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


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Sealine Rally Qatar: Al Mutaiwei - "This event is like a piece of clean paper".





Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei will be aiming to continue his successful return to cross-country rallying at next week’s "Sealine Cross-Country Rally", Qatar’s new third round of the 2012 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallys.

Since announcing his return to top flight competition after a seven-year absence at a press conference in Beirut in February, Al-Mutaiwei and German co-driver Andreas Schulz have taken seventh overall in the Italian Baja and a superb second position in the recent Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge at the wheel of their Fazza Rally Team Mini All4 Racing.

Those two excellent performances, which would have been even better had it not been for a couple of technical problems and a delay in the sand dunes in the UAE, have catapulted the Dubai driver into second position in the points’ standings for the FIA World Cup Drivers’ Championship that the Emirati won back in 2004. He currently lies 24 points behind series leader Jean-Louis Schlesser of France.

"This is going to be my third event in the World Cup and it is also very important because maximum points are at stake," said Al-Mutaiwei, who is part of a three-car X-raid team taking part in the Sealine Cross-Country Rally.

"The event is like a piece of clean paper for most of us. But, I know from previous visits to Qatar that the terrain is very difficult and demanding and the event will not be easy. Punctures could be a problem and I must be fast and cautious not to make a mistake. I am still learning about the car and the team, but I will do my best and I hope that luck will be on my side this time."

Al-Mutaiwei faces fierce competition from the strongest field to grace an FIA World Cup entry list for several years. Many of the leading Dakar protagonists are present and leading drivers have entered from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, the Ukraine, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Argentina, Portugal and Kuwait.

Co-drivers from Lebanon, Belgium, Germany, Jordan and Egypt have boosted the international flavour of the first event of its kind to be run by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF).

International teams will go through scrutineering checks in Doha on Monday (April 16th), prior to the ceremonial start in the afternoon. There will be a timed super special stage on Tuesday (April 17th) and the first of four desert legs of the new Sealine Cross-Country Rally begins on Wednesday (April 18th) Action draws to a close on Saturday, April 21st.

2012 FIA World Cup Drivers’ Championship after round 2

01. Jean Louis Schlesser (FRA) 72 pts
02. Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei (UAE) 48 pts
03. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) 34 pts
03. Yayha Al-Helai (UAE) 34 pts
05. Patrick Sireyjol (FRA) 32 pts
06. Peter van Merksteijn (NLD) 21 pts
06. Ilya Kusnetsov (RUS) 21 pts
08. Reinaldo Varela (BRA) 18 pts
09. Bogdan Novytskyi (UKR) 16 pts
09. Matar Al-Mansoori (UAE) 16 pts, etc.

2012/04/13 | 12:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/HS/PERKINS











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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 |




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




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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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