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SIRBB Circuit opens to public Kuwait’s newest state-of-the-art karting facility

KUWAIT CITY, March 11: The doors to SIRBB Circuit, Kuwait’s newest state-of-the-art karting facility, have now been officially flung open for use by the general public. The Monday night operational launch of the circuit follows a soft opening last October which saw hundreds of people attend to witness some of the largest car, motorbike, and drifting parades seen in Kuwait. Mustafa Makhseed, General Manager of Kuwait’s Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum which runs the circuit, stated at the SIRBB official launch press conference that people have waited a long time for a facility like SIRBB, given that Kuwait has one of the region’s highest concentration of motorsport lovers and investors. People in Kuwait go out of their way to attend and be part of motor-related activities all over the world, and now it’s finally just next door at home. 

From what we’ve seen over the last few months, SIRBB Circuit, built as a hire karting facility, attracts men and women from all ages and backgrounds, and we’re gearing up to become Kuwait’s prime destination, thanks to the continuing support of His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah to automotive enthusiast in Kuwait, and also to Abdulaziz Ishak, member of the Board of Trustees of the museum, for his guidance and input to the Museum’s plans, says Makhseed. 
The General Manager in a caution to users of the facility added that what’s most important for people to understand is that these karts aren’t toys; they’re machines every formula-1 champion in the world has had to use as a launch pad to the pinnacle of his career, the Schumachers of the motorsport world not excluded. The circuit which runs a total 40 French made Sodi RT8 GX270 karts, teaches hire kart karting enthusiast who love the thrill of racing, the basics like how to turn, handle the brakes, acceleration and control of the machine on the circuit in general and once riders are able to master those skills, they obviously become safer drivers on the roads as well which translates into less headaches for the motor traffic police out there on the streets.
The machines come with very relaxing seats to cater for the driver’s comfort. They also come equipped for safe driving that should reassure families who come patronizing them. With the operational launch, karting enthusiasts can now walk in, book paid appointments and enjoy their racing. Prices range from 5 to 25 dinars for durations on the circuit ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. There’re other concessionary rates for groups as well.
In the few months since its launch, SIRBB Circuit has become Kuwait’s premier motorsports destination and gathering point and the center to most major motorsport-related events and activities. In under 4 months, SIRBB was host to a number of major motorsport events that included Road Rush 2013 - a women’s only kart racing event, Gulf Run’s 2013 24-Hour Karting Endurance Race, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro launch, the Lamborghini Huracan private viewing, Porsche Open Day, Classic Car Festival, Classic Pickup Festival, as well as a multitude of corporate events and weekly local car club meetings and gatherings. “We’re really excited about finally being able to pass on the fun to everyone” says Julian Hayward, the Facility Director. “We’ve been working hard on setting the stage for the public and solidifying our safety standards - and making sure it’s a pleasant and thrilling experience for all our visitors”.
On the other hand, Eng. Zakaria Dashti, Executive Manager of the Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum, added, “We’ve been getting walk-ins and bookings non-stop since we’ve announced our public opening last weekend, which is very exciting for us and for Kuwait. We have great plans for SIRBB that we will be announcing later, but we guarantee that SIRBB will always provide motorsport enjoyment in Kuwait.” Engineer Dashti also revealed that SIRBB Circuit just hours earlier received membership approval to join the France- based Sodi World Series so they can be part of the network for international leisure ranking for kart racing. 
The concept is simple. A series of official hire kart races are held throughout the world, generating an international ranking updated in real time on the dedicated Sodi SWS website. At the end of the season, the top-ranked drivers will compete in the International Final held at the fabulous Alain Prost circuit at Le Mans France in May 2014. SIRBB is 100% hire kart series, giving the racer an opportunity to compete throughout the season in Kuwait without having to invest in the race.
Thirty media personnel in two groups of 15 each were given the opportunity to have a feel of the race tracks, taking part in four rounds of racing competitions. Three emerged winners at the end of the races and were awarded trophies by SIRBB officials. SIRBB Circuit is the GCC’s newest karting facility, built on modern, state-of-the-art grounds. A truly unique spot in Kuwait, SIRBB Circuit lies at the heart of motor city in Shuwaikh Industrial, right next to the Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum and opposite Alghanim Motors - at the intersection of the Jahra and Airport Roads. 
Under the auspices and generous support of His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohamad Al Sabah, SIRBB Circuit is hoping to become the new hub for automobile enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, and to celebrate all things motorsport with a host of experiences already in motion like karting, drift rides and the exclusive Ariel Atom. With more surprises to be rolled out over the course of the year, SIRBB Circuit is a place where Kuwaitis and expats alike can finally live their love for motorsports, right here in their hometown.

By Iddris Seidu

Arab Times Staff

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