With just a week remaining until the Red Bull Car Park Drift Qualifier, Kuwait is gearing up to find out who will be crowned the 2018 National King of Drift. Only a couple of months since welcoming elite drifters competing for the 2017 King of Drift thrown at the Red Bull Car Park Drift Series Final, Kuwait is, once again, ready to rev-up its engines for the local qualifier of the 2018 series on March 9 at Sirbb Circuit.
Twenty-five drifters will go head to head to impress the reputable judges and clinch the crown of the Kuwait 2018 King of Drift. Having had hosted a successful adrenaline-filled Series Final on December 8, Kuwait is, no doubt, in the position to impress thousands of drifting and motorsport fans alike. Red Bull Car Park Drift is organized by Basel Salem AlSabah Motor Racing Club and is sponsored by Total, Falken Tyres, Drag 965, and Acqua Eva. Media partner, Kuwait Times, will cover this popular event. In order to be crowned the 2018 King of Drift, the drifters will have to score the highest on a variety of criteria.
Aiming to elevate the competition year after year, Abdo Feghali, the Guinness World Book Record holder for the longest drift, has modified the criteria to challenge the drifters. This year their performance will be determined based on Car Look & Design (10%), Tire Smoke (10%), Car Sound (7%), Section 1 Drifting (15%), Section 2 Drifting (15%), Boxes (15%), Gates (15%), and Pendulum (13%). This challenging competition leaves no room for error, as participants will lose points if they hit obstacles, drift the wrong way, or spin their car. In case of three penalties, the drifter will be disqualified. Kuwait’s drifter will face a fierce challenge for the King of Drift title, competing against drifters from eleven other countries that have participated in the series.
The 2018 series kicked off in Oman on January 26 and the competition has continued since then with qualifiers in UAE, Egypt, and Qatar. Qualifiers will continue in Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Mauritius, and Lebanon In front of 4,000 spectators, Rafaat Al Yahyai from Oman managed to clinch the 2017 Red Bull Car Park Drift Series Final title in a spectacular manner. Second place went to Othman Al Takriti from Jordan, followed by Ahmad Hamada from Egypt who rounded the podium. To find out more follow Red Bull on Instagram and Twitter @redbullkuwait and on Facebook @redbull