Infiniti Middle East together with strategic partner Rasamny Younis Motor Company RYMCO offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the 2 winners of the Q50 ultimate test drive campaign from Lebanon to fly down to DubaiAutodrome where they were assessed on all aspects of their driving ability and car control by a panel of judges with the aim to identify one lucky winner from the region.
This campaign was launched last September, encouraging participants to test-drive Infiniti Q50 for a chance to win. Dr. Chadi Sabbagh and Mr. Ghassan Chahinewere the 2 lucky winners from Lebanon chosen to attend the Infiniti Middle East Regional Final in November at Dubai Autodrome, including precision driving assessments in Infiniti road cars and hot laps experience with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test & Reserve driver Sébastien Buemi.
“I don't really know where to start; however, I surely do know what my reaction was during this experience, as well as my impression as it all ended.” With these words, Dr. Sabbagh described his experience as a winner with Infiniti. “I was luckily chosen by Infiniti and was very happy and excited to be part of this experience, an experience that would not only take me to a beautiful city like Dubai, but also to a totally different dimension of my life, especially that I’m originally a doctor, a profession very far from the automotive industry. I was impressed by the level of professionalism of the event organizers, the amazing activities, and the very friendly and welcoming experience; briefly, it was a one of a kind practice. The moments I lived those two days were full of heavy emotions, ranging from that simple joy to those very high levels of adrenaline rushes throughout the driving experience.” Added Dr. Sabbagh.
From his end, Mr. Ghassan Chahine also commented on the experience saying: “Truly an experience of a lifetime; we enjoyed driving top Infiniti cars on the track, reaching really high speeds and learning some new skills to add to our passion in driving speedy cars. The welcoming was very hospitable and the overall event was very professional, in summary, it was a premium experience that I really enjoyed.”
At this stage, Dr. Sabbagh and Mr. Chahine were given the opportunity to prove their driving skills in order to be selected for the Ultimate Prize and join winners from Russia and the UK.
The Ultimate Prize includes F1™ driver tuition at the Infiniti Red Bull Racing factory, Milton Keynes, followed by a test drive in a real F1™ car in Dubai. A chance to watch the F1™ drivers in action at the race in Abu Dhabi from Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s VIP hospitality suite and choose a companion to spend the whole experience with the winner.