Meritus revs up for 'home race'.Around 5,000 fanatical fans are expected to cheer on the Malaysian racing team with Arab links during this weekend's 2010 GP2 Asia Series The GP2 Asia Series is a form of open wheel motor racing based on the GP2 series.
The series was Officially announced during the weekend of the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix. at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Team Malaysia QI-MeritusMahara.com is sponsored by QuestNet, a Hong-Kong-based direct selling Direct selling is the marketing of products or services to consumers through sales tactics including presentations, demonstrations, and phone calls. It is sometimes also considered to be a sale that does not utilize a "middle man" such as a retail outlets, distributors or brokers. brand with global operations Global Operations is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Barking Dog Studios and published by both Crave Entertainment and Electronic Arts. It was released in March of 2002, following its public multiplayer beta version which contained only the Quebec map. covering the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
It is also the only Arab-owned racing squad in GP2 Asia Series due to its partner Raad S Abduljawad.
Saudi-born Abduljawad, the team's chairman, lives in Budaiya with his Bahraini-wife ... only 20 minutes away from the circuit.
He said: "Racing in Bahrain is always a great experience and it's a circuit that all drivers enjoy. It's good to have the team back home for the third event of the season.
"It will be important to get as many points as possible in order to keep a good place in the championship."
The Malaysia QI-MeritusMahara.com team finished fourth in the standings after round two of the GP2 Asia series at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi (ä`b thä`bē, zä–, dä–), Arab. Abu Zabi, sheikhdom (1995 pop. 928,360), c. with Italian Luca Filippi and American rookie Alexander Rossi Alexander Mark Rossi was a successful British artist specializing in genre works who flourished in the late 19th century. He was born in 1841 on Corfu, the son of Dr Mark Rossi, an Italian who was one of the three judges presiding over the Ionian Islands during the time of British showing huge potential. Now both drivers are gearing up for what they describe as their 'home race'. Filippi is already a GP2 winner at the BIC BIC
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He said: "It will be my third race with Malaysia QI-MeritusMahara.com after the two rounds at Abu Dhabi to start the season, where I finished second on the podium.
"I love being back in Bahrain and clearly remember my race win in 2007 and I will have the same engine for this race as I did in 2007.
"This is for sure a sign of good faith and I do hope to take some more points at the team's home race. The whole team and I have been working well and are very focused. We are hoping for a great result for our weekend in Bahrain."
Rossi, 18, is third in the drivers' championship, and will be driving in Bahrain for the first time.
A road show has been staged by QuestNet throughout the Middle East and will be moving on to Malaysia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in the weeks ahead to motivate and excite motor racing motor racing n (BRIT) → carreras fpl de coches; automovilismo
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As part of the initiative, the team's management and drivers made a pit stop at the French School in Busaiteen on Monday to hand out team shirts and sign autographs for 460 children between the ages of three and 18.
Peter Thompson, president and team founder, said: "It was a wonderful opportunity to work with the French School and the many smiling children.
"We wanted to show them the career opportunities they have at hand and help make their dreams come true.
"The drivers signed autographs, handed out shirts and showed them the workings of the car. We also had team building exercises and competitions such as the craziest QuestNet V-face contest. The winner Kamila Kassim, 10, received tickets to the race.
"We are very happy to be back in Bahrain and are looking forward to race weekend. We will be fighting hard to ensure mechanical reliability. They both have the potential to win and the team's engineering fundamentals have yet again been reinforced to ensure that the cars are in a strong position to score points in our home race.
"My brother Sean is the force behind the team's engineering development and I have confidence in his preparations for this event. The boys have done a great job and kept their third and fifth place in the classification of the series at the close of the second Abu Dhabi round of the GP2 Asia Series.
"The team has found the pace and I am confident that the whole team will come together for a great performance in Bahrain."
Sean Thompson Sean David Thompson (born October 13, 1982 in La Junta, Colorado) is a Major League Baseball left handed pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.
Thompson was selected by the San Diego Padres in the the 5th round (145th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. , team principal, added: "The team can count on the amazing support of our QuestNet fans in Bahrain and this will help them tremendously."
Look out for a wave of red shirts this weekend as QuestNet fans will be kitted out to show their love and support for the team.
Also as part of the road show in Bahrain, the team's red racing car will also be displayed at Seef Mall before the final round of 2010 GP2 Asia race at the Bahrain GP.
Fans who want to photograph and see the GP2 racing car in person and participate in the exciting activities lined up can visit the mall from March 2 to 6.
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