ASHGABAT (BBC) - The president of Turkmenistan has won his country’s maiden car race after an impromptu decision to enter. Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov dr-ove to the track in the capital Ashgabat in a green Bugatti sports car to watch. Suddenly asking to take part, he changed to a Turkish-made Volkicar and won the time trial challenge. Correspondents say the apparently choreographed display seemed designed to enhance his image as a man of action. The winning car will be given to the desert country’s national sports museum. Berdymukhamedov, a former health minister, came to power following the death of his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, at the age of 66, in 2006.