DRIVE-BY-REMOTE, A RACE TO THE FINISH

In the words of Marwan bin Beyat, Remote control car racing is one of its kind, stimulating the imaginations and interest of millions of sports enthusiasts across the globe. The fact that the exciting event is being held in Dubai speaks about the ever growing interest and commitment of ...

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Wed 7 Apr 2004, 2:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

the destination to attract new and novel sporting events for residents and visitors of the emirate,' said the Events Manager of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, adding 'Around 200 drivers from 20 countries will be participating in the Kyosho World Championship starting today and concluding on Friday at the Hobby Centre Dubai Race Track, Creek Park.

The first Kyosho World Championship, held in the Philippines then in Tokyo, Hawaii and Beijing, has allowed about 35,000 people in more than 35 countries around the world to enjoy the excitement of remote control car racing. Now it's Dubai's turn to host sports lovers from not only the emirate but also from the world over.

The racetrack at the Creek Park has all the amenities that a remote control car race driver needs. It is equipped with lighting systems, air compressors, pit tables, electricity and water. Most importantly it has AMB system, which is an advanced electronic devise that monitors performance and position in competitive racing as well as computes the time of the cars as they pass the finish line. 'The V1S model cars are miniature versions and are one-and-a-half foot long with 18cc engine and sleek tyres. They do 120kph and even use fuel and accelerate faster than a normal car,' says Arshad Khan, marketing manager, Hobby Centre.

'We have 1,000 seating capacity. The entry is free but normal entrance fee of Dh5 to the Creek Park is still charged. Visitors can test model cars and even buy them at reduced prices. The price range between Dh450 to Dh20,000.'



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