The 2014/5 Drift UAE season kicked off at the Dubai Autodrome last weekend. The new season would herald a new beginning for the Middle East’s premier drift series, with numerous international personnel changes accompanied by a fresh grid of talent. A glorious sunshine basking the beautiful Autodrome Circuit brought out a huge numbers of fans who all lined the parameter fence, ready for a new season of drifting in the Middle East.
Qualifying was a heated affair with last season’s champion Ahmed Al-amri fighting off the advances of Ahmad Daham, Ahmed Tarek and Russian newcomer Sergey Kabargin to claim P1 with a score of 93.5 from the judges, who included 2014 Drift Allstars Champion James Deane. While radio presenter Kris Fade kept the Drift UAE faithful informed and entertained, the venue was primed for some incredible battles to decide a victor.
Samer Khadra would throw everything at the Evil Empire Toyota Supra of Sergey Kabargin but would have to settle for 4th place, the Russian hitting the podium on his Drift UAE debut. In the most highly anticipated battle of the day, the final saw old rivals Ahmad Daham and Ahmed Al-amri go One More Time in the final before Daham’s axle would break and grant victory to the Toyota and Al Ain Water driver. Al-amri would top the podium and start a new season as the one to beat once again.
We heard that Drift UAE Round 1 broke the record fan attendance with the series and people told us it was some of the most competitive driving the Middle East has ever seen! The series kicks off with Round 2 in 2015 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on January 24th where I hope to see more awesome drift cars like the Rolls Royce above!