Friday November 11, 2016 was race day for 24 teams consisting of riders on Jet Skis and Quad bikes. The teams competed in a relay race held on Marina Beach in Kuwait. Qualifying rounds took place on November 10th for the Red Bull Bar Bahr relay race. Tracks were laid out for both land and water competition. Participants were required to show proof of ownership of their Quad Bikes and it was mandatory for the Jet Ski Racers to have a license from the Marine Sports Club of Kuwait.
The top 3 teams were awarded medals and the winning team was presented with a Kawasaki 300 LX Jet Ski in addition to trophies. How cool was that?
The event was organized by Basel Salem Al-Sabah Motorsport Club with the sponsorship of Nissan Al-Babtain, Public Authority For Youth and Sports, Kawasaki, Pirelli, GoPro, Acqua Eva, Marina Mall, Al Anbaa Newspaper, Kuwait Times Newspaper, and Studentalk Magazine.
Instead of basing the race on scores, the fastest times were calculated and the 12 quickest teams were chosen to compete in the semi-finals. The semi-finals were then narrowed to six teams, also based on the time it took for them to complete their runs. All vehicles had to meet certain requirements to be eligible to race. Quad bike standards were held to a maximum length of six feet, a maximum width of almost four feet, and a maximum height of nearly four feet. The race officials left the engine choice up to the participants as long as it was run on normal fuel like gasoline, and safety belts were required.
Jet Skis specifically designed for racing were required and had to be equipped with one or two seats. The overall length requirements were twelve feet with a maximum width of around four feet. Jet Ski racers were also allowed to choose what type of engines they used as long as it held standard fuel.
Quad bikes were lined up on the beach and the drivers had to run to them at the start of the race and then quickly reach their teammates who waited on Jet Skis. Once the quad riders met their teammates, they handed them the key to their PWC. The race was then completed on the water track. You can check out the race by clicking here. It looked exciting!