Al-Jarba wins Saudi Star Drifting Championship

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Falah Al-Jarba taking part in the Saudi Star Drifting Championship. (Supplied)
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Falah Al-Jarba on top of the podium. (Supplied)
Updated 29 October 2018
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Al-Jarba wins Saudi Star Drifting Championship

AL-KHOBAR: Falah Al-Jarba on Friday won the Saudi Star Drifting Championship in the city of Al-Khobar in the Eastern Province. 

He was one of 25 contestants in the professional drifting category, with the championship drawing in a crowd of more than 7,000.

The Chevrolet ambassador also won day one of the Time Attack race earlier this month in his 2019 Corvette ZR1. 

“The Corvette is a supercar that tries to stick as much as it can to the track, utilizing all its aerodynamics and engineering,” Al-Jarba told Arab News.

Drifting “is about power, aggression and adapting every second,” he said. “It’s the moment where the tyre loses its traction with the asphalt and the black rubber evaporates into smoke.”


Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

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Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.
A California native, Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic, which he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid requires confirmation from the Senate, which would appear likely as the retired four-star general has long enjoyed respect in Washington.