Six GCC teams, led by their national team captains, got into gear this morning at the Reem International Circuit in Riyadh at the launch of the Ford Focus Rabaa, the first ever interactive inter-GCC rally.
The Ford Focus Rabaa[referring to a gang of friends in Khaleejidialect] sees participants drive across the six Gulf countries and compete in a series of tasks and challenges. Teams will be rated based on their skills and performances rather than speed, as well as the level of online and offline participation and support of their country’s fans.
Before the teams headed to Kuwait, their next destination, the drivers completedan interactive challenge with the support of their captains and the teams’ onlinefans on Ford’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FordMiddleEast.Team coordination will be put to test as each member has a special task to perform successfully in order to garner the most points. The actual challenges were kept secret and only revealed just before the start, which added to the excitement factor both for the teams and their fans.
The excitement has been building up for weeks according to Paul Anderson, Marketing director of Ford Middle East: “The day is finally here and we are thrilled to see the teams, the captains and the fans geared up for the Ford Focus Rabaa. This unique experience is a match for the unique and all-new 2012 Ford Focus. With the range of new technologies that have been put into this amazing car, the drivers will have a spectacular time driving the 4,000 km long challenge across the GCC.”
Fans will be able to follow the action on the Ford Middle East Facebook page and support their favourite team by serving as virtual pit crew, and gain points for their team by taking the online challenges. Ford will alsoproduce an on-line video diary documenting the rally activities, with a new entertaining video episode produced and posted each day of the rally.
The final country teams participating in the Ford Focus Rabaaare:
Team Bahrain “Bahrain Youth Lions”:
Captain: IsmaeelAbdulatif, Football Striker and Winger, Al Muharraq Club.
Driver 1: FadhelKhaled Mustafa Ghuloom Ali.
Driver 2: MahmoodHabib Mohamed GuloomBaqer.
Driver 3: Isa Abdulwahid Isa Hasan Ali.
Team Kuwait “Tornado Racing Team”:
Captain: Barakat Al Wegyan, TV presenter, Al Watan TV.
Driver 1: Nasser M M A H Almutairi.
Driver 2: Ali H I H Y Almulla.
Driver 3: Thamer A S A Almutairi.
Team Oman “Qadiroon”:
Captain: Nabil Al Busaidi, Arab Adventurer.
Driver 1: Azzan Abdul Amir Hameed.
Driver 2: Faisal FadhilMahmood Al Bakri.
Driver 3: Issam Abdullah Said Al-Kharusi.
Team Qatar “I.C.T.”:
Captain: Abdul Aziz Hasan, Vice President – Qatar Club.
Driver 1: AwfaGhasab S K Aladawi.
Driver 2: RabayGhasab S K Aladawi.
Driver 3: Ali Essa S A Al-Suwaidi.
Team Saudi Arabia “KSA BuraBura”:
Captain: Khalid Khalifa, Comedian.
Driver 1: YazanMunzer A Bader.
Driver 2: Ali Hussain A Al Nezir.
Driver 3: Abdulrhman Mohammed A Binmohana.
Team United Arab Emirates “Dubai Rayo”:
Captain: AnasBukhash, CEO and Managing Partner Ahdaaf Sports Club.
Driver 1: Ghaith Ahmad MohdObaid Bin MedeyaAlfalasi.
Driver 2: Humaid Abdulla Ali Ahmed Alnuaimi.
Driver 3: ManaSaleh Mohammed Obaid Bin Medaya.
From Riyadh, teams will complete various tasks in each Gulf state. The next challenges take place in Kuwait April 27, Manama, Bahrain April 28, Doha, Qatar April 29, Abu Dhabi, UAE May 1, Muscat, Oman May 2 with the final held at the iconic BurjKhalifa in Dubai, UAE May 3.
The team that successfully finishes all seven challenges and earns the most points overall will win an all-new 2012 Ford Focus for each team member. A lucky online fan who has supported the challenges will also win a brand new 2012 Ford Focus.