DEFENDING champion Adel Hussein Abdulla, in a Nissan Patrol, had to be content with a third-place finish in the support category (T2) of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in Dubai.
Local rider Mansoor Al Helai won the Dubai International Baja in a Toyota Land Cruiser while Lebanon’s Emil Khneisser, also in Nissan Patrol, finished second.
Adel and his French co-driver Sebastien Delaunay had technical problems on the penultimate day, and despite that, they pushed hard to end up on the podium.
“We had a technical problem and we couldn’t use the four-wheel drive in the correct way. When you’ve an issue like this at the start, it affects your ability to push. Still, I’m happy to have a podium finish,” said Adel.