Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia for nearly seven decades, and the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) proudly introduced the Gazoo Racing (GR) Saudi Team, set to participate in the current season of the Saudi Toyota Championship
Held at the Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah, this event saw attendance from key members of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors and senior management, representatives from SAMF and the Ministry of Sports, and notable Saudi racers, including Yazeed Al Rajhi and Dania Akeel. Alongside the team’s introduction, the GR vehicles were unveiled, adorned with the new GR Saudi Team branding, featuring the Yaris GR, GR 86, and Supra.
Sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, the team comprises four male drivers: Hamza Bakhashab, Abdullah Kabbani, Mahmoud Abed, and Yousef Bahuwirth, as well as one female driver, Reem Alabood, who distinguished herself as the top female participant at the recently launched GR Saudi Driving School. The team is set to compete in various disciplines, including Autocross, Drift, and Time Attack, at the upcoming event scheduled for Alahsa between September 28 and 30.
Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, emphasized the significance of nurturing youth talent: “The path to excellence begins with investing in our youth. In line with Vision 2030, initiatives like the GR Saudi Driving School and subsequent launch of the GR Saudi Team strengthen the Kingdom’s position as a global hub for motorsports. We are honored to be part of this transformative journey, providing aspiring drivers with unparalleled opportunities. Through our efforts, we are not only nurturing the next generation of motorsports champions but also fostering a culture of determination and success. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth and success of Saudi talent on both local and global stages.”
The selected winners underwent a rigorous training and assessment program conducted at the GR Saudi Driving School at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. During this program, the five drivers received coaching from seasoned experts including Abdullah Bakhashab, Paul Spooner, and Hatim Natto. Their extensive knowledge contributed to unleashing the full potential of these aspiring racers as they became the founding members of the GR Saudi Team.
Hassan Jameel, Chairman of the Board of Managers of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative: “In collaboration with SAMF, we are thrilled to announce the GR Saudi Team. This initiative reflects our unwavering dedication to Saudi Arabian motorsports and the next generation of Saudi drivers. By mobilizing the power of strategic partnerships to identify and nurture exceptional talent, the collaboration is proactively contributing to Vision 2030’s ‘Quality of Life’ program. We are proud to have laid the foundations for success, as these athletes go from talented drivers to motorsports champions.”
This initiative is rooted in the belief that motorsports not only bring out champions but also serve as a source of inspiration and role models. The establishment of the GR Saudi Team marks a significant milestone in Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ enduring commitment to the world of motorsports, a legacy that spans 26 years.
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