Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

FJR racing team owner Falah Al Jarba participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. (Supplied)
Updated 20 October 2018

Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

  • FJR racing team owner Falah Al-Jarba, who is participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, said he was impressed with the first round turnout and noted that the short notice of this event did not affect participation

RIYADH: The first round of the Saudi Time Attack race kicked off on the Reem race circuit yesterday. The 16-category race is unique in its participation since anyone can turn up and join in. Whether you are an everyday driver, enthusiast or would-be racer the Time Attack Race has a category for you.
“We target different types of drivers, usually people with a sports car or regular stock car who want to race their car to the max in a safe environment with other drivers,” said Prince Khalid bin Sultan Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). He added that the target participants for this race are not necessarily professionals but rather enthusiasts, semi pros, amateurs, and beginners.
FJR racing team owner Falah Al-Jarba, who is participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, said he was impressed with the first round turnout and noted that the short notice of this event did not affect participation.


“It is not hard to get anyone on to the track — the hardest thing is to get them back again. Anyone who enters the race track three times of his own free will has the makings of a driver,” he said.

Passion
Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, participating racer and owner of the MS7 racing team, said it is passion that attracts everyone to the race. “It is not a head-to-head race but it is competitive and it is fun. There is no pressure — everyone is here to have fun. I am happy that I participated,” he explained. This also marks a first for Saudi women racing as four women competed for the first time in a car race.
“For the first time we have a ladies category. These opportunities will be better reflected in two to three years’ time but if anyone would ask where did it start, it started here in this 2018 season,” said the “Camaro King” Falah Al-Jarba.
Prince Mohammed is very welcoming of any new competitor to the racing industry.
“At the end of the day if you have two hands, two legs and can drive that’s what it comes down to regardless of your gender, your weight, your height or your size, it is all about how well you can perform under pressure,” he said.
Prince Khalid expects a better turnout for female participants in the next round of the race scheduled for Nov. 16. He added that there has been a great interest in joining the race and wanted to clarify that anyone who wants to take part in the race does not need to have a race car.


Mansour bin Saad Al-Kredes, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 26 January 2020

Mansour bin Saad Al-Kredes, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He has been member of the consultative body since 2009
  • Since 2000, he has been serving as vice chairman of the agricultural committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh

Mansour bin Saad Al-Kredes has been a Shoura Council member since 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, and obtained his master’s in architectural planning from the University of Colorado.

He also obtained a master’s in animal production from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Glasgow.

Al-Kredes began his career in 1989 as an assistant professor in the College of Food and Agriculture Sciences at KSU.

 He was head of the Department of Animal Production at the college between 1992 and 1998, and has been an associate professor there from 1996 until the present.

He served as a teaching assistant at the Department of Islamic Architecture at Umm Al-Qura University between 1990 and 1999.

 Al-Kredes was chairman of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences between 1999 and 2002, and a member of KSU’s master’s program in biodiversity between 2001 and 2003.

Since 2000, he has been serving as vice chairman of the agricultural committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh.

In 2003, he worked for a year as a part-time adviser and member of a team tasked with developing food strategy for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. 

Between 2006 and 2007, Al-Kredes was part of a team studying water consumption in dairy projects in Saudi Arabia.

Since 2008, he has been head of a team studying water and food security and sustainable development in the Kingdom.