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Ha´il Saudi Baja: Nasser Al Attiyah starts strong - Yazeed Al-Rajhi withdraws.




Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah starts as the firm favourite to win this week’s Saudi Arabia Ha’il Desert Challenge following the decision by local driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi to withdraw his entry within days of the start of the three-day FIA-sanctioned event, which takes place in the north-central region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting tomorrow (Tuesday).

Al-Rajhi had been scheduled to drive an Overdrive-prepared Nissan Navara in Saudi’s premier off-road event and attempt to win the race for the third time in as many years, but opted to cancel his entry in ‘respect for the Saudi people who had suffered in the floods in Jeddah’ in recent weeks. The Saudi driver also decided to donate the value of the cash prize for first overall to a charity set up to help those affected in the deluge.

This also tied in with a decision by His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz, Prince of the Ha’il region and chairman of the high commission for the development of Hail and chairman of the organising committee, to cancel an opening ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The event is being organised by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) under the patronage of HRH Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz and the Presidency of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Bandar Al-Faisal

The SAMF have attracted a strong entry nonetheless, although Saudi drivers dominate a field that also includes entrants from the UK, the UAE, Germany, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and France.

Al-Attiyah is the overwhelming favourite alongside German co-driver Timo Gottschalk in the factory Volkswagen Race Touareg in which the pair
triumphed in last month’s Dakar Rally. The Qatari claimed victory in the Ha’il event in 2008 at the wheel of an X-raid BMW X3 CC and will be hoping
to clinch his third victory of 2011, having won the Dakar with Volkswagen and last weekend’s Qatar International Rally in a Ford Fiesta S2000.

Mfadi Al-Shammeri heads the Saudi challenge in the absence of Al-Rajhi at the wheel of his Toyota Team Saudi Arabia FJ Cruiser. He is supported by a second dealer-backed Toyota for Saleh Al-Saleh and French co-driver Xavier Caminada. The Bakhashab Isuzu team fields a pair of D-max entries for Sami Al-Shammeri and Abdullah Al-Yaeesh. Other leading Saudis include Mtair Al-Shammeri, Farhan Al-Ghaleb, Saeed Al-Mouri and Rajih Al-Shammeri in a provisional 41-car field.

Additional international competitors include Oman’s Nizar Al-Shanfari in a Honda Buggy, England’s Dubai-based Mark Powell and Welsh co-driver Quin Evans in a Predator X 188 and Dubai-based Ian Barker and co-driver Ian Rodgers in a Nissan Patrol.

The experienced UAE Desert Challenge campaigner Yayha Al-Helai has entered with Abdulhaleem Bin Zaid in their Nissan Patrol, alongside UAE drivers Ali Hassain Obaid, Salim Rashid, Fadi Melki, Nabil Al-Shamsi, Saeed Al-Hameli and Matar Al-Mansoori. Kuwait is represented by Nasser Al-Ajmi.

Teams attended pre-race technical formalities at the Maghwat conference facility in Ha’il on Monday (February 7). Competitive action gets underway with a timed super special stage at 15.30hrs tomorrow (Tuesday, February 8). Legs two and three will run through the An Nafud desert to the north and west of Ha’il on Wednesday, February 9th and Thursday, February 10th.

2011/02/08 | 00:44 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PERKINS












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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 |




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