Sat 03-03-2018 19:19 PM
DUBAI, 3rd March, 2018 (WAM) — The UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi and Mohammed Al Balooshi top the driver and rider seedings for next weekend’s Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani, when both aim to step up to claim victory in the double World Cup event.
Partnered by French co-driver Xavier Panseri in his Peugeot Abu Dhabi Racing Team 3008 DKR, Al Qassimi started as favourite to win the second round of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and buggies after finishing runner-up last year.
Top Emirati rider Al Balooshi, meanwhile, will be seeking a flying start in an event which also forms the opening round of the FIM Bajas World Cup for bikes and quads after finishing third on his KTM last year.
Al Qassimi and Al Balooshi head a powerful line-up of 88 competitors from 19 countries in the official seedings lists announced today by the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE (ATCUAE), the national motor sport authority and rally organisers.
The rally is supported by the Government of Dubai, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the General Authority of Sports.
The second edition of the Dubai International Baja powered by Nisan and AW Rostamani will be based at Dubai Autodrome, with the opening ceremony taking place at the new Rally HQ next Thursday (8th March) at 5pm.
“We have a top-class entry and look forward to two days of classic cross country rallying over a spectacular route across the dunes and plains of the Al Qudra desert,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE and Emirates Motor Sport Federation, and FIA Vice President for sport.