Al Jazirah Ford Racing team dazzles in ‘The Chase’

Updated 04 January 2013
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Al Jazirah Ford Racing team dazzles in ‘The Chase’

Al Jazirah Ford Racing team (JFR) dominated the 2nd round of UAE Drift Championship at Dubai Autodrome race track and exhibited their superiority on the racing course by winning first and third places recently.
A large number of drifting enthusiasts gathered from all over the Emirates and GCC countries to attend the UAE Drift Championship — “The Chase” event and enjoy one of the most competitive drift competitions in the region. The audience’s loud cheers charged JFR drivers and mechanics to demonstrate their skills in an action-packed drift thriller night. JFR had clinched 1st and 2nd spot in the last round three weeks ago at Yas Marina Circuits in Abu Dhabi and they could feel the pressure to perform mounting up as challengers lined up with their eyes on JFR muscle cars and skilled drivers.
“The Chase” is one of most attendance drift competition in the Middle East as it attracts highly skilled drifters and specially modified powerful cars. More than 20 professional teams representing GCC countries compete in the “Chase” to win recognition and be on the podium at the end of each round.
After the tire smoke settled and the roaring engines put to idle at the end of round 2, JFR leading captain Abdulhadi Al Qahtani stepped up on 1st place on the round champion podium. Al Qahtani teammate and the new addition to JFR team, Muath Al-Essa, impressively finished in 3rd position. In 2nd place came yet another Saudi competitor, Bander Al-Ghalib – Bolt Racing team, and so Saudi drift race drivers occupied the podium with authority.
Al Qahtani commented by saying, “First of all, I would like to congratulate my teammate and friend Muath Al-Essa for his impressive results in round one and two. Muath had finished 1st in the last round and 3rd and that is a clear testimony that Muath has proven himself within a short period of time.”
When asked about the new Mustang RTR-D, Al Qahtani replied, “This is one powerful and well built machine, I took some time and had some fun practicing after last round and with each practice I feel I’m getting closer to becoming one with this monster when I am behind that steering wheel.”
The team’s success is not only shown through winning championships, but through proving to the public and enthusiasts that drifting as a hobby that can be turned from something negative when practiced on public streets into a rewarding career providing positive mindset, dedication and most importantly, passion for the sport. Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies through JFR aim to spread safety awareness and enhance individuals’ responsibility when on the road, especially youth. This message has also the full support of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare President, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, as well as the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation (SAMF).
Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Sales and Marketing Director, Sabah Al Kriadees, commented on the team’s achievements by saying “JFR wins every time their safety message is communicated. Winning is great on the podium and we are very proud of the team, but winning on the street against reckless driving is an ongoing effort that requires collaboration from the whole society.
Having three Saudi drift competitors on the podium at the end of the 2nd round and seeing the Saudi flag raised high on the podium enhanced my sense of pride and strengthened my belief in our youth. I want to take this opportunity to thank JFR sponsors, Hala Arabia Company, the exclusive dealer of KUMHO tires in Saudi Arabia, for sharing the importance of our message and for supporting the team being the official tire brand of the endorsing the team.


Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard beat Tunisia and power Belgium to brink of World Cup last 16

Updated 23 June 2018
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Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard beat Tunisia and power Belgium to brink of World Cup last 16

  • Romelu Lukaku drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts on Saturday
  • Belgium captain Eden Hazard scored in either half, including an early penalty at the Spartak Stadium

MOSCOW: Romelu Lukaku drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts on Saturday, scoring twice as Belgium moved to the brink of the last 16 after a 5-2 romp against Tunisia.
The victory leaves the Red Devils top of Group G with two wins ahead of their clash on Thursday against England, who play Panama on Sunday.
After also scoring twice in the opening 3-0 win against Panama, Manchester United’s Lukaku showed clinical finishing with two first-half goals in Moscow, matching Ronaldo’s tally in Russia.
Not to be outdone, Belgium captain Eden Hazard scored in either half, including an early penalty at the Spartak Stadium, before substitute Michy Batshuayi added their fifth.
Tunisia’s consolation goals came from defender Dylan Bronn and captain Wahbi Khazri.
The Belgians were criticized by coach Roberto Martinez for starting slowly against Panama in their first group match but flew out of the blocks in Moscow.
Hazard — having been on the receiving end of some bruising tackles in Belgium’s opener — was sent tumbling after just five minutes but converted the penalty to open his Russian account.
Midfielder Ferjani Sassi picked up an early booking for complaining when Tunisia’s appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears, just before Belgium added their second goal.
Ali Maaloul’s weak pass on the halfway line was collected by Dries Mertens, who sprinted away and put Lukaku clear.
The striker coolly hit his shot inside the far post, just past the outstretched glove of Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, in the 16th minute.
Tunisia responded two minutes later, Bronn leaping highest to head home a free-kick from his skipper Khazri on 18 minutes, only to be later carried off after landing awkwardly following a collision.
With half-time approaching, the Belgians grabbed their third goal.
After earlier squandering two clear chances created by Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku converted his third opportunity just before the half-time whistle.
Thomas Meunier put him in behind the defense and Lukaku tucked his shot away, celebrating with De Bruyne, who started the move.
The Manchester City midfield maestro turned provider again after the break for Hazard.
The Chelsea star sprinted onto De Bruyne’s lofted pass, held off two defenders, rounded keeper Ben Mustapha and tapped home Belgium’s fourth goal in the 51st minute.
With one eye on the England game, Martinez took off Lukaku, then Hazard as the half wore on and for the final 22 minutes brought on Batshuayi, who could have scored five.
The Borussia Dortmund forward had a chance cleared off the line, was twice denied by Ben Mustapha’s saves and hit the crossbar, finally converting a cross for Belgium’s fifth goal.
Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russia.