15 Nov 2017 - 0:51
Gordon-Lennox visits LIC, praises Qatar track
Charles Gordon-Lennox, founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, visited Qatar’s iconic Losail International Circuit (LIC) and exchanged ways and means to develop the sport in the two countries, details showed yesterday.
Gordon-Lennox, the 11th Duke of Richmond, was welcomed at LIC by QMMF President Abdul Rahman Al Mannai and Vice-President of Losail Circuit Sports Club (LCSC) Khalid Al Remaihi before being shown around the hugely popular race track.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England in late June or early July.
The popular event is scheduled to avoid clashing with the Formula One season, enabling fans to see F1 machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the hill.
Yesterday’s visit was aimed at strengthening relations and exchanging experiences in motor sport and to identify future plans of cooperation, both in Qatar or in Britain, a QMMF statement said yesterday.
Al Mannai and Al Remaihi accompanied the Duke of Richmond on a tour of all the facilities at LIC which hosts the first race of every MotoGP calendar besides welcoming the WorldSBK family in November every season.
“The facilities of the Losail International Circuit impressed Mr Charles Gordon-Lennox who was very pleased with the tour and expressed his desire for more cooperation with QMMF and LCSC. He has invited the QMMF and LCSC officials to attend one of the events at the Goodwood Park,” a QMMF statement added yesterday.
The Duke of Richmond also praised ‘the hospitality and good reception’ he received since arriving in Qatar, revealing his positive impressions of the significant development witnessed in Qatar over the years. He applauded the accelerated development of infrastructure and equipment currently underway in full swing in Qatar for the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the QMMF statement added. For his part, Al Mannai, President of QMMF, said: “The visit was very positive. Mr Charles Gordon-Lennox has a great deal of experience in organizing car festivals that are known the world over. We have underlined our intentions in developing motor sport through bilateral cooperation.”
He added: “Britain has a great deal of experience in organizing top racing or motorcycling events. There could be future cooperation between us to serve this sport not only in our countries but around the world. We have invited the Duke of Richmond to attend the opening round of the MotoGP to be held here in March next year. We have also received an official invitation to attend one of the events at Goodwood Park.”