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Current issue | Issue 1321, (24 - 30 November 2016)
Friday,24 March, 2017
Issue 1321, (24 - 30 November 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Maged Abou-selim In CPD

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Maged Abu-Selim is in the finals of the Middle East car park drifting to be held in Oman on 9 December.

Car Park Drift (CPD) has been the leading motor sports event in the Middle East for some time. When CPD first started a few years ago, it quickly flourished and became the most popular motor sport competition in the region. You don’t need a track certified by the FIA to practise or compete on, only a “secure” parking lot and it’s all yours to slide all day and night and show everyone who the drift king really is. This is simply why drifting is so popular in the Middle East, where there are few motor sports facilities which do not allow talent to shine.

Egypt is one of the leading countries in this competition, thanks to great champions like Rami Serri, Haitham Samir, Moataz Atef, Ahmed Tarek, Ahmed Desouki and many others who represented the country in the CPD Middle East finals in the past, with Serri and Samir reaching the podium.

This year, after the CPD 2016 series wrapped up in Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Mauritius, Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE, fans are anticipating the finals which will take place for the first time in Oman. The region’s finest will be battling for the title and entertainment is guaranteed.

Egyptians in particular are keeping a close eye on their representative Maged Abu-Selim who will perform for the first time ever in his career in the finals. Abu-Selim enhanced his performance gradually during the last three years. Each race saw an improvement, starting with an Evo 10 RWD, then a BMW E36 M50 Turbo, until he bought the E36 2Jz from the Jordanian champion Raafat Haroun. Abu-Selim started ruling local drifting competitions with the E36 2jz and most recently the Egyptian round of the CPD when he came first with ease leaving the legendary Serri and the rising star Ahmed Hamada in second and third.

It will be hard for Abu-Selim to compete with the toughest competitors from across the Middle East, most of whom had already reached the finals more than once, including Fadi Boustani from Lebanon, Ali Al-Balushi from Oman and Ahmed Daham from the UAE. Abu-Selim proved confident in the local competition but will he be able to pass the biggest test of his career and write history as the first Egyptian to reach the podium from the first participation in the finals? Let’s wait until 9 December.

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