2/15/2017 7:05:12 AM

Adel wins appeal, emerges champion

Adel wins appeal, emerges champion

Qatar’s Adel Abdulla was belatedly crowned as the 2016 support category (T2) champion in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies after winning an appeal. 

Competing with the support of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation, the Nissan Patrol driver had finished second in the unofficial points’ standings behind Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saeidan in last year’s event. 

But Adel’s TOK Sport team protested the legality of his rival’s car at the Rally of Morocco in October and the plea was upheld at a recent FIA Court of Appeal. 

This meant Saeidan lost the points he scored at the event and Adel was eventually declared the FIA T2 world champion.

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