With the Red Bull Car Park Drift Final 2016 only weeks away, the spotlight is now shining on the sport of drifting and the athletes who dedicate their lives to it. The Red Bull Car Park Drift Final 2016, the region’s biggest drifting competition held in association with the Oman Automobile Association (OAA), will bring the best drifters from the Middle East and Africa to the Sultanate for the first time to battle it out for the coveted ‘King of Drift’ title. The event will take place at Port Sultan Qaboos on Friday December 9.
Champion Rally Driver and Red Bull Athlete Abdo Feghali designs the challenging tracks for all the Local Qualifiers around the region and plans to make the most demanding track yet at this year’s Final. According to Feghali, the standard of drifting in Oman has reached new heights in recent years.
“The level of drifting in Oman is now really good and every year I must make the lives of the drifters harder and harder with increasingly challenging track layouts,” commented Feghali.
“The work of the Oman Automobile Association to create a special drifting track it has really helped to educate people about drifting and has given the public the opportunity to watch events in one place. This has done a lot for the development of motorsports, especially drifting in Oman,” added Feghali.
The Red Bull Car Park Drift Final puts the competitors’ skills to test as they are expected to deploy a high level of expertise and courage to push their engines and car bodies to the limits, while maintaining exceptional car handling skills, all at high speeds.
Competitors are all hungry to compete for the title and need to keep their car in control as they drift around the designated track, which consists of a winding course featuring obstacles and sharp turns that all add to the challenge. The rigorous scoring system penalises drifters if they drift the wrong way or spin uncontrollably.
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 & Ship, ultra high performance tires Falken Tires GoPro, MBC, Ministry of Tourism, Hi FM, Hala FM, Times of Oman, Shabiba, Bank Muscat, Omran.