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2005 Thunder Arabia Racing Series
Starts this Thursday in Bahrain

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Motion Trends, PR, Bahrain,
20th September 2005.

Motorsport fans at the Bahrain international circuit on Thursday 22nd  September 2005 will be in just the right place to witness a significant event in Bahrain and Middle East motorsport – the first-ever race of the first-ever Formula FordChampionship in the Middle East.

When the 2005 Thunder Arabia Racing Series kicks off with the first of its six rounds at Bahrain international circuit in September, it will be the first new series for single seater race cars in this country and the region.

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Bahrain Thunder Arabia racing starts in two days

2005 Thunder Arabia Racing Series with six rounds at Bahrain International Circuit, starting in September.

The Thunder Arabia Racing Series is expected to add a new dimension to the local and regional motorsport scene. Not only does the series look set to provide excellent on-track action, but it incorporates important opportunities for up-and-coming Middle Eastern drivers to further their racing careers and has involved intensive planning from Thunder Arabia Management team of Hassan El Wardany, Sherif Al Mahdy, Mohamed Hussein and others.

A total of 20 Zip Formula Ford cars are available for the 2005 season and Sherif Al Mahdy is pleased that 16 drivers are confirmed to line up on the starting grid at Bahrain International Circuit, representing more than 6 countries.

“To have 16 drivers of this caliber confirmed as the first-ever entrants in the Thunder Arabia Racing Series is very pleasing,” says Al Mahdy.

“You can’t honestly pick one over another as the most likely top contenders – not only are they all talented drivers, but none of them will have raced these 130 bhp Ford-engined single seaters until they line up on that starting grid at BIC on September 23rd.

“There are the obvious driving talents of Egyptian kart champions Adham Bakir and Ahmed Hamada, who has been racing a Rotax Max most recently, and Bahrain’s kart Drivers Rashid Al Qattan from Bahrain Young Guns Team, also the talented drivers A.Aziz Al Ya’eesh and Fahad Al Harbi from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with Richard Terry and Ed Mc-alpin from the USA.

“And then there’s Raed Raffii and Mohammed Al Aali from Bahrain who will be our youngest competitors – aged 15 – when the series starts. Mustafa Al Khan, Ahmed Kuzbar and Wael al Saffar from Bahrain, who represents the veteran drivers in the championship, and finally the Indian Driver Sanjay Vara”.

 “We have some international driver confirmed at this stage who will take place in the Exhibition round during the support race of the GP2.

“The Championship will start on Thursday, with the free practice session and two qualifying sessions for Friday races 1 & 2. the qualification will be in the same format of Formula 1 Race.”

“With the variety of drivers and countries on the grid, Bahrain fans are set to witness the birth of series that will grow to be the chance for Middle Eastern Drivers to step up and take their well deserved place in the world of Motorsport around the world.

“So we’ve got an outstanding line-up of drivers, supported by some significant sponsors such as Ezremit, KAPA , EDS and Modern Motors Egypt and team members with great experience. All in all, it should be an exciting and interesting inaugural Thunder Arabia Racing Series,” Added Al Mahdy.

“ We should mention that the birth of this championship is a result of the great cooperation between Thunder Arabia and Bahrain International Circuit, and I have to thank H.E.Sh. Fawaz Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa (President of GOYS) Sh. Salman Bin Issa Al Khalifa (BIC PR & Government affair Director) and Mr. Martin Whitaker (BIC General Manager) for their support to set this championship out” , concludes Al Mahdy.