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A look around Salon Drift Track Day in Qatar!

I remember all my previous drift adventures at Qatar Racing Club. And each time i reminisce of all the possible good things i have seen there,my heart eases with partial satisfaction of a possible thought that i have barely scratched the surface of what Qatar Racing Club offers!

So when they announced that they will open their skid pad for another salon drift open track day,i didn't need much of convincing. It was a time for a rematch of my past experience. Besides freezing up a few times since the weather has taken a sabbatical drift from the hot sunny summer to a bitter cold winter here in Doha,its was an eye opening experience.One i have to sit down and write about!


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Walid Salem Chevy Camaro
Salon Drift Open Track Days are by far the most transcending car and meet i have been to in Doha, and has a wide appeal for the local car enthusiasts and bloggers alike looking to spot or feel the power of modern car modifications that is sweeping across the Arabian Peninsula fast!
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Shift and Drift Team Qatar with Nissan Silvia at track day
With the rich income per ca-pita, Qatar stands as the richest country in the world. And with money came good things.Forget the say of money can never bring you all the happiness in the world (clearly the inventor of this kind of saying  had no idea whatsoever what turbo+little boost could do to a car!)

The love for car modification has spiraled over the past and continue to attract many of the biggest names in the automaker's industry. Big household car builds names like HGK Motorsports have found a market here. So on a salon drift track day,you will easily spot some of these hugely car built monsters that would rather be outlaws on these Doha streets.


My first spot was  the NMK Performance fully built BMW E30 M3 with a whooping 1000hp cooking out of its 2JZ stroker!

I threw myself straight into the deep end by interacting with the NMK Performance's done project - the 1000HP BMW E30 for Qatar drifter Mohammed Al Qatami that went viral sometimes back. That thing moved around me in circles,i felt its fire-breathing power around me as it blew popcorn like musical sounds through its two big exhausts at the rear,as it speeds off to initiate another heart throbbing side-way clip on the Qatar Racing Club skid pad.Heavens,i have never felt so heavenly.

Qatami's BMW E30 has a 2JZ stroker engine swapped into it pushing a documented 1000hp with some awesome Anti Lag Link ECU having fun in it.They threw a number of upgrades to it:
  • Winters differential,
  • Roll cage from custom cage,
  • Custom subframe with rear wisefab,
  • Radium fuel system,
  • Light weight custom body kit,
A brief interaction would be a lie to admit. But i left promising myself to catch up with this BMW E30 for another rendezvous (Which i have done here) since a one hug-meet wouldn't be enough.That's why you need to subscribe to this blog midday this read!

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Salem invited me into his monstrous Chevy Camaro
As part of the QRC track days tradition,owners of these cars would always offer me and other enthusiasts rides for those brave enough to jump in. But the last time i jumped in was 6 months ago when Walid Salem invited me into his monstrous Chevy Camaro and by the time i jumped off my head was all spinning leaving me with 'throw up' after effect. I have never had to ask for a ride at least it will remain so unless i get a proper way to conquer motion sickness effect from such carnival rides. So i rain checked on all the racers invitations! Sorry to admit.

At the paddock area where all the racers will always be busy fixing their engines,or replacing tires after seriously getting them punished in the first track lap, i came across another build that until 8 months ago was just another project car with the NMK Performance. Not so much of a noise maker as the first one. The driver is still having some little issues with handling the power out it!
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Zarif Alaa BMW E30
Zarif Alaa owner of BMW E30 1989 Model 1JZ engine full stroker 600whp tuned also tuned by NMK Peformance Ahmad Daham was making its debut in Qatar. Impressive to have had my touch on it at this event an will definitely have a video of them here.

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Few driver go off-course to a huger burnout
If there is one thing i continue to learn here is,'always say yes to some adventure and never deny yelling after a good burnout!' Was nice witnessing a few driver go off-course to a huger burnout,j-turns and 360s before turning to clattering claps from the stands with occasional standing ovation. The day's track lay out design somehow proved to be challenging to some drivers this day. But what fun would it be if it all proved easy? Go hard or go home!

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GT-Customized LS1 Swapped Nissan looking stronger
Today i would easily spot quite a number of supercharged LS swapped Nissan 370z and 350z. The usual suspect of such a type would be this one in a GT-Customizer wrapped LS1 Swapped Nissan looking way stronger than the last time we were here for a track day.We later learnt he might just have figured out a perfect combination with his supercharged Nissan that will be able to steer him to the top of QRC Championships this season. Well that's the beauty of track days;drivers always finding new things to fix and trying in their cars before the championship rounds returns!

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Turnout to be a photo of  all suit up drivers saying 'hi'
As entertaining as it was to watch and marvel at the show at hand, in the far distance I could hear the delightful sound of tires being punished. Huge V8s engine revving so hard that the entire track would occasionally go mute silent after an inherent loud noise of bursting turbos and revving engines.And that would be my cue,watch out and turn to the paddock area and take some take-away shots. It would all still turnout to be a photo of  all-suit-up drivers saying 'hi you there cameraman?'



What makes drifting here fun is the family nature of association between the drivers themselves,organizers QRC and even from the spectators. You would not fail to notice claps or cheers of appreciation to a good burnout,side-way slide or even a relieving 'ooophhh' as drivers loose drift and slide into the tired walls of the track. A drifting family drifts together!
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1989 BMW E30  owned by Lebanese born drifter - Suhail Majanini!

BMW E30 looked like to be the thing going in Qatar today among many pro drift drivers. We shook hands with another one of a 1989 model E30 owned by Lebanese born pro drift driver - Suhail Majanini!

This particular one has also gone through  impressive modifications so i learnt:
  • BMW engine precision turbo 35
  • 15 psi normal petrol produces720 hp
  • 21 psi ethanol produces 850 hp 
  • Link ecu g4+ 
  • E30 wise fab suspensions 
  • Tyre 245/25/17 Roll cage OMP 
  • Sabelt racing chairs 
  • Sabelt racinng belts
I have barely scratched the surface of what Qatar Racing Club offers
What more proof do you need that,one can never barely scratch the surface of what Qatar Racing Club offers as a world Motorsport destination? This weekend we turn out to street drag racing event at the same venue. I will definitely be there for it. But until then,when the next drift event comes along the skid pad,adios!

I will definitely be here,when the next track day happens at Qatar Racing Club.Stay tuned!

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Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

Qatar Drift Track Day Events Photos by Kings Edwin

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