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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Adel Abdulla with hired Nissan Patrol Safari Y61

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Qatar’s Adel Abdulla has managed to piece together a second successive deal to rent a car and will be hoping to extend his FIA T2 World Championship at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, starting on Saturday in the UAE capital. The Qatari finished third at Baja Russia and second in the recent Dubai International Baja and now holds an eight-point lead in the T2 rankings after two of 11 rounds.

Abdulla has managed to hire a Nissan Safari Y61 to take part in the T2 or showroom category, where he and navigator Nasser Al-Kuwari face fierce competition from the likes of Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Shegawi, Russia’s Yuliya Khegay-Migunova and Romania’s Claudia Laurentiu Barbu. The duo tested the car for the first time today (Thursday).

"At the end we had permission to do the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, but we could not, unfortunately, bring our car again," Abdulla reported. "We are lucky that we have been to hire a Nissan. I am always happy to drive a Nissan. This time I will drive a Patrol Safari Y61. We have prepared ourselves well to try and get the maximum points we can."

"We will try to win. This rally is the best one in the cross-country and it is also a very tough race for everybody, especially for the T2s. We will try and keep the car in a good condition every day and still set a good pace. My experience from the last two years as a driver will be valuable," he added.

"I did this race for the first time, actually, in 1993. I respect the dunes here and we need to be patient and to cross from the right places. To get stuck and to waste time is not ideal and you lose everything you have built up in a day. The race is won on the last day and not the first two days. Nasser is well prepared as well. We are feeling positive to do a good job and to represent Qatar in a good way. We hope to reach the podium with good points. Thanks to the Qatar government, the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and Ooredoo Qatar for their support."

Photos: Adel Abdulla Team



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