Tue 23 January 2018
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
Head of the Saudi Arabia Camaro Club
Leading Saudi Arabian drifter, known as the “Camaro King”
3x Saudi Arabia GT Championship winner
Professional racing driver and coach
30x rallying, GT racing, hillclimbing and drifting victories
Ahmed Bin Khanen
2014: Nissan GT Academy Middle East winner
ROC Factor Middle East Finalists
Karl Massaad - Lebanon
2017: British Formula 4 Championship – 9th
2016: X30 Super Shifter Lebanon – 1st
2016: X30 Super Shifter World Championship – 5th
Mansour Chebli - Lebanon
True amateur, experience of Lebanese hillclimbing and Rotax Max karting championships
Khaled Al Qubaisi – UAE
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
2004-18: FIA World Rally Championship
2004: FIA Middle East Rally Champion