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Baja Qatar: Al-Attiyah fighting for third Qatar win - first time with Lucas Cruz.




The 2011 Qatar International Baja gets underway at the Sealine Beach Resort, south of Doha, on Friday morning. A bumper entry of cars, motorcycles and quads will tackle two days of competitive action in this new candidate event for inclusion in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

Taking a break from his quest to win back his FIA Middle East Rally Championship title and finalising his WRC programme for 2012, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah teams up with the 2010 Dakar-winning co-driver Lucas Cruz Senra from Spain, for the first time to start as the top seed in the car category in his German-built SAM Mercedes 35CC. The Qatari is relishing the prospect of winning his third Qatar Baja in different cars and with three different co-drivers.

Al-Attiyah has encyclopaedic knowledge of Qatar’s desert terrain and is the undoubted favourite for success provided that the new SAM Mercedes is reliable. "The SAM-Mercedes drive is a great opportunity for us to test the new car and give technical feedback to Sven Knorr and his team from Germany," said Al-Attiyah. "Maybe we will do another event with them in 2012, but I am confident that the car will be competitive."

The Qatari’s competition is evenly matched and includes a truly international field of entrants from the Ukraine, England, Wales, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Canada and Oman.

Vadym Nesterchuk leads the Ukrainian challenge in a Toyota Land Cruiser 200, Dubai’s Sheikh Suhail bin Khalifa Al-Maktoum wheels out a powerful Land River 110 and young Emirati Mansoor Al-Helai hopes to follow in his father Yayha’s footsteps and become one of the leading off-road drivers in the Middle East.

Al-Helai has numerous top five finishes to his name in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and was regularly the leading privateer driver behind the factory teams in the halcyon days of the Desert Challenge.

The international feel to the entry list is not lost on the motorcycle and quad categories either. Qatar’s Meshal Al-Emadi and Adel Hussein Abdulla top the starters in the respective categories in an entry list where the UAE, Australia, Germany, Italy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and England are all represented.

Mohammed Balooshi will become the first ever Arab to ride in the Dakar Rally in January and the Emirati heads the field of motorcycles in the Open class on his KTM 530 EXC. Turkey’s Kaan Bilgen and Germany’s Rico Langer offer the European challenge with their KTMs.

Other potential front-runners in the motorcycle cayegory include young Dubai-based British rider Sam Sunderland, Australia’s Justin Taylor, the UAE’s Khalid Al-Falasi and Italy’s Andrea Brunod. American rider Tonya Colson is the only female on the entry list at the helm of her KTM 450 EXC.

"I would like to wish all our competitors a safe and successful Qatar International Baja," said Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah, president of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF). "Our team has worked hard to arrange a demanding route, while placing an emphasis on safety for the competitors."

The ceremonial start will take place at the Sealine Beach Resort, Mesaieed, from 12:50 local time on Friday and will be followed by a 6.5 kilometer special stage at 14:15 local time.

Leg two consists of two special stages, starting with the 243.68 kilometers Al-Kharara section at 08:25 on Saturday morning and finishing with the 102.32 kms Khor Al-Odaid section, starting at 13:15. The finish ramp will take place adjacent to the parc ferme area at 15:30.

Leading starters ind the Cars Category

301) Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Lucas Cruz Senra (E) I SAM Mercedes 35 CC
302) Vadym Nesterchuk (UKR)/Laurent Lichtleuchter (FRA)) I Toyota Land Cruiser 200
303) Suhail bin Khalifa Al-Maktoum (UAE)/Wael Marjan (UAE)) I Land Rover 110
304) Nabil Al-Shamsi (UAE)/Arif Yousef Mohamed (UAE)) I Nissan Patrol
305) Mohammed Al-Mannai (QAT)/Nasser Sadoon Al-Kuwari (QAT)) I GMC
306) Mark Powell (GBR)/Quin Evans (GBR)) I Predator X-18S
307) Mansoor Al-Helai (UAE)/Ali Mirza (UAE)) I Nissan Patrol
308) Ibrahim Al-Mohana (KSA)/Osama Al-Sanad (KSA)) I Nissan Patrol
309) Ahmed Al-Qashawi (KSA)/Mohammed Al-Shami (KSA)) I Nissan Patrol

Leading starters ind the Bikes 450 Category

01) Meshal Al-Emadi (QAT) I Honda CRF 450X
02) Khalid Al-Falasi (UAE) I Yamaha WK 450
03) Sam Sunderland (GBR) I Honda CRF 450X
04) Justin Taylor (AUS) I Honda CRF 450X
05) Andrea Brunod (ITA) I Husqvarna TE449

Leading starters ind the Bikes Open Category

01) Mohammed Balooshi (UAE) I KTM 530 EXC
02) Kaan Bilgen (TRK) I KTM 530
03) Rico Langer (GER) I KTM 690

Leading starters ind the Quads Category

01) Adel Hussein Abdullah (QAT) I KTM XC 525
02) Dennis Nikitopoulos (AUS) I Yamaha Raptor 700
03) Nasser Hassan Al-Rabaan (QAT) I KTM 530
04) Obaid Al-Kitbi (UAE) I Honda TRX 700

2011/11/25 | 08:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PERKINS/GIUSY CONCINA


















Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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