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Yas Marina Circuit, UAE to host the first round of the World Drift Championship

Extreme Drift Allstars fueled by Monster Energy kicks off the 2016 GP season at the Yas Marina Circuit, UAE.

530b0047-ef58-4719-85fd-18ad5fd48ddf10 international drivers from across the globe will touch down at the Yas Marina circuit in the Unitied Arab Emirates on April 7-8th to do battle under the lights against the best drivers in the Middle East for the opening round of honors of the 2016 Drift Allstars GP Series.

This will be the first time the region’s drivers will do battle against some of the biggest names of the sport. Combine this with the current explosion of the sport across the GCC region and this event promises to be a huge boost for the sport as it evolves into the fastest growing and biggest motorsport in the Middle East.

Yas Marina Circuit, famous for hosting the final round of the Formula 1 series, V8 Supercars and International GT racing will be specially adapted for what is shaping up to be the biggest International drift event to hit the region so far.

Niall Gunn added “Kicking off at the Yas Marina Circuit is a dream come true. The Abu Dhabi Drift GP season opener is the perfect fit for Drift Allstars as we kick off our new international series which goes across 3 continents this season. Hailed as the ultimate drift circuit on the planet it’s going to be one of the main highlights of the 2016 season, utilizing this world class facility and combining live music and entertainment as part of the show. We cannot wait to see a star studded lineup of International Drivers battle the best Drift drivers in the Middle East”

Going against the international drivers will be a host of the top professional drifters from the region who will be aiming to continue their undefeated record against international drivers.

Ahmed Alamri of the UAE will be fighting for the National pride as the reigning Drift UAE Champion, he will be defending his home country’s honor. Ali Makhseed, rising Kuwaiti superstar will be leading the charge from the North of the region after early season wins. Along with a man that some say is one of the biggest stars of the season, Ahmad Daham, he is one of the most successful drivers from Jordan and will want to step it up and take his chance to battle the big names. Abudhadi Alqatani will be leading the force from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Hometown Heroes Sultan Al Qassimi and Khalifa Al Nahyan will also be carrying hometown honor as they both make there 2016 International debuts on the World Stage.
10 international drivers from across the globe will be brought into battle the very best from the middle east. Reining European champion James Deane will be leading the charge with many national champions from across Europe relishing the experience of the Yas Marina Circuit

The Action kicks off at 18.00 on both Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of April. An extensive retail village and entertainment area will be run on the Oasis of the North Stand. For the first time the SBH Auto Collection will be on show with 20 different car clubs will coming together to showcase their vehicles in the confines of the North Stand. Live music and entertainment will keep the fans on the edge of their toes over the duration off the action packed two days.

With tickets starting at just 60 AED we are expecting a record breaking crowd in attendance to see the battle ensue. Tickets now available at

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