DUBAI: Reigning FIA World Cup champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah produced a first leg master class to take control in the Dubai International Baja while French rider Benjamin Melot grabbed the lead in the bikes contest.
Partnered by French co-driver Mathieu Baumel in a Toyota Hilux, Nasser powered his way into a lead of 6 mins 12 seconds after the day’s two stages from the UAE’s Shaikh Khalid Al Qassimi and Khalid Al Kendi in their Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 DKR.
Former Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge quads champion Mohamed Issa Abu Issa of Qatar finished the stage another 6 mins 52 secs away in third place in a Mini All4 Racing in the second round of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.
In the production cars class, young Emirati driver Mansour Al Helei in an Abu Dhabi Racing Land Cruiser had carved out a 5 mins 34 secs lead from the Nissan Patrol of UAE-based Emil Khneisser.
Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Seaidan in another Land Cruiser was 2 mins 40 secs further away in third, with reigning FIA World Cup T2 champion Adel Hussain Abdulla of Qatar fourth in another Nissan Patrol.
At the end of two AW Rostamani Arabian Automobiles stages adding up to 174kms, the UAE’s Mohammed Al Shamsi topped the quads standings on his Yahama 700 Raptor by 1min 20secs from Kuwaiti Fahad Al Musallam on another Yamaha. The UAE’s Humaid Al Mashghouni was another 6 mins 32 secs away in third place on a Honda. Press Release