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2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge - 1 / 6 April

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  1. Desert Dog

    Desert Dog Dakar Finisher

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    Not long now to the largest FIA off-road event in the Middle East.

    This video shows the highlights from the 2016 event and gives you a taste of things to come!

     
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  2. mattj112

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    Martin Prokop shipping his ford race car aka (Shrek) to the Abu Dhabi and Qatar rally

     
  3. Desert Dog

    Desert Dog Dakar Finisher

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    Whilst Sonora is kicking off, the ADDC is 8 days away.... safety issues and dehydration play a large part in the organisation, with many firsts being tried out in the UAE.

    2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    March 31-April 6, 2017


    23-STRONG MEDICAL TEAM TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TECHNOLOGIES AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Al-Ain Water provides vital water supplies to combat dehydration

    ABU DHABI (UAE) – Tuesday, March 21st: The 27th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan takes centre stage in the UAE’s sporting calendar next week (March 31-April 6).

    Officials at the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE have left nothing to chance in terms of safety and medical facilities for the impressive list of 39 car crews and 45 motorcycle and quad riders who feature on the entry list for the third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the opening round of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Cup.

    Cross-country rallying is a gruelling endurance sport, where competitors are not only competing against each other, but also against some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet. Temperatures in the Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter) can reach the high forties Centigrade at this time of year and fatigue, coupled with severe dehydration, pose challenges to competitors, organisers, volunteers and medical teams alike during five days of punishing competition.

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will benefit from a 23-strong team working alongside the ATCUAE’s chief medical officer Sean Petherbridge. They are a truly international team from the UK, Australia, the USA, Sweden, Ireland and Egypt and consist of doctors, paramedics, trauma specialists, science research staff and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians). Many are volunteers with several years’ experience at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and, this year, they will also benefit from new medical technologies.

    Infra Scanners will be available for the first time, enabling medical staff to check whether an injured competitor may have a possible bleed on the brain. Each of the three medical helicopters supplied by Abu Dhabi Aviation will be equipped with one of the infrared devices.

    There will also be two CAERvest® (cooling vests) in each helicopter. They enable the body to be cooled rapidly and are vital for the rapid emergency treatment of heat stroke or cardiac arrest.

    Rehydration solutions will also be supplied to combat the possible effects of dehydration. These electrolyte drinks contain water, salts and sugars and aid the recovery process.

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will also receive valuable support from Al Ain Water for a 12th consecutive year. UAE’s number 1 bottled drinking water manufacturers will supply drinking water to the entire ADDC caravan.

    “Research suggests that dehydration poses severe risks to the safety of competitors, volunteers and officials working in inclement desert conditions and high temperatures,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, rally founder and President of the ATCUAE. “Dehydration reduces concentration levels and this can lead to mistakes, slower reaction times and potential problems. That’s why we are grateful to the ongoing valuable support of Al Ain Water and place great reliance on our professional medical teams.”

    This year’s event takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from the Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.
     
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  4. Desert Dog

    Desert Dog Dakar Finisher

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    The provisional entry list is out now Entry Lists

    And for our American friends, you will be pleased to see that Bryce Menzies / Pete Mortensen are entered in an X-Raid Mini. 39 cars is quite a turn out!
     
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  5. Desert Dog

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    2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    March 31-April 6, 2017


    MASSIVE ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE ENTRY PROVES STRENGTH OF CROSS-COUNTRY RALLYING

    · Qatar’s Al-Attiyah and Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qassimi heads bumper car entry
    · Current Dakar champion San Sunderland aims for motorcycle glory in Abu Dhabi

    ABU DHABI (UAE) – Wednesday, March 22: The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE have announced a massive entry for next week’s 27th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (ADDC) Powered by Nissan.

    The ADDC POWERED BY NISSAN is the third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. It takes place on April 1-6 across the remote Western deserts of the Rub Al-Khali.

    Defending FIA World Cup champion and two-time ADDC winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi head the 39-car category in their respective Toyota Hilux and Peugeot 3008 DKR. The list features a myriad of the world’s leading off-road drivers, including current series leader Aron Domzala of Poland, Russia’s Vladimir Vasilyev, former WRC star Martin Prokop and ADDC veteran Yayha Al-Helai.

    The event is also the opening round of the prestigious FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and precedes rounds in Qatar, Chile, Argentina and Morocco. The series is the traditional battleground between the Honda, KTM and Yamaha factory teams and has been dominated by Austrian manufacturer KTM on all but four occasions since riders were permitted for the first time in 2005.

    “The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge has traditionally been the first major FIM Cross-Country event of the season after the Dakar Rally and it’s great to see the factory teams line up alongside such a strong field of other riders,” enthused Mohammed Ben Sulayem, rally founder and President of the ATCUAE.

    “The two-wheel category has strength in depth and, coupled with our quad entry, and the car section, which always attracts many of the world’s finest drivers, the scene is set for a superb 27th edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.”

    Marc Coma has the record for securing eight victories in 10 years, before retiring to take up an organisational role within the Dakar Rally hierarchy. Toby Price is the defending champion on his Red Bull KTM Factory Team 450, but the Australian crashed heavily at this year’s Dakar and broke a femur and that has opened the door for local hero, last year’s runner-up and current Dakar champion Sam Sunderland to start as the favourite to win the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for the first time, alongside Austrian team-mate Matthias Walkner.

    The Monster Energy Honda Team is dividing its team resources between two events on opposite sides of the world. While American rider Ricky Brabec rides in this week’s four-day Sonora Rally in Mexico, Argentine Kevin Benavides and Portugal’s Paolo Gonçalves will take part in Abu Dhabi.

    “It’s the first time we have competed since the Dakar and we are sorry that an injury for Joan Barreda Bort will keep him away,” said the team’s general manager Martino Bianchi. “This will be the first race back for Kevin after a hand injury and a good chance for Paolo to check his fitness levels on a demanding event like Abu Dhabi.”

    There are an impressive 28 riders from 13 nations on the motorcycle entry list, including several from the UAE and seven professional riders on factory motorcycles. Top seed is the Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla, the defending FIM Cross-Country World Championship rider, with Dubai’s Mohammed Al-Balooshi leading the Arab challenge on his Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM 450.

    Quads were classified in their own category in 2005 and the Portuguese rider Ricardo Leal Dos Santos claimed the win on a Yamaha. In the 11 events since that date, Poland’s Rafal Sonik has won on two occasions and ties with Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa and Sebastien Husseini on two wins apiece. Abu Issa has now switched to racing on four wheels and Sonik tops the list of 17 quad riders, as he aims to put a disappointing Dakar Rally outing behind him.

    The event takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from the Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.
     
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  6. Desert Dog

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    2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    March 31-April 6, 2017


    WORLD’S LEADING DRIVERS AND RIDERS ARRIVE TO PREPARE FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

    Old rivalry between Al-Attiyah and Al-Qassimi set to take centre stage in desert

    ABU DHABI (UAE) –Friday, 24 March 2017: The world’s leading drivers and riders are beginning to arrive in the United Arab Emirates ahead of next week’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN.

    The third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship kicks off with a super special stage at the Al-Forsan International Sports Resort on April 1 and runs through the deserts of the Rub Al-Khali until April 6.

    A fierce rivalry has existed between Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi for 14 years. The pair locked horns for the first time in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship and Al-Qassimi drew first blood with a title victory in 2004.

    The pair continued their duel for several seasons in the regional rallying series and then the competition extended to the FIA World Rally Championship, where Al-Attiyah concentrated on the PWRC and WRC 2 categories and Al-Qassimi agreed to drive works Fords and Citroëns in the main World Rally Car categories.

    Now the pair are specialising in cross-country rallying. Al-Attiyah has more experience in this discipline, as his two Dakar Rally victories and numerous wins on rounds of the FIA World Cup would suggest. But Al-Qassimi is a determined character and now has the latest version of Peugeot’s all-conquering 3008 DKR at his disposal for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. A mechanical issue robbed him of a top finish on his ADDC debut in 2015, but he went on to finish seventh overall with a Mini All4 Racing last year.

    The Emirati shadowed his Qatari rival to the finish of the recent Dubai International Baja and almost lasted the distance at the Dakar Rally in January, before mechanical issues intervened. He will be determined to push for the top of the podium to keep up the momentum in his first real season-long challenge for FIA World Cup honours. Al-Qassimi’s navigator Khalid Al-Kendi is one of the most experienced in the UAE and developed a sound knowledge of the Western Deserts by competing alongside Abu Dhabi veteran Yayha Al-Helai on many occasions.

    Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, is on a winning streak with his Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux and claimed six event victories last year in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Spain, Italy, Poland and Morocco on his way to the FIA World Cup title. A win in Dubai recently has moved him up to second in the 2017 title race behind Poland’s Aron Domzala. He also has two wins at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge under his belt but Al-Qassimi will be aiming to prevent the Doha-based driver from adding a third.

    “Both Nasser and Khalid have been at the forefront of rallying in the Middle East for the last 14 years and it is fascinating that they will lock horns again across the sands of the UAE, here at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge,” enthused Mohammed Ben Sulayem, rally founder and President of the ATCUAE.

    “The success of both drivers has encouraged many more people in the region to become interested in the sport and their interest in the discipline of cross-country rallying is another reason this sport is so popular now in the region.”

    The event takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from the Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.
     
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  7. Desert Dog

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    TWO-PRONGED GLOBAL APRIL CROSS-COUNTRY RALLYING CHALLENGE FOR SOUTH RACING

    · Garces and Schröder to represent team at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    · Bolivian Gutierrez and Argentina’s Halpern to start Desafio Ruta 40 Sur

    ABU DHABI (UAE): South Racing gets its hectic programme of cross-country rallying underway with two events on opposite sides of the world at the start of April.

    The German-based team will field a Ford Ranger and a Nissan Navara at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round three of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, on April 1-6 and two Toyota Hiluxes at the new Desafio Ruta 40 Sur, the first of two rounds of this year’s Argentine Cross-Country Rally Championship.

    The Chilean crew of Hernan Garces and Juan-Pablo Latrach will crew the team’s Ford Ranger on the demanding desert route of the five-day Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the German father and son crew of Jürgen and Maximilian Schröder wheel out the Nissan Navara.

    Seven time zones behind and deep in the heart of Patagonia in southern Argentina, the team will also field a pair of Toyota Hiluxes for the Argentinean duo of Sebastien Halpern and Eduardo Pulenta and the Bolivian Rodrigo Gutierrez and his new South American-based Croatian navigator Tomislav Glavic.

    Halpern and Uruguayan navigator Sergio Lafuente won last year’s Desafio Ruta 40 event in La Rioja and will be aiming to make it two in succession for South Racing. Team-mates Ricardo Martinez and Fernando Alvarez were fifth and eighth overall last year. On this occasion, rivals for Halpern and Gutierrez include the Argentinean drivers, Jorge Fontana, Jorge Mansilla, Emiliano Spataro and José Garcia.

    “It’s a hectic week in terms of planning and logistics with two events at the same time in the Middle East and South America,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham. “We are back to defend our title at the Desafio Ruta 40. We have two good teams and everyone is looking forward to the new route in the south of Argentina. The last time we were in this region was on the Dakar in 2009 and 2010.

    “It’s always great to compete over the big dunes in Abu Dhabi. We are hoping for a good result. It’s Hernan’s first time at the event, but he took a good result with eighth in Qatar last year and is confident that he can take a good finishing position. Jürgen achieved a good result in Morocco and heads to the dunes in Abu Dhabi for the first time. He has experience of sand and dunes from the Dakar and he and his son Maximilian are looking forward to the challenge and hope to achieve a good finish in the Nissan.”

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge has been at the forefront of the FIA World Cup since its first inclusion in the championship in 1993. Two South Racing Toyotas finished finished 16th and 17th overall last year in the hands of Nunzio Coffaro and Fernando Alvarez.

    Garces and Latrach enjoyed their first experience of the Middle East last year and will be hoping to build upon the solid eighth place they achieved at Qatar’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally. It will be the first time for their German team-mates at an event that starts with a super special stage at the Al-Forsan International Resort on April 1 and then heads deep into the Western Deserts of the UAE’s Rub Al-Khali for five sections littered with punishing sand dunes and insipid heat between April 2-6.

    In stark contrast, Desafio Ruta 40 takes its name from Argentina’s National Road No. 40, the longest and most spectacular in the country. It runs for 5,200km from Cabo Virgenes in the province of Santa Cruz all the way to La Quiaca and passes through 11 provinces and the Patagonia, Cuyo and North regions.

    The new Desafio Ruta 40 Sur takes crews to the south of Argentina, while a second Desafio Ruta North will take place on August 25-31 to wrap up the Argentine off-road series.

    After technical scrutineering and administration checks on April 1, the new southern event starts on April 2 in Neuquén. The first loop stage around the largest city in Patagonia takes centre stage on April 3 and the second special on April 4 heads in the direction of Villa Regina, a town in the General Roco Department of the province of Rio Negro. Teams are based at Villa Regina overnight and then the Desafio Ruta 40 Sur heads on to an overnight halt in Las Grutas on April 5 after the third leg.

    Stages four and five take place around the Las Grutas bivouac on April 6 and 7 and the event finishes at the beach resort town in the Department of San Antonio the same afternoon.
     
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  8. Desert Dog

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    POLAND’S ARON DOMZALA SET TO DEFEND FIA WORLD CUP LEAD AT ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE


    · Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saiedan holds slender FIA T2 advantage in Abu Dhabi
    · Free entries awarded to Emirati and GCC entrants at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    · Top entrants to join race officials and sponsors at media conference on Thursday

    ABU DHABI (UAE) –Wednesday, March 29th 2017: Little known Polish cross-country driver Aron Domzala finds himself firmly in the spotlight at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN, which starts with a timed super special stage at the Al-Forsan International Resort on April 1.

    The Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux driver began his first ever full campaign for honours in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in superb style and leads the Drivers’ Championship by 11 points. After claiming victory in February’s Baja Russia across the frozen wastelands of the Republic of Karelia, Domzala and navigator Szymon Gospodarczyk finished a solid sixth overall in the Dubai International Baja, the first of two events being organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) in the space of a month.

    Now the Pole faces the formidable task of holding on to that lead over five gruelling days of competition in the desert wilderness of Abu Dhabi against some of the most potent rivals in the sport. Double points are on offer for the longer rounds of this year’s championship as well and that places a greater emphasis on good results here in Abu Dhabi, and in Qatar, Kazakhstan and Morocco later in the season.

    The winner of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will receive 60 points and both Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi will be targeting the top step of the podium. After five days of competition through the dunes of the Rub Al-Khali, the event finishes at the Yas Marina Circuit on April 6.

    Al-Attiyah missed the first round in Russia and began the defence of his FIA World Cup crown with victory in the Dubai Baja. He holds second in the championship from a tying Al-Qassimi (Peugeot) and Russian driver Viktor Khoroshavtsev, who is not taking part in Abu Dhabi.

    Drivers such as Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa (Mini), the experienced Czech Miroslav Zapletal (Hummer) and former FIA World Cup champion, Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini), will also be eyeing podium finishes to keep their title challenges on track.

    The FIA T2 Championship is open to drivers of series production cross-country vehicles like the Nissan Patrol, Toyota Land Cruiser and the Isuzu D-Max in near-standard form. Qatar’s Adel Abdulla claimed the 2016 title from Saudi Arabian Yasir Saiedan after an FIA protest was awarded in his favour following last year’s Rally of Morocco.

    The pair are locking horns again this season and Saiedan has the early advantage. In the unofficial T2 standings, the Toyota driver holds a 10-point advantage over the Qatari after the two short events. Abu Dhabi-based Lebanese Emil Khneisser (Nissan) finished second in Dubai last month, but is not registered for the FIA series and that has lifted both Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Al-Malki (Isuzu) and Emirati Mansoor Al-Helai (Toyota) into striking distance.

    All four title contenders feature on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge’s entry list, alongside Khneisser, Kazakh driver Marat Abykayev (Toyota), Oman’s Abdullah Al-Zubair (Nissan) and Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Al-Shegawi (Toyota)

    Entrants from the UAE and other GCC countries benefited from free entry to this year’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, rally founder and President of the ATCUAE, confirmed that the move was made after the request of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare.

    “This is excellent news for the event and the sport in general,” said Ben Sulayem. “Sheikh Nahyan is an avid supporter of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and is keen to continue to attract fresh talent into the sport. We have several regular drivers, like Yayha Al-Helai, who has competed here many times in the past and continues to enjoy his opportunity to take on the world’s best. But his son Mansoor now competes as well and is well positioned to succeed in the T2 category this year.”

    Several of the leading competitors in the car, motorcycle and quad categories will join Ben Sulayem and representatives from some of the event’s leading sponsors at the official pre-event press conference in the media centre at the Yas Circuit in Abu Dhabi at 11.00hrs tomorrow (Thursday, March 30th).

    The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from Al Dafrah Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.

    FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 2 (unofficial):

    1. Aron Domzala (POL) 41pts
    2. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT) 30pts
    3. Viktor Khoroshavtsev (RUS) 21pts
    3. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE) 21pts
    5. Vladimir Frolov (RUS) 16pts
    5. Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT) 16pts
    7. Ronan Chabot (FRA) 15pts
    7. Yasir Saeidan (SAU) 15pts
    9. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE) 12pts
    9. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) 12pts, etc


    FIA T2* World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 2 (unofficial):

    1. Yasir Saeidan (SAU) 40pts
    2. Adel Abdulla (QAT) 30pts
    3. Ahmed Al-Malki (SAU) 27pts
    4. Mansoor Al-Helai (ARE) 25pts
    5. Marat Abykayev (KAZ) 18pts

    *Emil Khneisser is not registered for T2 Championship
     
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  9. spalind

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    Nasser crushing it through SS1, 11+ up on Al Qassimi and 15+ up on Vasilyev

    Mark and Saluki are doing great though! Mark sits in 12th, about 8 minutes out of the top 10.
     
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  10. ZequeArgentina

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    ABDC is going quite as expected, just that Nasser is killing everyone else with no Mercy, look at overall!!

    At the end of stage 4 (still lot of crs riding SS4, so it can change) :
    Pos No. Name Pen. Time Diff. prev Diff. 1st
    1 201 AL ATTIYA N. 14:43:58.7
    2 202 SH. AL QASSIMI K. +1:46:03.1
    3 207 PROKOP M. +2:20:08.4
    4 209 ABU-ISSA M. +3:12:09.0
    5 233 AL FERAIHI K. +5:28:06.6
    6 208 AL HELEI Y. +5:49:25.9
    7 223 POWELL M. +5:57:03.8
    8 235 AL MAQOODI A. +12:41:58.9
    9 224 AMOS E. +15:36:53.0
    10 205 ZAPLETAL M. +19:23:36.5

    Today Al Qassami lost a lot of time, but anyhow Nasser was puting, 11min, then other 11m, 3rd day 16 mins and today more than 25 to whoever was second.

    Other very interesting thing is RDC memeber Mark Powell doing mre than great!!
    Lying 7th, Mark you have done a consistent performance:

    SS1: 12th
    SS2: 17th (maybe some problem this day)
    SS3: 8th
    SS4: 7th

    Additionally he is leading T1.3 (2wd gas vehicles) by more than 1 hour!!

    Keep the flow of good stages!!!
     
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  11. Dirty Harry

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    How did Al Qassimi get his hands on the new Peugeot??? And what sort of support to Peugeot send for the Rally?


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  12. Short Bus

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    Maybe the factory team shipped last years 3008s off to PH Sport too now?

    Anyone know what happened to Bryce? He was in the presser as an attendee, but never showed up on the start list.

    Another RDCer, Geo, is racing as well. It looks like he had a tough stage or two but is still running at least.
     
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  13. mattj112

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    PH sport are link to Peugeot/Citroen sport. PH sport & Al Qassimi did a deal with factory Peugeot team to buy all the last years Peugeot 3008s of which they are available for rental . Romain Dumas rents one for dakar with private backing has well as being Porsche works LMP1 driver . PH sport also help Citroen sport to ran the Citroen rally program from late 90s.
     
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  14. Dirty Harry

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    Bryce had another knee surgery following the Mint 400 and had to drop out.


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    So now they have 7-8 2008s/3008s with only one customer so far. The Pugs are proven to be fast. I'm surprised PH hasn't had more customers. Maybe they priced them out of the market.

    I thought Dumas lost his Porsche factory ride?
     
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  16. ZequeArgentina

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    Incredibly Nasser rolled his hilux just about to finish with some 2 hour lead by that time and had to abandon!!!
    Unbelivable, or in fact, he is Nasser, he always drive at full, so should not be that surprinsing.

    Regarding Mark, he finished an impressive 6th!!!
    Regarding Geo, I saw he had full penalties in SS1, SS2 and SS3, not starting last two stages.
    I understand those full time penalties mean he did not finish those 3 stages
     
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  18. Desert Dog

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    Bit late, but here is the full video clip for the ADDC 2017.

     
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