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Ali al Balushi wins Red Bull Car Park Drift Oman Qualifier 2013.

The Red Bull Car Park Drift Oman Qualifier crowned Ali al Balushi the new champion recently at the Oman Automobile Association.

The Omani 'King of Drift' will represent the sultanate in the regional finals hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre. RunnerA[degrees]up Sami al Shaibani will also compete in the regional finals on November 8 leading up to the announcement of the new regional King of Drift.

Only 14 of the country's best elite drivers were selected to comA[degrees] pete in the fourth season of the Red Bull Car Park Drift. With their specially modified cars, drivers managed to take on the twists and turns of the track with exceptional precision. The competition itself took place on a specially designed track that would bring out the best drifting techniques. Red Bull athA[degrees] lete and rally champion Abdo Feghali judged the event alongside Oman's acclaimed circuit driver Ahmed al Harthy and Oman rally driver Khalid al Manji.

Abdo said that the final score is based on five factors; 50 per cent is allocated to the art of drift while the remaining score is equally divided between the engine's roar and tyres' smoke, crowd's reacA[degrees] tion, the appearance of the car, front clipping point and rear clipA[degrees] ping point. The Red Bull driver added: "This year, the judging sysA[degrees] tem was modified slightly and new criteria added to include front and rear clipping points."

Preparations are underway in Dubai for the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals which will top a new season of the most thrilling and powerful drifts that roamed around the Middle East since the beginning of the year.

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Nov 7, 2013
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