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Al Wahaibi prepares for his comeback at the Dubai rally

By staff - Mon Nov 21, 2:57 pm

Hamed Al Wahaibi, one of the fastest Arab rally drivers of all time, is set to make a return in two weeks, when he tackles the Dubai International Rally.

Al Wahaibi has teamed with the Ulster-based driver Allan Harryman to compete in two national-status events, in Oman and in Dubai, the final round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. “Obviously, I have been out of action for some time and want to feel my way back in,” Al Wahaibi said. “I am very happy with the car. All is well and we are progressing nicely.”

The final UAE National Race Day of the calendar year at Dubai Autodrome takes place today with a varied menu of races, including round four of the Motorcity UAE Sportbikes, round three of the NGK UAE GT Championship, round three of the Formula Gulf 1000 and the season-opening race for the Suzuki Swift Cup.

Elsewhere, Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah teams up with the 2010 Dakar-winning co-driver Lucas Cruz Senra, from Spain, for the Qatar International Baja, which starts today.

Taking a break from his quest to win back his FIA Middle East Rally Championship title and finalising his move to World Rally Championship outfit Citreon for 2012, Al Attiyah is hoping to win his third Qatar Baja in different cars and with three different co-drivers.

Dubai’s Sheikh Suhail bin Khalifa will drive a powerful Land Rover 110, and the young Emirati Mansoor Al Helai hopes to follow in his father Yahya’s footsteps and become one of the leading off-road drivers in the Middle East.
In the motorcycle and quad category, Mohammed Balooshi, who in January will become the first Arab to ride in the Dakar Rally, heads the field of motorcycles in the Open class on his KTM 530 EXC.

* Agency

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