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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Motorsport: First purpose built race track in Nigeria hosts its first race event - The BT

The 2017 BT has come and gone but the memories of the just concluded race event will forever be etched in the deepest parts of our hearts.
The event which was by far the biggest motorsport event in Nigeria was held on Saturday 25th of November 2017 and it was nothing short of an amazing experience for the Motoring Nigeria crew. What made it even more spectacular was that it took place on Nigeria’s First purpose-built racetrack at Evbuobanosa, Near Abudu, Edo State. It was also an occasion to celebrate 5 years of the annual Bikers Trophy (“The BT”) event. The event witnessed the presence of the biggest names in Nigerian motorsport and motorsport lovers who all travelled from different parts of the country to witness the epoch-defining moments that was this year’s BT.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:  PRACTICE DAYS
The event started on Wednesday 22nd November which was the day fixed for general track use and free practice, there were reports of some racers doing a whopping 100 laps on the racetrack in order to get used to the curves and turns the track had to offer. Thursday was also practice day as the drivers and bikers took turns practicing and perfecting their racing skills on the track.

FRIDAY: QUALIFYING
We were introduced to some of the action on Friday as racers from every category had to race and qualify for the grid on Saturday.
Qualifying Results
Category
1st
2nd
3rd
Supercars
AnthonioS.(BMW M6)
Tiger Racing
Chevrolet Camaro
Team Cars
OutdoorTours Racing
Rage Motorsport
Autobahn
600cc Superbikes
Ahmed Alpacino
BadBlood 28
Blow
1000cc Superbikes
Argotios Racing
Jack Afarra (Airbenda)
Babatunde L. (B9)



RACE DAY SATURDAY !
There was an unspoken tension in the air on Saturday the 25th of November 2017 as racers and spectators made their way to the track venue at Evbuobanosa from Benin City. Racing started with the 600cc bike category where Ahmed Alpacino released his anger on the track,and clinched the 1st position, he was closely followed by his team mate Ikemesit Nkereuwem (Badblood28).  Third in the 600cc Category was Ikhide Izokpu (Blow). The 600cc race was followed quickly by the 1000cc category where Jack Afarra clinched 1st position, Argo Raak took the 2nd position and Babatunde Ladipo (B9) took the 3rd position. Outdoortours Racing won the RoadX Team Car category, 2nd position went to Rage Motorsport and Autobahn clinched the 3rd position.
The Supercar category had Anthonio  in the BMW M6 in the 1st position, Eugene in the 2nd position in the Camaro and 3rd position went to Theodore in the Tiger 2 seater race car.

FINAL RACE RESULTS
Category
1st
2nd
3rd
Supercars
Anthonio S. (BMW M6)
Eugene
Theodore
Team Cars
Outdoors racing
Rage Motorsport
Autobahn
600cc bikes
Ahmed Alpacino
BadBlood 28
Blow
1000cc bikes
Jack Afarra Airbender
Argotios Racing
Bikers Wearhouse Racing

Some corporate brands present at the event included Monster Energy, Tecno Mobile & MTN while Wazobia Max TV, Ebony Life TV, and NTA Entertainment TV Channels provided press.

This is our 3rd year of reporting on the BT and it has been a great ride from the days of racing on the roads of Urhonigbe to the present use of a purpose built racetrack. Thanks to the organizers for giving motorsport lovers a home to enjoy and explore their passion.


The RoadX Car Race Series and The BT Series begin in February 2018 & you can rely on Motoring Nigeria to be there to bring you regular updates from the racetrack.  Till then, if you dig motorsport, keep pumping RED!

Follow us on Instagram @motoringnigeria to view more pictures and videos from the event.
Grid set up before the 1000cc race began

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Autobahn

4eva Racing

Forth Worth (Rage Motorsports)


Inferno Racing


Chevrolet Camaro driven by Argotios Racing

Rear view of the Camaro and  BMW M6

Grid set up before the 1000cc race began


Argo getting interviewed after racing.

Mr Ikems of BMW Club NIgeria having a good time.

Camaro in beast mode

Grid setup for the team car race

600cc winners (L-R) Blow -3rd, Ahmed Alpacino- 1st and BadBlood 28 -2nd

1000cc category winners (L-R) Bikers wearhouse racing- 3rd, Jack Afarra -1st and Argotios racing- 2nd

Supercar category winners


Imab workshop (L) built the winning team car used by- Outdoortours racing (R)

Wenger out






















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