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GRAND PRIX FEVER MAKES BAHRAIN JUMP!
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The Parkour ‘free-runners’ from Jump Bahrain have turned the 2006 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on its head today as part of their three-day marathon around the Kingdom.

One of the real high points of the Yalla Bahrain! calendar of cultural, sporting and community events supporting this weekend’s Grand Prix, Jump Bahrain has kept everyone entertained away from the high octane action on the track.

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Daniel Ilabaca, Chase Armitage and Jerome Ben Aoues

On Friday the three Jump Bahrain performers – Daniel Ilabaca, Chase Armitage and Jerome Ben Aoues – went to work around the capital city Manama, crossing the ancient Bahrain Fort, glittering Al Ali Mall and Seef Mall and also the historic former government offices of the Bab al Bahrain.

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Parkour, the ‘art of displacement’ means crossing urban landscapes in the most spectacular and least conventional ways possible relying on nothing more than the agility and bravery of the ‘free-runners’ as they leap from rooftops and flip over obstacles.

Possibly the most unconventional means of getting into the hallowed ground of the Formula One paddock was achieved when Daniel and Chase burst through the electronic gates in an astonishing series of flips and rolls as seen on Madonna’s recent smash hit video ‘Hung Up’.

Chase performing parkour at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Daniel then proceeded to scale the wall of Bernie Ecclestone’s Paddock Building and hang upside down by his fingertips.

Never someone lost for words, the 75-year-old Formula One supremo took it all in his stride as 18-year-old Daniel and 20-year-old Chase flipped and twisted through the paddock. “Stop jumping around boys,” Bernie said with a smile before hopping gamely towards one of the banisters that had just been vaulted. “Better not,” he decided. “I’ll only show them up.”

 

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Onwards through the paddock, no team was left without its own Parkour experience – from the bemused McLaren-Mercedes mechanics who found the team doing handstands on its stacks of tyres to Super Aguri driver Takuma Sato who became a human hurdle.

The Ferrari building was the scene of another dizzying rooftop handstand and leap as the team celebrated its monopoly on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Daniel performing parkour at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Tomorrow’s grand finale of Jump Bahrain is timed to form part of the pre-race festivities that will be broadcast live to well over 400 million viewers eager to see the new season get underway in the Kingdom of Bahrain. That includes the enormous new audience tuning in to Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa, who will see the daring show.

Chase Armitage said: “It’s been a phenomenal few days for us. It’s a beautiful country to visit and we’ve really been honoured with the locations that have been opened up for us to jump. It’s going to be our thank-you to really crank it up tomorrow and show the Main Grandstand some real Parkour action.”

High above the grid, as the cars sit in readiness for the 2006 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the three freerunners have planned dramatic progress towards their ‘seats’ on the topmost rafters of the grandstand with the eyes of the world upon them on TV. Over 100 feet up, with no harnesses or safety nets, they will deservedly take the applause and settle down to enjoy the action.

 

 







 





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