ASHGABAT, April 9 (TCA) -- Turkmenistan's authoritarian leader proved he doesn't only win elections easily, coming first in a car race he wasn't even supposed to take part in.
On a day when Turkmenistan was marking Health Day, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on April 7 visited the car race track for the country's first auto race.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov drove to the racing track in a Bugatti sports car Saturday morning ostensibly to give his blessing to the former Soviet Central Asian nation's maiden automotive competition.
After askign "Can I take part?", the Turkmen President had changed into racing gear, entered the zippy and diminutive Turkish-made Volkicar automobile and promptly proceeded to record the best time in the time-trial challenge.
Berdymukhammedov won, recording the best time in the time-trials.
Following his victory organizers of event decided to send the Volkicar, a car the president received for the win, the Turkmen president drove to the national sports museum.
Berdymulhammedov won the race driving Bugatti Veyron, one of the fastest street-legal cars with speeds up to 400 kilometers per hour and with a cost of around $2 million.
This is combined report of TCA with the news from: AP; RFE\RL