After an action packed round 1 of the series, the Middle East Drift Championship returned to the Qatar racing club yet again for round 2.
With an all new custom layout designed to really push the drivers to the drivers limits upsets would be
MEDC brought together the best drivers from across the region to create an action packed and unpredictable night of driving and skill keeping the crowds cheering all the way to the end of the event.
Qualification with the top 5 drivers was very close with them being separated by just 4 points showing the quick progression in driver skills across the region.
Winner of the round 1 event Mesyar Abushaibah would be having huge mechanical problems trying to keep his Drag 965/BMRC Nissan S14 in the points race as not to lose vital points.
With temperature reaching near 34 degrees at night both drivers and machines would suffer under the heat of the Qatar Racing club circuit.
2016 Qatar Drift Champion Ali Makhseed would lose to rising star Mohammad Al Khaiat, with the MK racing driver showing great speed and consistency. Ali one of the pre-season favourites would still be struggling to find the ideal setup after changing to his new 800HP Toyota GT86 platform for the year.
Dmitriy Illyuk would collide with round 1 winner Mesyar but over the two runs carry a significant advance sending him through to the final 4.
LBN Team Mate – Dany Neville added "Khalifa's driving is the ultimate result of passion and determination combined with natural skill, his willingness to listen and learn is unmatched" -Dany Neville
The live broadcast of both Qualifying and the elimination battles where broadcasted live across Arab GT (Biggest Automotive publisher in the region) Top 10 news publisher. Viewership reached 2 Million fans across the region with 390,000 viewers tuning into the Live broadcast. Engagement was huge with over 45,000 fans liking sharing posting and commenting on the event online. A great demograph of 18-30 followed the event showing this is the millennial motorsport in the Middle East.
MEDC Round 2- Qatar Racing Club
1. Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan –UAE -Lunatic by Nature - Monster Energy
2. Mohammad Al Khaiat -Qatar -MK Racing Team
3. Dmitriy Illyuk –Ukraine - Monster Energy
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