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September 22 2017 | 1:58am AET

Alex Demirdjian dedicates third place finish in car race to Armenian people

Source: Asbarez | Wednesday, 06 September 2017
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Alex Demirdjian after his race

Alex Demirdjian after his race

SPA, Belgium – Lebanese Armenian driver Alex Demirdjian has won 3rd place at the world-famous Total 24 Hours of Spa race in Belgium, which is part of the Blancpain GT Series.

Some 64 cars began the race at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit but only 35 finished the challenging feat. Demirdjian and his Ferrari AF Corse teammates Nicolas Minassian, Davide Rizzo, and Toni Vilander came in 3rd place, a major achievement in the racing world and a great source of pride for the Armenian community.

Alex Demirdjian (center) and his teammates Nicolas Minassian, Davide Rizzo

Alex Demirdjian (center) and his teammates Nicolas Minassian, Davide Rizzo“It was important for me to race for the Armenian people,” said Alex Demirdjian. “This race was about remembering our past but also letting the world know that we are present and our future is strong.”

The Total 24 Hours of Spa race is widely recognized as one of the most difficult races across the globe, due both to the continuous 24 hours of driving and the challenging weather conditions characteristic of the region. Demirdjian recognized the race as an important opportunity to represent both the Armenian and Lebanese communities, honoring the history of his people and creating hope for their future.

The Ferrari 488 GT3 that Demirdjian raced in proudly displayed the red, blue, and orange colors of the Armenian flag with the words “Drive for Life” just below. The front of the racecar displayed the Lebanese flag with the country’s national Cedar tree leading the way.

Demirdjian's Ferrari emblazoned with the Armenian tri-color

Demirdjian’s Ferrari emblazoned with the Armenian tri-color

“It was a wonderful feeling to cross the Armenian and Lebanese flags across the finish line,” said Demirdjian. “This achievement really goes to show that teamwork is more important than any individual endeavor, and I hope future generations will be inspired to work together in pursuit of their ambitions while honoring their history.”

Prior to this event, Demirdjian raced in the Blancpain GT Endurance Race in Monza, Italy where he won 1st place with his Ferrari AF Corse teammates Davide Rizzo and Abbie Eaton.




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