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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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Pakistan Racer Hunt ’09

Posted by nabeel on September 12, 2009

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The Racing Pakistan team is back with a change. After a number of go kart endurance races, this time they are on a talent hunt. The idea is that there will be three qualifying rounds in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. And at the end there will be a grand finale in which the top 10 racing drivers from all three cities will race against each other. There are handsome prizes for the podium finishers and a racing contract for the winner.

For details visit http://www.pakistanracerhunt.com/

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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…

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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.

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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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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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