with Lebanese drifter Feras Khaddaj taking the title.
Drifters have to find their way expertly on a demanding course and avoid obstacles in the process. Each participant is assessed according to nine criteria with a total of 400 points.
A maximum of 120 points are awarded for drifting skills, while the pinball and pendulum challenges are up to 60 and 50 points, respectively. The appearance and design of the car make up 40 points, while tire smoke, car sound, gate and spiral tasks each add a maximum of 20 points to the score. The last ‘box’ – a tight enclosure where the drifters have to make a ‘donut’ – is worth 50 points.
Drifters lose points if they encounter obstacles, drift in the wrong direction or turn their car. Three penalties in one round and it’s disqualification.
Where? Souk Al Marfa, Deira Island
When? Friday April 2, 2021
What’s the time? 3 PM
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