MOHAMED Issa Abu Issa, looking to build on his impressive start after having made the big switch to cars from quad bikes, is another Qatari driver to watch out for in Dubai.
Mohamed Issa and his French co-driver Xavier Panseri will be seen behind the wheel of their Mini All 4 Racing in which they finished 10th at the Dakar Rally in January.
It was the Qatari’s debut in cars category after making the switch from quads, where he had established himself by securing victories in 2013 and 2015 at the Desert Challenge, the UAE’s other FIA World Cup cross-country event.
“Last year, I missed out on competing in the World Cup due to my military service commitments. I was also tied up with the launch of my fitness venture (OxFitness Lab at The Gate Mall). I’m determined to do well this time,” said Mohamed Issa.
The 26-year-old hopes to put his experience in the UAE deserts to good use in cars.
“While quad is the toughest discipline in terms of physical challenge, the goal in cross-country rallying involves competing in the car. This is the natural destination for any rider who has competed in other disciplines and an opportunity I’ve always waited for and I hope to do well,” he added.