Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018
The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship was announced in a press conference in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 October 2018

Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship has been announced in a press conference in Jeddah on Monday.

The Kingdom-wide championship is organized by Abdullah Bakhashab, Saudi motorsport developer, under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and is sponsored by Nissan Saudi Arabia, Petromin, Mix FM radio and Intro.

Bader Al-Hussami, CEO of Nissan Saudi Arabia, addressed the press conference, saying: “We, at Nissan Saudi Arabia, devote our efforts to make it easy to enjoy owning and driving sports cars for all motorsport fans. Our passion is to achieve success on the racetrack with our knowledge and experience.”

He added: “We aim to provide an interesting experience for the drivers of Nissan cars, and thus, we support and sponsor motorsport events such as the Saudi Star Drift Championship, which aims to develop motorsports in Saudi Arabia. This is in addition to the great attention and participation of a large number of youths who want to compete and develop their talents and skills in driving sports cars; we remain committed to supporting these youths to create a positive impact on their lives and communities.”

Sameer Nawar, CEO of Petromin, said the sponsorship of the event falls within Petromin’s strategy of supporting various youth and sports activities that are safe and secure. “Through this we are sending a message to young people about the importance of practicing this sport in special places built for this purpose in order to protect their lives and the lives of other road users,” he said.

“Petromin is keen to be among the first companies to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to raise the level of sports in the Kingdom. We were the first company to organize a karting race for women; we also sponsored many motorsport events, which are popular among youth and are held under the direct supervision of the SAMF,” Nawar added.

Bakhashab explained that every round in the championship will include four categories, namely: Professional, Advanced, Amateur, and Nissan.  The 1st round of the championship will kick off on Oct. 12 at King Abdullah Park. The 2nd round will kick off at Alkhobar Corniche on Oct. 26, and will be followed by the 3rd round in Riyadh on Nov. 23. 

The 4th round will take place in Jeddah on Dec. 19, while the championship finals will be held in Jeddah on Dec. 20.

Bakhashab said: “The drift races have become wildly popular and attract a large number of audiences and participants alike, thereby raising the level of professionalism of the participating teams and attracting companies’ support.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Nissan, Petromin Oils, Mix FM radio and Intro for their participation and sponsorship.”