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Two-day car expo for GulfRun 9 participants set for Friday ‘GulfRun takes people off the streets’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 6: “GulfRun takes people off the streets, show them the race circuit, then they can move on to the next level to become professional racers”, says Al-Fraih as he spoke to Arab Times Monday at a Press conference held to announce a 2-day car expo for GulfRun 9 participants scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan 10 and 11 at the 360 Mall. The car show, the seventh to be held since the GulfRun started, is an annual exhibition showcasing the sports cars participating in the highly anticipated car race that is scheduled to take place on Jan 23 and 24 at the Bahrain International Circuit. About ninety percent of participants come from Kuwait and the sixty five cars limited annually for the race is a safety limitation and not participation limitation, says Khaled Al Fraih, GufRun official. The GulfRun official continued that organizing the event in Bahrain is a way to give Kuwaiti motorsport enthusiasts access to race tracks in a safe environment which is what GulfRun actually GulfRun exists for.

As far as the rules, Al-Fraih said there haven’t been any changes made specifically for the ninth edition of the race since the rules have been perfected over the years on how to come out with the best car combination. However, over the years, organizers try to involve more people, more cars as well as more events and when the cars get to the international circuit in Bahrain, they go through competitions such as the inner-circuit, outer-circuit, GP-Circuit, Drag, Karting as well as Auto cross as part of a complete two- day event. Competitors are grouped into their own classes to cross compete between different car types.
When the cars go into the race circuit, their individual times are taken and they’re not required to compete against each other but against their individual times and each has an hour to do the best time on a five kilometer track which ensures safety, a cardinal objective of the event.

“GulfRun takes people off the streets, show them the race circuit, then they can move on to the next level to become professional racers”, said Al-Fraih. The current record to beat, two minutes and thirteen seconds (2:13) was set by Sami Al Haider in last year’s contest driving a Corvette GO6 in the unlimited Horsepower category.  Other vehicle categories participating in the event include medium and small horsepower cars.

As to the level of improvement since the event’s inception nine years ago, Mr Ahmed Al-Majid, a member of the event’s organizing committee, stated that the safety awareness created around the event aside, many of the drivers who started as amateurs now find themselves competing as semi- professionals at GCC level championships and could in the near future be competing on international circuits. “The level of professionalism and respect for the sport in Kuwait is on the ascendency and that’s good news for motorsport enthusiasts in the country”, he noted.

By Iddris Seidu
Arab Times Staff

By: Iddris Seidu

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