08 Mar WORLD CUP RACE HEATS UP IN AL QUDRA DESERT
8 March, 2018 :
Top-class line-up of riders, drivers head for classic battle in Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani
Dubai, UAE, 8 March, 2018: There is no better stage for World Cup cross country rallying than the Al Qudra desert which presents a top-class assembly of drivers and riders with a big test this weekend in the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani.
After tonight’s (Thursday) ceremonial start at Dubai Autodrome, the action begins in earnest tomorrow (Friday) morning when a line-up 58 cars, buggies, bikes and quads tackle a demanding route twisting across the dunes and plains.
For the competitors who undertook round one of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and buggies, the contrast in conditions could not be greater following last month’s opening battle in the frozen forests of Northern Russia.
Czech Martin Prokop and co-driver Jan Tomanek blasted their way through the snow and ice to grab second place on that occasion, and must now contend with a combination of soft and hard-packed sand as they look to block the victory path of UAE favourite and top-seeded diver, Khalid Al Qassimi.
FIA officials carrying out vehicle checks during scrutineering today at Dubai Autodrome, Rally HQ for the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani.
Balooshi believes team-mate Mohammed Jaffar from Kuwait could grab a top three place, and also has high hopes for his younger brother Sultan and for Kuwait’s Abdulla Shatti.