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ME Kuwait Motor Sport Club takes control of FIA motorsport in Kuwait

Middle East motorsport – latest news

For immediate release
Thursday, March 29th, 2007

KUWAIT MOTOR SPORTING CLUB TAKES
CONTROL OF FIA MOTORSPORT IN KUWAIT

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah announces new ASN
Decision opens door for exciting Kuwaiti motorsport plans
Kuwait sets sights on international race circuit

KUWAIT CITY (Kuwait): The Kuwait Motor Sport Club (KMSC) has taken full control of FIA motorsport for the State of Kuwait and become the new National Sporting Authority (ASN) for the GCC country. This follows an agreement between the Kuwait International Automobile Club (KIAC) and the new ASN, brokered by FIA vice-president Derek Ledger.

According to Ledger, the decision means that the KMSC has full control of all motor sporting activities in Kuwait, including karting, and this will take effect from Sunday, April 1st, 2007. Initially, this agreement will last for 12 months and will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah has been seeking the FIA licence since he was appointed as the President of the KMSC in 2003, although the KIAC will continue to issue all competitive licences for administration reasons on the request of the KMSC. The KMSC will be responsible for the organisation of all national and international motor sporting activities in the State of Kuwait. One of the goals of the new KMSC is to return Kuwait to the FIA championship calendar.

~I am very proud that we can now look ahead to a very exciting future for motorsport in Kuwait,~ said Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, President of the Kuwait Motor Sports Club. ~We have a history of motorsport in this country, have organised rounds of the FIA Middle East rally championship in the past and have several teams taking part in this year's regional rally championship. Now we can push ahead with exciting plans to establish the foundations for motorsport in Kuwait and encourage young drivers to come through the ranks and establish themselves for the future.

“We have many talented drivers in the rally and drag racing categories and in other motor sport activities, where we compete in the Middle East Championships. We lacked a local arena for them to practice on but, with the new FIA membership, we will be obliged to construct a local circuit to international standard for our local and international events.”

The State of Kuwait ran a regular round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship throughout the 1980s, but the onset of the Iraq invasion brought motorsport to a standstill at the end of 1989. The Kuwait International Rally returned to the championship calendar in 1995 and 1996 and ran in 1995 as the Martyrs’ Rally, in memory of Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, who was a prominent member of the ruling Al-Sabah family to lose his life defending the Sief Palace during the Iraqi invasion in 1990.

“This is another positive step forward for motorsport in the Middle East,” said Derek Ledger. “Kuwait has organised its own national rallies and international event in the past and I am sure that this is the start of a resurgence of interest in motorsport in the State of Kuwait.”

The full contact address for the new ASN is: Kuwait Motor Sport Club, PO Box 29, Salmiya, 22001 Kuwait, Tel: + (965) 535 5511/22, Fax: + (965) 535 5566 and e-mail: ahmad@al-sabah.biz or admin@q8racing.com

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Date issued: 29/03/2007

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