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.


Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

The gunners could not defeat 10-man Atletico Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

  • The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes
  • Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week

LONDON: Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.
However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.
Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.
Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.
There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.
And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.
Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.
Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.

And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.
Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.
Atletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semifinals in seven seasons under Simeone.
The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.
Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.
And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.
Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.
Atletico retreated ever deeper toward their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.
However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.
Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.
And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.
Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.
There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.