What is GulfRun?
GulfRun, an annual motorsport event, started in 2005 as a weekend getaway for a group of friends who are simply passionate about automobile racing. The Bahrain International Circuit, with the help of qualified trainers and professional instructors, set the scene for what was to become an annual racing and training event. The goal behind GulfRun was simple; promote automobile racing and training in a safe and secure environment. With a dozen cars and several eager drivers, the objective was achieved and GulfRun began. The success of the first GulfRun set the course for an established annual racing and training event fueled by the passion to drive. As interest grew, the event evolved from a weekend track day with a dozen cars into an open public event consisted of over 60 drivers supported by local sponsors.
The GulfRun Car Show
The launch of GulfRun is synonymous with its annual car show, which takes place two weeks before the race at 360 Mall in Kuwait. The purpose of the car show is to muster car enthusiasts who have a passion for the hottest hot rods, muscle cars, rare cars, and more. Over the course of two days, GulfRun’s team of automobile enthusiasts took over 360 Mall showcasing the race cars participating in their 8th annual event at the Bahrain International Circuit. The GulfRun Car Show attracted huge crowds at 360 Mall on 11th and 12th of January where visitors got a first-hand look of the incredible car line up. The car show brought together participating drivers, car enthusiasts and the general public in Kuwait; before heading off to the Bahrain International Circuit.
The GulfRun Race
There are three categories and five competitions in the GulfRun race. Drivers are placed into categories depending on their cars. Each category competes in the quarter mile race, autocross, evening circuit, drag race, and Formula 1 circuit.
Prior to racing, the drivers are trained by qualified trainers and professional instructors. Through training the drivers not only improve their driving skills but also learn how to race in a safe manner that will not harm them or any of the other drivers.
Khaled Al-Fraih at GulfRun said: “We are automobile fanatics and we created GulfRun as a way to produce events that are catered to motorsport enthusiast by motorsport enthusiast. We have several interesting cars competing for the top spots in their classes in the GulfRun race this year and the competition only gets more intense; and we can’t wait for the cars to hit the race track.”
Khaled added, “Our goal is to continue to create new events and endorse a safe and professional approach to Motorsports activities regionally. With the support of all of our sponsors, participants and sponsors we have been able to grow GulfRun from an annual event into a complete season of motorsport activities such as the 24HR Karting Endurance Race, GulfRun Carshow, GulfRun Race and GulfRun Racing Academy.”
GulfRun’s management team extends its gratitude from continuous support by Kuwait’s private sector, which acknowledges the important role sport plays amongst Kuwait’s youth. GulfRun8 is supported by a wide range of sponsors: Title sponsorship by Wataniya Telecom, Strategic Partner Kuwait Finance House, Platinum Sponsors Jashanmal, Hydrotek Engineering Co. and Consolidated Contractors Company, Gold sponsorship by Slider Station, Al-Sawan Co. KGL and MotoCare.
For more details about the GulfRun Car Show & GulfRun race, please visit: www.thegulfrun.com.