DRIFT UAE TO KICK OFF IN ABU DHABI
The region’s top Drifters to compete at Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi, 28 November 2012 – The UAE’s and region’s best drifters are set to descend on Yas Marina Circuit this upcoming Saturday, 1st of December for the opening round of Drift UAE.
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.
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.