Khalil Beschir is widely known as the first Arab driver ever to compete in a single-seater world championship.
As a child, watching Formula 1 and the likes of his hero, Michael Schumacher, on TV, Khalil soon developed his lifelong passion for motorsport and realised his ambition to become a racing driver.
However, it was not an easy path to take; growing up in Lebanon there were no race circuits and motorsport was hardly even recognised, let alone there being any education or support structure in place. His parents were unable to finance his dream so he did everything he could to save enough money to make the trip to Europe where he enlisted at a race school in France.
The experience only confirmed to Khalil that racing was what he wanted to do and so he spent the next 3 years collecting enough sponsorship to secure a series of tests in Formula Renault 1600.
By 2004, Khalil had gathered enough funding to compete in a full race weekend at Zolder, Belgium and he made an impressive debut, finishing in the top 10 against some of Europe's best up and coming drivers of the time.
With money soon running out, Khalil decided to sell his road car and he got a job working for the team in Belgium as a mechanic in a bid to get more mileage in the car and to put together a budget for another race weekend.
Entering only his third race at Spa, a problem in qualifying forced Khalil to start from 42nd on the grid. An outstanding drive saw him battle his way through the field to finish 6th, taking fastest lap of the race in the process.
His performances soon caught the eye of popular F1 and IndyCar driver manager, Rick Gorne, who offered to manage Khalil and run him in the BAR-Honda Drivers' Program. Unfortunately Khalil was forced to turn down the opportunity due to being unable to finance his living expenses in tandem with the program.
Then the chance to represent his home country in the A1GP series arose. In a shootout against 6 other drivers in Formula 3 cars, Khalil came out on top and was handed the race seat.
In preparation for his A1GP debut, Khalil competed in the Italian Formula 3 Championship, finishing just outside the top 10. He was also entered for selected races of Euro F3000 where he still managed a creditable 13th in the drivers' standings despite contesting less than half the season.
Racing for A1 Team Lebanon, Khalil scored their best result to that date by finishing P8 in the A1GP South Africa street race in Durban.
Despite being mared by instability and inexperience within the team, Khalil spent three seasons in A1GP and has since furthered his motorsport career by becoming a test and development driver for single-seater manufacturers and race teams.