Posted on 29 November 2012.
As the UAE’s first locally-based professional series, Drift UAE will see approximately 18 home-grown and regional Drifters, including the UAE’s own Drift King, Ahmed Al Ameri, compete in three categories: Street, Modified and Pro.
The series will include seven rounds throughout the UAE, the first and last of which to take place at Yas Marina Circuit.
Adapted for this region from the original form of Japanese drifting, drifting involves manoeuvring cars through a marked course at high speed and at close quarters into controlled sideways slides.
A panel of judges award points for four elements: speed, line, angle and overall impression. It takes place on a closed course and is judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course fastest.
Started by local drift enthusiasts Mohammad Alfalasi and Samer Khadra in 2011, Drift UAE aims to grow grass root drifting in the UAE and the region, through providing young motorsport fans with a safe and professional platform to learn and grow.
Saud Al Qaydi, Motorsport Manager of Yas Marina Circuit commented: “Yas Marina Circuit supports all levels of drifting, from our regular Drift Nights which are open to anyone, through to professional events such as UAE Drift.
Given the rising popularity of Drifting in the UAE, we hope to add new products and events specifically aimed at bringing the action and excitement of drift to new audiences.”
Commenting on the upcoming event, Mohammad Alfalasi, CEO of Drift UAE said: “Yas Marina Circuit is a challenging and fun circuit for drifting and we’re expecting fierce competition from local and regional talent in this opening round.”
“Drift not only appeals to those participating but it’s also a great entertainment for fans to watch,” added Alfalasi.
Priced at 50 AED per person, tickets to watch the opening round of Drift UAE at Yas Marina Circuit are now available through the Yas Marina Circuit’s call centre 800 YAS (927). On-track action is set to start at 6.00 pm and continues until 11.00 pm.
For more information on Drift UAE, please visit: www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
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