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Wasif, Mohammed set for Jordan Mena Digital final

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Seventeen-year-old Wasif al Kharousi and Mohammed al Barwani will represent the Sultanate of Oman in the second Jordan Middle East and North Africa (Mena) Digital Final on Thursday and Friday.

The two Omanis had prepared themselves well to bring home the winning cup after topping the recently held Khareef Digital Championship and Oman Digital Championship, both

managed by Oman Automobile Association.

The contestants have travelled to Jordan for the competition with a larger number of participants attending, compared to the previous season.

Digital Motorsports Manager of OAA, Masoud al Hinai said: “At last year’s event, the atmosphere and preparation in Jordan was perfectly managed and this year’s winners of the national digital championships proved how hard they worked since their performance in the past.”

This being their second held championship, the final in Jordan will be accommodating participants from all over the Middle East and North Africa, competing against each other at a professional level.

According to Masoud, the challenges on the simulators are done fairly due to contestants having the same equipment and that all it takes to win is practice and skills.

Wasif Al Kharousi, who was ranked first in the championship in Oman, said: “Honestly, each year the competition series gets tougher but the organisation of the events gets even better.”

The 17-year-old added: “This is my second Mena Digital Championship and I’m really excited and looking forward to it. I will give it my all to make my country proud.”

The second-place winner, Mohammed al Barwani, 34, said: “This is a great step forward for simulator racing within our region. This isn’t my first time competing in Jordan and from my previous visit, the experience was lovely with the great people who were very welcoming, making it feel like a second home to me.

“This time however, as I have been practicing on the Gran Turismo games every single day, I know I am ready and will perform my best to the end.”

The Mena Digital Final is hosted by Jordan Motorsport (JMS) to attract young racers and video game enthusiasts to attend the event from across the region. Each country is represented by two contestants who are selected either through their national championship qualifiers or as their country nominees.

The OAA is hoping for the best performance by the Omani representatives in the final in Jordan and to make the most out of this opportunity.

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