Saudi gamer crowned Ad Diriyah eSport champion

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Yasser Al-Mansour, right, won the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship. (Supplied)
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Yasser Al-Mansour won the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship. (Supplied)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Saudi gamer crowned Ad Diriyah eSport champion

  • Al-Mansour took an early lead and held it throughout to win

RIYADH: It was a big day for electric racing in Saudi Arabia, but not all heroes in Ad Diriyah sat behind a Formula E car on Saturday as one Saudi gamer held his nerve to be crowned eSport champion.
Yasser Al-Mansour netted the $125,000 prize as he saw off his competitors, who were both Saudis, to win the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship.
Unlike Formula E race where drivers battled it out until the dying seconds, Al-Mansour took an early lead and held it throughout.
The winner, from Fara’a, a small town a few hours’ drive from Riyadh, hailed the event saying: “I kept my position even though it was tough. Every one of my competitors had impressive lap times. I’m just happy I came up on top.”
“This eSports tournament is amazing. Not only is eSport a popular among Saudi youth now it can be used to introduce countless people to the world of motor sports. The simulators we raced felt like real life,” he said.
Al-Mansour beat out Mubarak Al-Dossary, from Dhaharan, who came second and won SAR250,000, and Abdulaziz Rayes, from Jeddah, who finished third and scooped SAR125,000.
On the line in the exciting eSports competition was a prize pot of up to SAR1million, $250,000, held in the Allianz E Village, just one of the attractions surrounding the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.
The event was supported by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS).
Dale Buxton, EGaming Consultant to Formula E, said: "The response to this competition has been huge, thousands flocked to enter and the standard has been so high. It shows the passion that exists for eSports within the Kingdom and we are grateful for the support of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sports."


Key moments in the driving history of Saudi women

Updated 24 June 2019
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Key moments in the driving history of Saudi women

  • A Sept. 26, 2017, royal decree ordered the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia
  • Last April, Saudi racing car driver Reema Juffali made her Formula 4 British Championship debut in UK

Sept. 26, 2017: A royal decree orders the lifting of a ban on women driving in the Kingdom.

Jan. 11, 2018: The first car showroom for women only opens in a Jeddah shopping mall.

June 4,2018: The first driving licenses are issued to 10 Saudi women in the Kingdom, who exchange their foreign licenses for Saudi ones ahead of the historic day.

June 8, 2018: Laura Alho, otherwise known as Blue Abaya, is the first European woman to get a Saudi driver’s license.

June 24, 2018: The first day women are allowed to drive on the Kingdom’s roads. Many female drivers, including Shoura Council member Leena Almaeena, hit the roads after midnight. Traffic police hand out flowers to female motorists in the morning.

June 24, 2018: Aseel Al-Hamad becomes the first Saudi woman to drive an F1 car in a symbolic lap around the French Grand Prix circuit in Le Castellet.

June 27, 2018: Saramma Thomas, a nurse, becomes the first Indian woman to get a Saudi driving license.

April 6-7, 2019: Saudi racing car driver Reema Juffali makers her Formula 4 British Championship debut at Brands Hatch in the UK.