Abdulrahman Fakhro won the Qatar round of the Red Bull Car Park Drift, part of the 2017 Middle East Season on Friday.
The event was held under the support and supervision of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and in partnership with Total, Falken Tyres, Shop and Ship, Vodafone Qatar, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. – Nissan and Losail Circuit Sports Club.
The action-packed evening featured a signature show by the extraordinary Abdo Feghali who supervised the event and its contestants. Around 10,0000 spectators crowded the Doha Corniche to witness the crowning of Qatar’s ultimate drifter.
Fakhroo set the bar as he achieved 243 points, winning both the crowd’s and the judges’ favour. Fans gathered at the Dallah Parking to cheer 20 contestants, as they were put to the ultimate drifting test.
Fakhro, driving a Nissan Silvia, enforced his own style throughout the night, as he claimed the most points up to the final run. In second place, Ahmad Abu Irshaid, driving a Nissan 350z, was the runner-up with 230 up while Mohamed al-Khayat with 227 points was third in his BMW M2. Sultan al-Mureikhi, Executive Director of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation handed the victors their trophies.
After being crowned King of Drift, Fakhro said: “Thrilled for the win for the second year in row. Despite some obstacles, we managed to overcome and clinch the title. I dedicate thin victory to my country Qatar, and all the supporters.”
The judges panel was made up of QMMF Team Coordinator and Public Relations Manager Rashid al-Sulaiti, Red Bull Athlete and Rally Driver Mohamed Abu Issa, Rally Veteran Jean Pierre Nasrallah and Motorsports Producer Chafic Saade. Judges implemented a complete criterion that analysed the drifters’ technique, finesse as well as their car’s look and aesthetics.
The evening opened with a phenomenal performance by the drifting legend and Red Bull athlete Feghali, thrilling all the attendees and setting up the atmosphere for competitive drifting.
Winner Abdulrahman Fakhro (centre) celebrates with second placed Ahmad Abu Irshaid and third placed Mohamed al-Khayat on the podium of Qatar round of the Red Bull Car Park Drift.