Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.27 / Trend, E.Mehdiyev /
A qualifying session and City Challenge sprint race started today in Baku. Car race started on Azadlig Square in Baku The cars taking part in the race are: Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Audi R8 LMS, BMW Z4 GT3, Ferrari 458 İtalia GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 600 +, and Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3.
Practice sessions on GT, CLASSIK GRAND PRIX and GYMKHANA CITY DRIFTING competitions of City Challenge were held on Friday.
The technical capabilities of the cars will be demonstrated, a parade and the final part of the "City Challenge Baku-2012" will be held on the main day of the competition, Oct.28.
The 2.1-km long City Challenge race circuit runs round Government House. Ten teams represented by two pilot drivers will take part. During the competition all safety rules are respected in accordance with the requirements of the local Auto Transport Federation and international standards.
A parade of those cars participating in the race took place on Oct.25.
First they gave a demonstration on Azadlig Square, then raced on a special track along the coastal strip to the Kempinski Badamdar Hotel.
At a press conference held at the Kempinski Badamdar Hotel, City Challenge CEO Hartmut Beyer said that the races will be observed by about 300 million people in over 120 countries and Baku will be in the spotlight of the world.
Also, the racing drivers competing in City Challenge Baku-2012, signed autographs in Park Bulvar. They were Karim Al Azhari (UAE), Nicki Thiim (Denmark) and Philipp Eng (Austria).
Previously, City Challenge was held in Budapest and Bucharest.