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ROC Factor Saudi Arabia and Middle East finalists revealed

Tue 23 January 2018

ROC Factor Saudi Arabia and Middle East finalists revealed

ROC Factor Saudi Arabia and Middle East finalists revealed

Eight ROC Factor finalists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the UAE will travel to King Fahad Stadium in Riyadh next week to fight for their place in this year’s Race Of Champions.

The event’s unique ROC Factor competition, open to professional and amateur racing drivers from across Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, reached a critical stage last weekend when the combination of social media votes and ROC Factor Jury whittled down the original 20 semi-finalists to just eight drivers representing three countries.

Falah Aljarba, Abdullah Aldosari, Saeed Almouri and Ahmed Bin Khanen now go head-to-head against the clock on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge course next Wednesday (January 31). The fastest driver will pair up with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia team captain and WRC driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi in Friday’s ROC Nations Cup before also contesting the individual Race Of Champions on Saturday.

Meanwhile, ROC Factor Middle East finalists Karl Massaad, Mansour Chebli, Khaled Al Qubaisi and Khalid Al Qassimi have secured automatic places in Friday’s ROC Nations Cup. Massaad and Chebli will team up for their native Lebanon, with Al Qubaisi and Al Qassimi representing the UAE.

However, all four drivers must still fight for just two places in Saturday’s individual Race Of Champions when they also compete on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge course next Wednesday.

Fans can attend both days of this year’s Race Of Champions in Riyadh for free on February 2/3.

 

ROC Factor Saudi Arabia Finalists

 

Falah Aljarba

Age: 41

Head of the Saudi Arabia Camaro Club

Leading Saudi Arabian drifter, known as the “Camaro King”

 

Abdullah Aldosari

Age: 37

3x Saudi Arabia GT Championship winner

 

Saeed Almouri

Age: 33

Professional racing driver and coach

30x rallying, GT racing, hillclimbing and drifting victories

 

Ahmed Bin Khanen

Age: 28

2014: Nissan GT Academy Middle East winner

 

ROC Factor Middle East Finalists

 

Karl Massaad - Lebanon

Age: 19

2017: British Formula 4 Championship – 9th

2016: X30 Super Shifter Lebanon – 1st

2016: X30 Super Shifter World Championship – 5th

 

Mansour Chebli - Lebanon

Age: 43

True amateur, experience of Lebanese hillclimbing and Rotax Max karting championships

 

Khaled Al Qubaisi – UAE

Age: 42

2016: FIA World Endurance Championship (GTE Am) – 2nd

2014: Le Mans 24 Hours (GTE Am) – 2nd

2012/13: Dubai 24 Hours – 1st

 

Khalid Al Qassimi – UAE

Age: 45

2004-18: FIA World Rally Championship

2004: FIA Middle East Rally Champion