QRC Series drag racing event from today
THE first round of the Qatar Race Club (QRC) Series drag racing event will be held at the QRC drag racing track in Industrial Area from today.
As many as nine events, Pro Mod, Pro Bike, Super Street Bike, Street Bike, Outlaw 10.5, Top Sportsman, Super Street 8c, Super Street 6c and 750 Index in the cars and bikes sections will be held during the two-day event.
Teams from Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be seen in action in the event which is also the fourth round of the Arabian Drag Racing League.
While Qatar's Al Anabi Racing team which dominated the opening two rounds will start as favourites in the cars competition, teams from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are expected to perform well in the bikes section. The third round of the league was cancelled.
The event also features teams like Popey Racing (Bahrain), Q8 and STS (Kuwait) and Top Speed. UAE's Fazza team is however yet to arrive for the event.
Von Smith in a Chevrolet 57 along with Howard Moon will spearhead the challenge of Qatar's Al Anabi Racing Team in the quarter mile racing event.
"The main aim of organising the event for the first time is due to the initiative of HH Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani to promote the sport not only among the Qatari community but also in the Middle East," event coordinator Nick Cheliotis told Gulf Times yesterday.
"The QRC would also shortly commence a Drag Racing School to impart training to newcomers to the sport," he added.
Cheliotis also revealed that the stands could accommodate a crowd of around 5000. "There have been lots of enquiries about the event and I expect a big turnout," he said.
While the cars category will see Corvette, Camaro SS, Chevrolet 57 and Mustang vehicles in action, the bikes section will see Hayabusa skeletons set the pace on the track.
Today, two rounds of qualifying action are scheduled to be held at 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm and this will be followed by the third round qualifying and elimination races from 3.00pm tomorrow.