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Al-Otaibi shows class as Q8 Racing clinch top spot ‘GulfRun 24hr Karting Endurance 3’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 7: Kuwait Racing’s Azzam Al-Otaibi finished the final of Q8 Racing team’s top score of 2,176 laps for the team to clinch the top spot of the “GulfRun 24HR Karting Endurance3” race held at the SIRBB Circuit in the Shuwaikh Industrial Area of Kuwait. Speaking to Arab Times, the Chief organizer of the event, Marzouq Alghanim, said the event, usually sponsored by Wataniya Telecom, Jashenmal and a host of other corporate entities, is the third held in Kuwait and the first time it’s held in the newly built SIRBB Circuit in Shuwaikh. There were eighteen teams participating, each with ten drivers.

* Overall Best team- Q8 Racing
Elite Category:
* Champion – Q8 Racing
* 1st Runner Up – McDonald’s
* 2nd Runner Up – Gulf Cable
Silver Category:
* Champion – Pro Riders Club
* Ali Alghanim
* JPS Racing

Other awards included Best Team Captain, Coolest team, Best Organized team with McDonald’s and British team Multiworks winning the last two.
The race kicked off 4pm on Friday, December 06, 2013 and ended 4.30pm on Saturday, December 07, 2013 with the results declared and winners awarded at 5.30pm. Over three thousand tickets were sold with some racing fans staying overnight to cheer their teams on.
The spectators included adults and children. Majority of the participants were Kuwaitis but there were also about eight or nine different Kuwait resident nationalities participating, some from New Zealand, Britain, USA and so forth.

Registration for the competition opened in September through November with organizers bringing in specific endurance kart racing machines meant to withstand the 24hr racing. The results were based on the number of laps completed by a team through the 24hr period with team drivers rotating among themselves to complete the race.  
Awards presented after the grueling 24hr Karting Endurance race included the overall Best team, Elite and Silver Classifications.
GulfRun is an annual motorsport event that started in 2005 and was organized by a group of young Kuwaitis who shared a passion for cars. The original motive for the event was to provide a venue for amateur drivers while endorsing the importance of safe driving.

The Bahrain international circuit with the help of qualified trainers and professional instructors, sewt the scene for what was to become an annual racing and training event. The goal behind GulfRun was simple; promote automobile racing and training in the country in a safe and secure environment. The success of the first GulfRun set the course for an established annual racing and training event fueled by the passion to drive.
As interest grew, the event grew from a weekend track day with a dozen cars into an open event consisting of over 60 drivers supported by local sponsors. GulfRun has developed from an annual event into a complete season of motorsports activities that include the 24HR Karting Endurance Race, the GulfRun Car Show, GulfRun Race as well as the GulfRun Racing Academy.

By Iddris Seidu
Arab Times Staff

By: Iddris Seidu

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