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Ha'il Rally - Saudi Arabia - 13 to 18 Jan 2018

Desert Dog

Dakar Finisher
#1
This is supposed to be an 'international rally' and may not be of interest to everyone, but the RG / Yazeed Hummer is racing.

This is actually a huge event for Saudi and with the advent of allowing women to drive, will grow.

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13th HA’IL NISSAN INTERNATIONAL RALLY – January 13-18, 2018

For immediate release
Sunday, January 14th, 2018

13TH HA’IL NISSAN INTERNATIONAL RALLY GETS UNDERWAY ON MONDAY AFTERNOON

· 46 teams set for four-day battle across Saudi Arabia’s An Nafud desert

HA’IL (Saudi Arabia): The 13th Ha’il Nissan International Rally fires into life with a 3.87km super special stage at Mashar, 5.5km from the official start in Ha’il, from 16.35hrs on Monday afternoon.

An impressive field of 46 cars will tackle the four-day event being organised by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).

Nissans dominate the entry list and 25 entrants will drive cars built by the Japanese manufacturer. The top seeds are Faris Khalaf Al-Mashna and Saud Nasser Al-Tamimi in their Nissan Patrol. Al-Mashna won the event last year and is out to join Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Yazeed Al-Rajhi as a multiple winner of the event in the car category. The event entered the international motor sporting calendar for the first time in 2007 after running as a club event the previous year.

Al-Mashna faces competition in the T1 category from the likes of Ibrahim Al-Muhanna, Mutair Abdullah Al-Shammeri, Ahmed Al-Shuhail, Al-Mashna Al-Shammeri and Essa Al-Dossari.

The battle for supremacy in the T2 category is also likely to be tense. Yasir Saeidan brings his FIA World Cup experience to his home event in a diesel-engined Toyota Land Cruiser with UAE co-driver Arif Yousef Mohammed and faces the likes of Ahmed Al-Shegawi and his Russian navigator Alexei Kuzmich in their Toyota and Muneef Al-Salmani in his Nissan Saudi Arabia-backed Patrol.

Other T2 runners include Khalid Al-Hamzani, Saeed Al-Mouri, Khalid Al-Otaibi and Yousef Al-Suwaidi.

The T3 section is also well-supported on this occasion and 11 teams will take part in this increasingly popular category for the Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha brands. Bader Al-Tuwaijri, Zakaria Al-Tuwaijri and Fahad Nasser Al-Naeem lead the Polaris challenge and Majed Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri wheels out his Yamaha. The likes of Khaleel Abdulrahman Al-Tuwaijri, Sami Al-Ghafari and Saleh Al-Saif represent the Can-Am brand.

The Ha’il Nissan International Rally is being staged under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Ha’il, President of the Supreme Commission for Ha’il Development and the Head of the Supreme Commission of the Ha’il Rally.
 

Desert Dog

Dakar Finisher
#2
For immediate release
Monday, January 15th, 2018

CAN-AM’S SALEH ABDULLAH AL-SAIF TAKES SURPRISE EARLY LEAD IN HA’IL NISSAN RALLY

· Saudi’s Essa Al-Dossari holds second and leads T1 in new Nissan Navara
· Yasir Saiedan on top in T2; massive delays for Saleh Al-Abdulaali’s Hummer

HA’IL (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi Arabian Can-Am crew of Saleh Abdullah Al-Saif and Abdulsalem Al-Shammeri were the surprise leaders of the Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally, after the opening 3.87km super special stage at Mashar on Monday afternoon.

They headed the Saudi driver Essa Al-Dossari and his Emirati navigator Ali Hassan Obaid by just 0.7 seconds. Driving his South African-built Nissan Navara through a new ED Racing Team, Al-Dossari carded a time of 3min 15.7sec and that was 4.8 seconds faster than that set by Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri and that enabled the Nissan driver to head the T1 runners at the overnight halt.

Yasir Saeidan, the current FIA World Cup T2 champion, was fifth overall and first in T2 in his diesel-engined Toyota Land Cruiser. Reigning Saudi T2 champion Muneef Al-Salmani was ninth overall in his Nissan Patrol, while former event winner Ibrahim Al-Muhanna rounded off the top 20 in his Nissan.

Saleh Abdullah Al-Abdulaali wheeled out the Hummer that Yazeed Al-Rajhi has used on two occasions to snatch victory, but the young Saudi sustained mechanical problems in the stage and dropped 29 minutes to the day’s winner.

Forty-two crews eventually took the start on the event laid on by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). They were joined on the entry list by two motorcycles and four quads.

The Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally is being staged under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Ha’il, President of the Supreme Commission for Ha’il Development and the Head of the Supreme Commission of the Ha’il Rally.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the first of three selective sections through the An Nafud desert starts and finishes at Baqa’a and runs for 189.69km.

13th Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally - positions after SS1:
1. Saleh Abdullah Al-Saif (SAU)/Abdulsalem Al-Shammeri (SAU) Can-Am 3min 15.0sec
2. Essa Al-Dossari (SAU)/Ali Hassan Obaid (ARE) Nissan Patrol 3min 15.7sec
3. Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri (SAU)/Muath Ababtain (SAU) Toyota Land Cruiser 3min 20.5sec
4. Khaleel Abdulrahman Al-Tuwaijri (SAU)/Waleed Al-Tuwaijri (SAU) Can-Am 3min 23.2sec
5. Yasir Saeidan (SAU)/Arif Yousef Mohammed (ARE) Toyota Land Cruiser 3min 24.8sec
6. Bader Al-Tuwaijri (SAU)/Bander Al-Sagri (SAU) Polaris 3min 25.9sec
7. Khalid Ahmed Al-Furaihi (SAU)/Ali Mirza (ARE) Nissan 3min 26.9aec
8. Sami Ibrahim Al-Gafari (SAU)/Ibrahim Al-Muhimed (SAU) Can-Am 3min 27.4sec
9. Muneef Al-Salmani (SAU)/Ali Al-Saiyari (SAU) Nissan Patrol 3min 27.7sec
10. Faris Khalaf Al-Mashna (SAU)/Saud Al-Tamimi (SAU) Nissan Patrol 3min 29.1sec
11. Muteb Saud Al-Qnoon (SAU)/Abdullah Al-Qnoon (SAU) Nissan 3min 29.5sec
12. Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Qashami (SAU)/Omar Al-Lahim (SAU) Nissan 3min 32.2sec
13. Salman Al-Mshaan (SAU)/Nawaf Al-Onazi (ARE) Toyota Land Cruiser 3min 32.4sec
14. Ahmed Al-Shuhail (SAU)/Rasheed Al-Shammeri (SAU) Nissan Patrol 3min 33.4sec
15. Yousef Al-Suweidi (SAU)/Ziad Al-Harbi (SAU) Nissan Patrol 3min 34.4sec
16. Saeed Al-Mouri (SAU)/Hakam Rabie (EGY) Nissan Patrol 3min 34.6sec
17. Khalaf Saleh Al-Jouan (SAU)/Jouan Saleh Al-Jouan (SAU) Toyota Land Cruiser 3min 34.9sec
18. Al-Mashna Al-Shammeri (SAU)/Murdi Mutair Al-Shammeri (SAU) Nissan 3min 36.1sec
19. Muteb Saud Al-Shammeri (SAU)/Tariq Saleh Al-Rammah (SAU) Nissan 3min 36.9sec
20. Ibrahim Al-Muhanna (SAU)/Osama Al-Sanad (SAU) Nissan Patrol 3min 37.2sec

Ends

Follow the results live:
Hail Rally 2018 LIVE
 

Desert Dog

Dakar Finisher
#9
For immediate release
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

SAMAI TALAB AL-SHAMMERI SNATCHES HA’IL NISSAN RALLY LEAD AFTER OPENING DESERT STAGE

· Saudi’s Essa Al-Dossari maintains second place; T2 lead for Al-Saeedi
· Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri sidelined after crash; Yasir Saeidan delayed on stage

HA’IL (Saudi Arabia): Samai Talab Al-Shammeri and navigator Abdullah Mutar Al-Shammeri guided their Nissan Patrol to an unofficial 4min 44sec lead after the first of three desert selective sections at the Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally on Tuesday.

The local driver clocked an unofficial time of 2hrs 20min 06sec and that was sufficient to beat overnight T1 leader Essa Al-Dossari in his ED Racing Nissan Navara.

The pair were the class of a field that was completely dominated by Nissan drivers. Nine of the top 10 positions were held by the Japanese manufacturer: Ahmed Abdulah Al-Shuhail held third and Meshal Abdulaziz Al-Saeedi and Khalid Abdullah Al-Shammeri rounded off the top five. Al-Saeedi also headed the T2 runners.

ATVs had been inside the top 10 and held the overall advantage after the super special stage, but the desert terrain was not ideally suited to these lightweight, lower powered vehicles and Talal Al-Thukair led the way in 10th overall with his Can-Am.

Muneef Al-Salmani held 11th position and fifth in T2 in his Nissan Patrol – the Hero of All-Terrains. He is running the ex-Emil Khneisser car that is supported by Nissan Saudi Arabia.

Saleh Abdullah Al-Abdulaali was not able to start the stage in his ex-Al-Rajhi Hummer, while a spectacular crash hospitalised the Toyota Land Cruiser crew of Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri and Muath Ababtain. They had been third overall at the start of the day, but were not seriously injured.

Technical issues also plagued the current FIA World Cup T2 champion Yasir Saeidan, Rida Lafi Al-Shammeri and Rajeh Farhan Al-Shammeri.

The Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally is being staged under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Ha’il, President of the Supreme Commission for Ha’il Development and the Head of the Supreme Commission of the Ha’il Rally.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), officials at the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) have laid on a daunting selective section of 351.01km. This starts out of Radifah, 59.93km from Ha’il, at 08.40hrs and finishes in Umm Al-Qulban.

13th Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally - positions after SS2 (unofficial – 13.24hrs):
1. Samai Talab Al-Shammeri (SAU)/Abdullah Mutar Al-Shammei (SAU) Nissan 2hrs 23min 49sec
2. Essa Al-Dossari (SAU)/Ali Hassan Obaid (ARE) Nissan Patrol 2hrs 28min 33sec
3. Ahmed Al-Shuhail (SAU)/Rasheed Al-Shammeri (SAU) Nissan Patrol 2hrs 36min 52sec
4. Meshaal Al-Saeedi (SAU)/Abdulhaleem Al-Bosaeedi (OMN) Nissan 2hrs 37min 11sec
5. Khalid Al-Shammeri (SAU)/Hani Munif Al-Shammeri (SAU) Nissan 2hrs 39min 58sec
6. Mutair Abdullah Al-Shammeri (SAU)/Raed Al-Assaf (SAU) Nissan 2hrs 41min 40sec
7. Ahmed Al-Shegawi (SAU)/Alexei Kuzmich (RUS) Nissan Patrol 2hrs 43min 09sec
8. Ahmed Al-Shuhail (SAU)/Rasheed Al-Shammeri (SAU) Nissan Patrol 2hrs 45min 03sec
9. Muteb Saud Al-Qnoon (SAU)/Abdullah Al-Qnoon (SAU) Nissan 2hrs 45min 45sec
10. Talal Al-Thukair (SAU)/Saleh Al-Shebanah (SAU) Can-Am 2hrs 46min 10sec

Ends

Follow the results live: http://www.chronomoto.hu/livetiming/hailrally/
 

GEO_DXB

Well-Known Member
#11
Do Nismo operate a semi or works off road factory anywhere in the Middle East? Nissan might look to leverage brand loyalty in some manner?
No, but Nissan Patrol Y61 and Y62 along with Toyota Landcruisers are the most popular SUV and some of the most popular vehicles. Y61s are real desert vehicles and popular among offroaders and racers. Saudis use a lot of Y61 pickups modified to T1 regs (or what they believe to be T1). Nissan has no real race program in the region - they supported Emil Khneisser in Y62 T2 spec car through a dealership in Abu Dhabi, but Emil was actually working for the company and hence could negotiate a small deal. They now have the same car backed up by Nissan Saudi Arabia - it is the leading T2 at the moment in Hail.


Edit - they dont need to do any marketing to sell Patrols. When the new Y61s came out this year I wanted to buy one. Not a single car was available at the dealers - all sold out right away for a few months. Grey imports were available at around 10k USD more and were nearly sold out. Basically the whole region was built with the help of Landcruisers and Patrols.
 

Dirty Harry

Well-Known Member
#14
Essa Al-Dossari and his brand new SA built Nissan Navarra took the win on the longest stage of the event and now lead by 15 minutes going into the final stage tomorrow.
Dan doesn’t care about the Humbuggy when there is a Nissan winning stages!
 
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