Dubai's drift Kings are back

VIDEO: Red Bull Car Park Drift returns - expect noise, tyre smoke and doughnuts. 

Neil Churchill November 19, 2015

It’s fair to say that many drivers in Dubai struggle performing basic manoeuvres in a tight supermarket car park. Should they be at Meydan Hotel this weekend, they may well learn a thing or two.

On Friday, Dubai will host its third Red Bull Car Park Drift final; a showcase of the region’s most talented drifters, performing their skills in the tightest car park of them all. 

All part of the Dubai Motor Festival, the adrenaline-fuelled event will see 16 contestants from across the Middle East compete for the coveted ‘King of Drift’ title, having already qualified from their respective countries.

The drivers hail from the UAE, Tunisia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Jordan, Oman, Egypt and Qatar.

The event has a unique split between covered and open track, and has been made all the more tougher with two new obstacles: the Pendulum and the Spiral. This is despite last year’s course proving too tight and tricky for a number of the competitors, as can be seen in the video above. 

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Expect noise, tyre smoke, and then more noise and tyre smoke.

Drifting is not about straight-line speed; the complete opposite in fact. Drivers will have to negotiate a technically challenging course, and will be judged on seven criteria: two lots of drifting skills, the car’s looks and design, proximity to the clipping point of each obstacle, tyre smoke, car sound and finally performance in the box – a tight enclosure that drivers need to ‘doughnut’ in.

Rally champion and the face of Red Bull Car Park Drift, Abdo Feghali, who presided over the track’s design, said: “Year on year, the Red Bull Car Park Drift is getting tougher and the addition of the Pendulum and the Spiral will surely add that extra challenge we are always after.

“The caliber of the region’s drifters is improving, making competition fiercer and fiercer. We made sure the track which has a 40/60 split between closed and open areas of the Meydan Hotel parking lot, would push the drifters to the limit.”

Details: Meydan Hotel, G12 car park, 20th November. Doors open at 6pm, with attendance open to public. Tickets to the grandstands can be purchased through Virgin Megastores or at the gate.