Formula X Gulf for 2004 launch

The Formula X Gulf Championship, a new, fixed-specification, single-seater racing series for the Middle East region, will start in October 2004. The FIA-approved class will be contested by 455kg monocoque chassis built by UK commercial racecar maker Van Diemen International Racing Services, and powered by a 200bhp engine based on the four-cylinder Ford 'Duratec'

Formula X Gulf for 2004 launch

The series will be managed by , which was founded in France in 1991, and plans to have a fleet of 24 racecars in Dubai by April to stage a demonstration race at the new Dubai Autodrome, with a 12-round competition to follow later in the year in Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar.

Formula X president Claude Chantala said of the new series: "This concept is based on providing an all-inclusive racing service involving the provision of cars, tyres, fuel, transportation and the maintenance of the equipment for a specified number of races.

"The ambition of Formula X Gulf is to help in discovering talented young drivers in the countries of the Middle East."

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