Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: A bike event to see strong rivalry for the crown
Austrian KTM star Walkner, who won this year’s FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship with second place in Morocco last month, will be hoping to do better as the 2021 series draws to a close in the United Arab Emirates.
The Emirates Motorsports Organization on Tuesday announced the international entry list for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which kicks off next Saturday in the capital of the United Arab Emirates with the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies drivers’ title. stakes.
Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (61pts), who is aiming for a third success at the Desert Challenge, will face his last three title rivals in Al Rajhi (44pts), Argentinian Lucio Alvarez (42pts) and Russian Denis Krotov (37.5pts). ) in the penultimate round of the World Cup.
Al Attiyah, accompanied by Mathieu Baumel at the wheel of a Toyota Hilux, could also come under pressure from Poland’s 2018 World Cup drivers’ champion, Jakub Przygonski, at the wheel of a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.
Over the years, Yahya Al Helei has often outplayed some of the world’s top drivers in his home event, and the Emirati, remarkably, is entering his 30th consecutive Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge alongside Khalid Al Kendi in a Nissan Pickup.
While the final round of the World Cup remains in Saudi Arabia next month, two more FIA titles will be on the line at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, and rally founder Mohammed Bin Sulayem is planning another five days of racing. Very competitive action on the Al Dhafra desert stages.
“There is always a lot at stake in this event, and the fact that we have reached our 30th edition adds to the appeal of the rally,” said Bin Sulayem, president of the Emirates Motorsports Organization and vice-president of the FIA. for Sport. “It’s a momentous occasion for everyone involved, from the top competitors to the many volunteers who help make it happen.
The 30th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge takes place under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region.