Qatar’s 2016 FIA T2 World Champion, 2017 FIA World Cup T2-second and challenger for the T2 World Cup 2018, Adel Hussein Abdulla Adel will start in the Dubai International Baja, this weekend’s second round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup.
After his participation in the first round in Russia in February with a Toyota Land Cruiser instead of his well-known Nissan Patrol, he appeared to have run out of time to transport his car to the UAE in time to take the ceremonial start at the Dubai Autodrome on Thursday evening. But the Doha-based driver reached a late agreement to rent a Nissan Patrol Y62 that was formerly used by Abu Dhabi-based Lebanese driver Emil Khneisser on rounds of the FIA World Cup.
"In the end we had the approval from the Emirates to be able to start the race, but we were not able to ship my car in the time we had available," said Adel Abdulla. "I am delighted that we have been able to rent the Y62, the car that was used by Emil Khneisser, and I hope that this car has been prepared very well. I will be looking to try and take the win and ensure that I score as many points as possible."
Adel’s 2018 rallying programme would not have been possible without the support of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), the Qatar Government and Ooredoo Qatar and he personally thanked His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for his support.
Formerly run as the Dubai International Rally the final round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, the event switched to a cross-country format two years ago and is based at the Dubai Autodrome for the first time this year. It gets underway with a ceremonial start tomorrow evening (Thursday). The first of two 173km selective sections fires into life on Friday morning (March 9) and a second timed section follows on Saturday before the finish at the Dubai Autodrome from 18.30hrs.
Photos: QX Rally Team
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA
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