Shaibani brothers to compete with world’s best in Gymkhana GriD

Oman's Shaibani brothers – Mazin, Nabeel and Sami – will represent the sultanate at the tenth Gymkhana GriD 2019 competition in Warsaw, Poland, on September 7. 

Gymkhana GRiD blends drifting, drag racing, and physical driving skill with mental agility. The trio has been among the top drift drivers for the past couple of years in the sultanate.

They are among the 52 drivers from across the world who will vie for the podium in two categories – All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) - in the ‘European Gauntlet Finals‘. Split between 17 AWD and 35 RWD competitors, the range of talent comprises of multiple FIA world champions, off-road racing world champions, drift legends, circuit drivers, elite amateurs and even a knighted Olympic cycling champion - British Chris Hoy.

While Mazin and Nabeel will be competing in the AWD category in their Mitsubishi Evo 6, Sami will drive his BMW E46 in the RWD class. Mazin said, “I had competed in the last edition in South Africa and had a good experience.

I hope to use my experience to a good measure this time.” Nabeel said that he is excited about 'his debut' and it is going to be fun competing along with brothers. Sami, who won the international drift competition in Oman earlier this year, said, “I am hoping to put up a competitive show and I am confident of challenging the best in RWD category.”

The event will be held during the PTAK Warsaw Expo - Central Europe’s largest trade fair and congress centre.

 It will be the epicentre of the Gymkhana GRiD’s tenth world final. Building on the momentum of previous editions of Gymkhana GRiD - which have crowned Johan Kristoffersson, Daigo Saito, Luke Woodham, and Petter Solberg champions - Gymkhana GRiD’s Polish instalment is set to feature the largest, fastest, and most technically challenging track to date.

GRiD’s unique racing format has been taking the motorsport world by storm ever since it went live with it’s inaugural invitational event in Irwindale, California, in US in 2010.

The racing is a unique combination of autocross, drift and time trial, where drivers go head to head and against the clock to compete for the win. “It’s been great to watch the concept grow over the last ten years,” explained series creator Ken Block.

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