A combination of public votes and the ROC Factor Jury now determine which of the 20 semi-finalists will win one of eight coveted places in Riyadh, where drivers compete on the ROC Skills Challenge Course for a chance to represent their country in the ROC Nations Cup and Race Of Champions.
The list of semi-finalists includes both professionals and amateurs, and encompasses single-seaters, GTs, rallying and karting.
Four of the seven Saudi Arabian semi-finalists are guaranteed places in their country’s ROC Factor final where the fastest driver around the ROC Factor Skills Challenge course will win a place alongside pre-selected team captain Yazeed Al-Rajhi in the ROC Nations Cup on February 2.
The remaining 13 semi-finalists hail from the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon, but only four drivers equally split between two countries will advance to the ROC Factor Middle East final based on votes and the ROC Factor Jury’s discretion. At stake in Riyadh’s final is a place in the ROC Nations Cup and chance to compete in the Race Of Champions against some of the world’s very best drivers.
The public vote closes on January 20 at 12:00 GMT. Eight finalists then travel to the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh for the ROC Factor Saudi Arabia and ROC Factor Middle East finals on January 31 before the winners progress to the ROC Nations Cup and Race Of Champions on February 2/3.
ROC Factor Saudi Arabia Semi-Finalists:
Ahmed Bin Khanen
ROC Factor Middle East Semi-Finalists:
Jibreel Abo Al-Saud
Mohamed Al Mutawaa
Khalid Al Qasimi
Khaled Al Qubaisi