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Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

4×4 Night Mud Rally

Posted by nabeel on March 29, 2010


Start Time:

Saturday, 03 April 2010 at 18:00

Location:

R.R mud Circuit Raiwind Road Lahore


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Pakistan Racer Hunt

Posted by nabeel on November 6, 2009

pakistan-racer-hunt

The Pakistan Racer Hunt has made its way through Islamabad and Lahore with some extremely competetive qualifying rounds. Karachi is next where the qualifying sessions will be held in Mid November. And at the end 10 qualifiers from all three cities will race each other in Lahore.

The turn out of extremely competetive racing enthusiasts so far has been beyond everyone’s expectations. With all the lack of motorsports in Pakistan and the lack of awareness about it, Pakistan Racer Hunt is definitely a step in the right direction. Having participated myself, I can tell you that track racing and especially go-karting is one heck of an adrenaline pumping thrill ride. In terms of sheer excitement a go-kart is in a different league from any other road car. If you consider yourself a petrol-head you should definitely make it a top priority to get a ride in one of these.

Here’s a photo gallery from the qualifying session in Lahore…

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What were they thinking???

Posted by nabeel on May 18, 2009

First I think I should apologize for suggesting you guys to attend the so called “Fast & Furious” Drag Racing event of the last weekend.  I’ve never seen such a catastrophically mismanaged event in my life.

I took three of my friends along hoping to enter a sea of Ferraris and Mustangs. Instead what we really got to see was a bunch of amateurs thrashing their Altos and Corollas. So we decided to leave early and presumably my friends weren’t exactly singing in my praise on the way home…

And that’s about it. I can’t think of anything else to say about that event.

Anyway let’s hope that this is the first and last catastrophy of its kind and we don’t get to see alto thrashing in the name of drag racing in the future.

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Karting Championship

Posted by nabeel on April 29, 2009

If you look up “Motorsports in Lahore” on google this is what you get…

motorsports-in-lahore

But this joke is losing its humor. And that’s because there have been at least four proper motorsports events in Lahore within the last year including a 4×4 mud rally, a couple of go-kart races and a so called drag race. Finally there’s some excitement in the Lahoree petrol-heads’ life.

race venue

Last weekend Lake City was home to a go-kart race organized by Racing Pakistan and sponsored by Bank Alfalah. A race track was improvised on the excellent streets of Lake City (a rare sight in Lahore). The race was held at night under flood lights to avoid the scorching heat of the day. It was a five hour endurance race so each team had 3 to 4 drivers who replaced one another at the end of a stint.

Karting is considered as the most basic form of motorsports. And although a go-kart might look like something you’d buy for your five year old boy but don’t be fooled by its benign looks. Go-kart racing is all about agility and acceleration. That’s why go-karts weigh next to nothing and have very high power to weight ratio. As a result a go-kart changes direction like a gazelle and goes like stink. And that’s why go-kart tracks are very tight and twisty.

F1 replica

F1 replica

This is the second time that Racing Pakistan has organized a kart race in Lahore. The first event was held back in August 2008. Adnan Sarwar is the front man of this organization who is working with Bank Alfalah to promote motorsports in Pakistan.

When I went to see this race last year I saw a Ferrari followed soon after by an Aston Martin and several Porsches. So I wondered how long would it be before I wake up. But then i was forced to realise that it wasn’t a dream. So the next explanation that came into my head was that I had somehow reached a European town located on Raiwind Road. Because to me, that’s a less ridiculous idea than actually seeing a Ferrari and an Aston Martin in Lahore.

Although I didn’t see the Ferrari and the Aston this year (maybe I missed them) but the car park was still quite dream-like.

There are many things I can think of that could have been better on this event but I think it’s more important to appreciate the effort for bringing motorsports to Pakistan which is something we really need.

In case you’re wondering why you never found out about some or all of these events, well you’re not alone, because many people missed these events because they didn’t know about them. Anyway cheer up! I’ll do my best to keep you informed about any future happenings. And if you know about any upcoming events please do share this information with us.

Here are some pictures from this year and last year’s race events…

Here’s a video report of the event which isn’t very good but it’s all I could find.

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