January 2013 saw another successful GulfRun event come to a close. The event has developed into a fan favorite, linking up man vs. machine at the Bahrain International Circuit annually. Hit the jump to watch a recap of this year’s GulfRun 8 event. (more…)
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Like I said before, January is mostly GulfRun month here on Brake Banzeen! I received an email recently with the schedule of events over the coming weeks until GulfRun 8 kicks off in Bahrain on the 23rd of January. I also received the compilation video of the 24 Hour Karting Endurance Race which they hosted in December. Get the GulfRun 8 details and watch the karting video after the jump. (more…)
It’s January and that can only mean one thing: GulfRun 8 is nearing! As always, I’m expecting to see plenty of high-horsepower machinery battling it out at the Bahrain International Circuit, possibly take a few passenger rides myself. Check out the promo video after the jump. (more…)
This past week witnessed the first racing event of RaceRoom Kuwait’s three week simulator tournament. No other word could describe it but “awesome”!
To my surprise the venue was packed! I even saw a few familiar faces from the GulfRun events. That provided very little comfort from a competitive perspective considering most of these guys spend a lot of time driving on real circuits.
The real highlight for me (and I’m sure many others) was a little 9-year old who had us all questioning our driving abilities. His steering and throttle inputs were (more…)
For the second consecutive year, Audi and Lamborghini of Kuwait – represented by Fouad Alghanim & Sons Automotive (FAS) – sponsored the GulfRun. At this year’s event, GulfRun 7, they showcased the Audi R8 V10, the Audi RS 5, the Lamborghini LP570-4 Spyder and the Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera.
As if getting close to the cars wasn’t enough of a treat, FAS gave GulfRun participants and guests the opportunity to experience high-speed ‘taxi rides’ with their professional drivers.
The first part of my ‘experience’ was a ride in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder. We followed a lead safety car through the course, which gave me a chance to (more…)
It came and went by so fast! With the blink of an eye, GulfRun 7 is now past us and let me tell you: this was their best yet. A few minor tweaks changed everything for me, someone who has been attending the event consecutively for the last few years.
What was the major tweak that hit home? The fact that we were based in the GP pit garages (same ones utilized by Formula One) gave a sense of seriousness and maturity to the event.
The GP pits are a lot more spacious, in comparison to the other pit area. And best of all: they’re spitting distance from the long straight near the Start / Finish line. When any car rolls by at full throttle, you not only hear it, you (more…)
As GulfRun 7 kicks off this weekend in Bahrain (January 26th – 27th), there was only one thing left to do: load up the cars and have them sent to the Bahrain International Circuit!
By no means is it easy to organize such an event. For one thing, there is all the pre-planning, securing of the participants, getting all the paperwork ready for transporting the vehicles to Bahrain via Saudi Arabia, let alone dealing with a lot of ‘antsy’ drivers and a lot of horsepower.
Prior to loading up the cars, the drivers were instructed to meet up at Tilal Complex where they were briefed on the driving route to the (more…)
I stopped by a crowded 360 Mall today to check out some of the rides participating in this year’s GulfRun event: numero 7.
Inside, the GulfRun boys set up two large stands with some wonderful cars on display. In the pic above we have a red Audi R8 GT (supplied by Fouad Alghanim & Sons Automotive Co.), a silver Ford GT and a white McLaren SLR 722.
A few track cars were also on hand inside the mall with the Ariel Atom and the (more…)
My apologies for the recent disappearing act. You see, I was participating in a competition. Not any competition, but one that spanned 26 hours. The longest of its kind in the Middle East. If you haven’t caught on by now, I was involved in the GulfRun 26 Hour Karting Endurance Race. My team, better known as Camel Spec Racing, were definitely not rated as favorites in the competition, but at the start of qualifying, it was quickly proven to the others that we were in it to win it.
Please note that all images used in this post were taken by my good friend and teammate: the super-talented Infinite Driver.
Our driver managed to qualify 3rd which was brilliant! The start of the race saw the same driver put in consistent quick laps; the aim was to stay as close to the 34 seconds per lap mark. We soon saw our boy lapping in the 33 seconds mark. Camel Spec Racing was very much alive and kicking!
Our second driver took over an hour and a half later (approximately) and continued to put in consistent lap times. We held the lead for quite some time until we were involved – completely beyond our driver’s control – in an accident which put our car (more…)
I’m sure you’ve received word that the GulfRun boys are staging a 26-hour Endurance Go-Kart race later this month (24th – 26th). Numerous teams have already joined with many more still applying. This is your chance to gather a group of friends, co-workers, acquaintances – whatever – and create your own team to compete in the race.
With the help of the Kuwait Quarter Mile Club and KT, GulfRun have set up the event to take place at the Mishref Fair Grounds. The event details and contact info are available after the jump. (more…)
As you can see from the images, this is no arcade-type simulator, it’s the real deal. Running PC-based software used by professional racing drivers and teams from around the world, we were able to sample and drive a virtual Formula BMW in all its it glory.
Once we arrived, the GulfRun boys, as always, welcomed us with open arms and gave us a quick breakdown as to how to operate the machine. The details are mind-blowing with springs, actuators, bolts and bits out in the open for everyone to see; many of the items are custom-built. Once you slide into the lightweight racing seat, you’re (more…)