OAA honours, supports young Omani champions
Oman Automobile Association (OAA) feted the cross country and deseret challenge drivers Abdullah al Zubair and Shihab al Habsi who won laurels for the sultanate in the past few years at the OAA premises on Monday.
The function was part of the OAA initiative to support the Omani motor sport drivers who are raising the sultanate’s flag high in different regional and international events.
Brig Jamal al Taie, vice chairman of OAA was the chief guest of the event held in the presence of Sheikh al Zubair bin Mohammed al Zubair (racer Abdullah’s father), Ahmed al Habsi (Shihab’s father), several OAA officials including Suleiman bin Abdullah al Rawahi, general manager of OAA, Hisham al Sinani and Falah al Jabri, board members of OAA.
Hisham al Sinani, board member at OAA, delivered a speech in the event and stated that the event was part of OAA support to all the members of motor sports in the sultanate including the international racer Abdullah al Zubair and the young champion Shihab al Habsi who had triumphs at the regional and international level.
“Both of the drivers achieved top results in their latest participations which reflected the high level of Oman’s motor sports. Since the formation of OAA, there was a huge attention from the board to provide maximum efforts to develop the motor sports in the sultanate. Also, to stand with the national champions and ease their participations in different events to claim podiums,” OAA board member said.
“A dedicated thanks to all our stakeholder and special thank to Lt Gen Hassan bin Mohsin al Shuraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs, for his whole-hearted continuous support to the OAA activities and competitions.”
Later, the chief guest accompanied with the officials of OAA, awarded the sponsorship certificates and honoured the racers Al Zubair and al Habsi.
Congratulating all the domestic champions, the vice chairman of OAA said, “Omani drivers registered good results in their different racing tournaments and championships.
“Many of Omani racers were classified with top level drivers. OAA will continue providing the maximum level of support including the funding, logistics, registration at the international federation, technical support and other kind of assistant.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Abdullah al Zubair from AZ team said, “The support from OAA is essential for us for our requirements. Also, it is encouraging us to do better in the upcoming events.”
The youngster of motor sport, Shihab al Habsi expressed his feelings and said that this is a good step from OAA.
“Definitely, this will encourage us to do our best in the forthcoming races and achieve more accomplishments. My goal is to be the first-ever Omani and Arabian to reach F1.”