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JAM | Jun 22, 2023

Elias Hountondji, Red Bull Driftbrother, confirmed as special international guest for 2023 Red Bull Car Park Drift Jamaica finals

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Elias Hountondji of Germany poses for a portrait during the first stop of the Drift Masters in Greinbach, Austria on July 09, 2021. // Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202107100183 // Usage for editorial use only // (contributed photo)

The Red Bull Car Park Drift Jamaica National Final returns to Montego Bay for its highly anticipated second edition as it welcomes special guest, international Red Bull athlete, Elias Hountondji.

The event is slated to occur on July 1 at Catherine Hall Sports Complex which is expected to become the battleground where the country’s top drift drivers will compete to be crowned the 2023 Drift King and represent the nation at the World Final in Qatar.

As a native of Ingolstadt, Germany, Hountondji is known for being the second half of the Red Bull Driftbrothers team, known for their participation in the King Of Europe drifting series alongside his brother, Joe, who was part of the judging team at Jamaica’s inaugural Red Bull Car Park Drift event held in 2022.

Known as the world’s largest drifting competition, Red Bull Car Park Drift, is renowned for its spectacular performances that leave audiences in awe. On July 1, patrons are promised screeching tires, revving engines, and billowing smoke as the drivers showcase their extraordinary skills, taking on the challenging obstacles set by Abdo Feghali.

Winner Nicolas Barnes gets ready to race at the Red Bull Car Park Drift in Montego Bay, Jamaica on October 1, 2022. // Camilo Quiroga / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202210030144 // Usage for editorial use only // (Contributed photo)

Feghali is the National Motorsports champion from Lebanon, three-time Rally Champion, and Guinness world record holder for the longest drift.

A total of 20 local participants will compete in nine obstacle courses that he will set. The drifters, who must expertly make their way around the challenging course, will be tested on their skill and precision, as opposed to speed.

Four drivers have already secured their spots in the highly anticipated National Final, having qualified from the podium of the 2022 staging. Nicholas ‘Tazz’ Barnes, Cleve ‘Cutta Hype’ Ottey, Sheldon ‘Z Boss’ Johnson, and Chris ‘CJ’ Addison have demonstrated their prowess and will be vying for the top honour in this year’s competition.

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