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Pakistan Racer Hunt 2009, Grand Finale

Posted by nabeel on December 2, 2009

The nationwide trials for Pakistan Racer Hunt 2009 have been concluded. Here are your finalists:
1. Hammad Riaz
2. Jawwad Riaz
3. M Abdullah
4. Asad
5. Raja Junaid
6. Syed Hamza
7. Saad Lari
8. Shoaib Ahmed
9. Omar Khan
10. Mahra Bhatti
The final is to be held on Sunday, the 6th December 2009 at Bahria Town, Lahore. The event will also feature a live performance by The Strings, exotic car demonstrations and other fun filled activities. Members are requested to book their invitations by calling us at 03227740909. Due to security reasons, there will be absolutely no entry without a guest pass.

 

Through a lucky draw, 2 guests will get a chance to meet The Strings 1-on-1 for tea and 3 guests will get a chance to test out our Racing Karts on the PRH circuit.

The entry is free of costs but due to limited space, invitations will be given out on a first come first served basis.

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Bank Alfalah Karting Championship

Posted by nabeel on October 9, 2009

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The Bank Alfalah Karting Championship is back in Lahore once again. This is the round 2 of the 2009 Championship. As always, this weekend the event will be held on a street circuit at Lake City which is located on Raiwind road 13 kilometers from Thokar Niaz Baig.

Here are some details about the event…

Teams:

1. Alfalah Equipe Corporate
2. Bed & Bath
3. ASR Pro
4. ASR Women
5. Espresso
6. Cosa Nostra
7. Pattu Dragons Death Squad
8. Hi Profile
9. Pak Wheels
10. Lake City
11. Team Stone Age
12. Zong Velocity

Format:

  • Saturday – 6 pm – Teams Meeting
  • Sunday – 12 pm – Track Reporting Time for Teams
  • 1 pm – Karts Allocation
  • 1:30 pm – 2: 30 pm – Practice Session
  • 3:00 pm – 4 pm – Qualifying Session
  • 4:15 pm – Race Start
  • 9:15 pm – Chequered Flag

The day will feature:

  • DJ
  • Food & Beverage Stalls
  • Car Demonstrations

Date:  Sunday, 11 October 2009

Time: 12:00 – 21:00

Venue: Lake City , Lahore

Phone: 03227740909

Email: info@racingpakistan.org

Here’s a post about the last round of this championship.

You can also visit the Racing Pakistan website for more details. Or visit the facebook page for the event.

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Pakistan Express Racing Team

Posted by nabeel on October 7, 2009

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How many Pakistani racing teams have you ever heard of? Better than that, how many championship winning Pakistani racing teams have you ever heard of?

Here’s one…

“Pakistan Express Racing Team was established in 2008 by Faisal Ahmad.  The team competes in the NASA Performance Touring series in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions.  Our mission is to raise awareness of motor sports in and to bring the excitement of motor racing to Pakistan.”

And they’ve just won the NASA great lakes championship title of 2009. When I say NASA it doesn’t mean the one with the satellites and the space shuttles. This NASA stands for National Auto Sport Association.

Anyway, well done Pakistan Express team and best of luck.

watch this video report about the PakExp team prepared by NASA.

You can also visit the team website http://pakexp.com/

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A Race track is born!

Posted by nabeel on September 17, 2009

 

Islamabad race track

Islamabad race track

I once said in one of my articles, that the reason why no one has ever built a racetrack in Pakistan is because the  Pakistani land has been cursed by some Martians so that no one can ever build a racetrack here.

Well, it seems that the Martians visit my blog quite regularly. Because they’ve finally lifted the unbreakable curse from Pakistan. Islamabad is now home to the first ever racetrack of Pakistan. This is great news for all the Pakistani motorsports enthusiasts as well as the thousands of people who own really expensive sports cars but can’t really use them for anything more than posing.

So far all I know about this racetrack is that it is located near Rawal lake at Lake View Park in Islamabad and it is only 1.5 km long. The first race of this track is being held in October.

Thanks Martians!

 

Track Layout

Track Layout

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Ferrari vs Mehran

Posted by nabeel on March 6, 2009

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Lahorees are familiar with just three forms of driving…

Off-roading (in the city), cruising on the highway trying to avoid donkey carts going in the opposite direction and last but not least…reckless driving.

Oh and there’s one more…driving in the fast lane at 35 kph which is in fact even more dangerous than reckless driving because it puts the driver at the risk of being murdered.

But let’s not forget that these days hundreds of Lahorees drive around in cars from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes even Ferrari and Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9

Ferrari 360

Ferrari 360

Porsche 911 Carrera 2S

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

This reminds me of the first time I saw a Ferrari in Lahore, I had to be rushed to the nearest hospital because I had fainted with excitement. Then, coming back from the hospital I saw an Aston Martin DB9 parked next to the Ferrari 360 so I had to be rushed back to the hospital once again. After my second visit to the hospital I thought I had seen enough but guess what…the Ferrari went past me at full throttle with its V8 engine screaming like an F1 car. But I didn’t lose my consciousness this time…I had a HEART ATTACK.

And it got me thinking…a Ferrari 360 can do 300 kph but our roads hardly ever allow 120. That means that even a little 38 horsepower Suzuki Mehran can keep up with the mighty 400 horsepower Ferrari on the motorway. And better still, the Mehran will instantly leave the Ferrari in its dust as soon as they get off the motorway because leaving the motorway means entering the deadly speed-breaker territory, most of which happen to be taller than the Ferrari itself. Some are so tall, you can feel the atmospheric pressure drop as you climb up and then rise again as you come down. I even have a sweet nickname for these speed-breakers but I can’t tell you what it is. And it’s not really that sweet either.

So you see Mehran is not only more practical than a Ferrari but also quicker.

That’s why if I had the job of issuing license plates for cars, I would issue a special golden “Jackass” plate to anyone who has one of these imported exotic cars in Lahore. I mean what’s the point of having a Ferrari when you can’t even keep up with a Mehran in a race???

But there is another form of driving and it is unfamiliar to Lahore-kind.

This form of driving is the reason why names like Ferrari and Porsche exist, and no Mehran has ever seen it for sure. This is the form of driving where you need a racetrack.

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Perhaps I should explain that a racetrack is a road that doesn’t really go anywhere, it has no speed-breakers, donkey carts are not allowed to use it, and you can go as fast as you dare. And it has some really scary high speed twists and turns.

Only trouble is that this magic road doesn’t exist anywhere near Lahore. It doesn’t even exist anywhere in the country.

Wanna know why?

Here’s why…About 8.6 million years ago, Martians came to earth. They marked out the boundaries of Pakistan and then cursed it to make sure no one ever enjoys driving here.

This is the best logical explanation for the fact that no one has ever built a racetrack in Pakistan. I’m not kidding; I even have strong evidence to support my theory.

Indian Formula Rolon

Indian Formula Rolon

Across the eastern border, India is currently hosting four separate motorsport championships on proper racetracks with purpose built formula cars, now that’s more like it. Here are some names if you are interested; Formula LGB Hyundai, FISSME (aka Formula Maruti), Formula Rolon and JK Tyre National racing championship.

Still not convinced? Well even if you only watch PTV and you’ve never heard of Michael Schumacher; you would know that Formula1 is the most prestigious car racing championship in the world. To give you an idea about the success rate of Formula1, theShanghai race circuit built in 2004 cost $300 million to make. And it’s such a money tree that they hope to recover its cost by the year 2014. You do the math.

Now please take a deep breath because what I’m about to tell you might come as a big shock…

India will be hosting a Formula1 race in the year 2011 on the streets of New Delhi. Not to mention that their Formula1 team, Force India debuted back in 2008.

Enough said?

I think it’s time for us to call the Martians back to earth and beg them to lift the unbreakable curse before we become a laughing stock for Indians. Otherwise it’s a possibility that soon you will be offered an unused Ferrari in exchange for your old Mehran. And you will probably say, “No thanks!”

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