The groundbreaking ceremony of the Omni Karting Circuit was held at the Airmen Golf Club & Recreation Park at Korangi Creek. The ribbon cutting and groundbreaking were performed by the Chief Guest, Air Officer Commanding Southern Air Command Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bokhari along with Syed Ovais Naqvi, CEO & Managing Partner of Omni Motorsport Pvt. Ltd. The ceremony was also attended by various other senior officers of the PAF including: Base Commander Korangi Creek Air Commodore Ibrahim Asad, Director PAF Museum Air Commode Usman Ghani, President of the Airmen Golf Club Group Captain Tahir Javed & Secretary of the Airmen Golf Club Wing Commander Naveed Siddiqui and the Directors of Omni Motorsport Pvt. Ltd.
This high-end and high adrenaline facility is being developed Omni Motorsport Pvt. Ltd. which has been established by Syed Ovais Naqvi who is Pakistan’s first Professional Formula Racecar Driver along with some renowned businessmen & corporate professionals in the areas of motorsports, marketing, media, international business, finance & investment banking, management, entrepreneurship, real estate and construction. Omni Motorsport Chairman, Roger Dawood Bayat, commented
“Today marks an important day as it brings together two reputable institutions the PAF and Omni Motorsport in bringing a vision and a dream that has commenced. Our idea is to change the landscape of the family entertainment and recreation industry within our communities, cities and the country and we shall endeavour to build the finest motorsport tracks ensuring the highest standards of quality, safety and professional managed facility where the goal is to provide for the public an exciting and healthy activity for the entire family.”
Roger went on to inform that Omni Motorsport specializes in recreational and professional motorsport activities and will be developing pioneering international standard motorsport facilities and karting circuits all across Pakistan. Starting by now making a 3 million dollar investment to construct, develop and establish the Omni Karting Circuit in Karachi, Pakistan. Soon we intend to expand and scale the business to other major metropolitan cities of Pakistan by opening similar facilities across the country and then subsequently beyond Pakistan to the international market by opening similar facilities in regional countries.
Chief Guest, Air Officer Commanding Southern Air Command Air Vice Marshal Salman Bokhari commented
“There is enormous potential in Pakistan in all fields and all types of sports. We should strive to provide opportunities to our people to expand their horizons and achieve success and recognition on the international stage. We also need to promote economic development in the country and to market the soft image of Pakistan across the world.”
He directed Omni Motorsport to ensure that no compromise is made on the quality and that the facility must adhere to the top international standards. AVM Bokhari also said,
“Safety is paramount in motorsport and all safety features should be implemented at the track”.
AVM Bokahri instructed Omni Motorsport to complete the design, development, and construction of the Omni Karting Circuit on schedule efficiently and expeditiously.
Speaking at the occasion Ovais informed that the Omni Karting Circuit will be a dedicated and purpose-built motorsport facility and it will be the first and the only karting circuit in Pakistan to not only meet the highest international specifications but will, in fact, exceed them. This pioneering karting complex and multi-disciplinary motorsport facility will include a multi-layout 1.5 km karting track built to CIK Grade An international standards. The track will also incorporate a 1/8 mile drag strip and be able to allow one road car at a time to be driven on it for autocross and time trials. It will be built on a 12-acre waterfront site located at the PAF Base Korangi Creek adjacent to the Airmen Golf Course & Recreation Park. Ovais commented that,
“This is a prime and picturesque waterfront property in a prestigious, easily accessible and extremely safe and secure location in the heart of Karachi on the pristine waters of the Arabian Sea with breathtaking views of the ocean.”
Ovais informed that the facility will be fully equipped with all amenities and features of a state of the art karting circuit with flood lights, safety barriers, and fencing. The Omni Karting Circuit will house a fleet of 30 karts capable of top speeds of 170 kph along with electronic kart timing equipment, F1 style start-finish lights, a kart control system, full racing gear, LCD screens and a giant outdoor LED screen. There will be a covered pits complex with 30 pit garages, a driver/member lounge, race control center and media center and a briefing room.
There will also be a maintenance building consisting of a garage/workshop and service and refueling area. The complex will have a main clubhouse building that will house the reception, the executive offices, changing rooms and lockers, toilets and a seminar/conference center and a merchandise store. The Omni Karting Circuit will include a trackside restaurant/café & outdoor terrace, a rooftop viewing deck and grandstands. The facility will have an open landscaped multi-purpose area along with a park. There will be parking for 200 cars. It will house a state of the art F1 simulator.