Posted by Mr MZEE
The first round of the freshly launched brand new series of the Emirates Drift Championship (EDC) kicked off on 30th December in a desert region of Abu Dhabi. The competition has witnessed a participation of 30 of the best drivers from the Middle East to face off against each other in this fresh competition to become the first EDC winner.
Let’s understand the format of the competition. The course is a custom layout – a track that is specifically designed to suit the more aggressive drivers with high powered cars as well as the low powered cars. This is done so that the lower powered cars can also drift easily on the track and the higher powered cars do not get a big advantage while they attempt single-car qualifying runs in the first portion of the competition.
The first part of the competition starts with a qualifying session, which decides the lineup and course of the further rounds. So, the drivers qualifying for position 9 to 24 pair up against each other in Top 24 in what can be called a sudden death stage. And the drivers who have qualified for position 1 to 8 get an automatic entry into Top 16 stage. In a head to head battle between two drivers, each driver gets a “lead” and a “chase” run, and the judges decide based on their performance, who gets to go to the next round of the competition.
In the first round held in Abu Dhabi, Sultan Al Qassimi took the lead in the Monster Energy sponsored Lunatics By Nature (LBN) team by winning the first round of the competition against a closely held battle between his teammates Khalifa Al Nahyan who finished 4th and Dany Neville who finished 11th. Sultan finished first ahead of Ahmed Omran Al Ameri of Team Red Bull.
The second round of the championship was held at RAK Track in Ras Al Khaimah, where the track was set to witness an intense battle between all the 30 drivers. This time, Ahmed Al Ameri made sure not to miss the opportunity to take the top spot. Ahmed Al Ameri took the 1st place from Sultan who came 2nd and Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani of Team Aljazirah Ford Racing took the 3rd spot. Dany Neville from Team Lunatics By Nature took the 4th place. It was quite a crazy day on the track and the crowds surely witnessed some of the best drift action.
Round 3 of the championship is going to be held on the 15th and 16th of February at the Oman Automobile Association in Oman. Make sure not to miss the action. Mark your dates!
Here are the top 10 drivers and their points after round 2.
|Sr No||Driver’s Name||Points|
|1||Sultan al Qassimi||95|
|2||Ahmed Omran Al Ameri||75|
|4||Abdul Hadi al Qahtani||72|
|6||Khalifa Sultan al Nahyan||59|
|8||Muath Al Essa||57|
|9||Hazaa Abdulla Al Hosani||53|