The Chase, a bi-annual Street Racing Festival run by Mohammad Al Falasi and the team at Motorsport Solutions, once again graced the Dubai Autodrome complex, UAE, with the usual mix of motorsport, entertainment and show cars we have come to expect from the event.
It may only be the third running of The Chase, but it has quickly become an established part of the calendar for UAE car junkies looking for an automotive fix. This weekend’s event was also tagged onto the end of National Race Day (which included a new champion being crowned in the NGK Racing Series), ensuring a double overdose of petrolhead shenanigans with a little bit of something for everyone.
Within the enclosed area in the paddock at the Dubai Autodrome, round six of UAE Auto-X was going down with much furious anger, spinning of wheels and, occasionally, accidental enabling of windscreen wipers.
The UAE Auto-X Championship has burst out of the amateur league this year and is a clear demonstration of not only driver talent in the region but the burgeoning motorsport scene developing around us. That isn’t to say the drivers were going to get it easy this round.
A devilishly tight and twisty configuration was compounded by a layer of sand between tyre and traction. Although this caught many drivers out, others seemed to be using the dusty conditions to their advantage in negotiating the cones.
Simultaneously, the drift squad were getting their sideways on for round five of Drift UAE Championship. Without doubt, the spectacle of professional drifters pulled the biggest crowd during The Chase.