Baja: Emirati trio under pressure this weekend in Emirates Desert Championship
Dubai, UAE, 13 November, 2014: The three Emiratis setting the pace in the Emirates Desert Championship all come under more pressure again tomorrow (Friday) when another big line-up of drivers and riders tackle the third round of the national Baja rally series.
Defending cars champion Ahmed Al Fahim carries a slender three-point lead into the short course event taking place in the Dubai desert at Lasaili, with the support of Skydive Dubai, with second round winner Ahmad Al Maqoodi among the chasing pack and looking for a second successive victory.
Leading the overall bikes category by a single point, multiple Arab moto cross champion Mohammed Al Balooshi knows he cannot afford any mistakes if he is to give himself some more breathing space from Kuwaiti challenger Mohmmed Jaffar in second place.
While the UAE’s Humaid Al Mashghouni has an eight-point advantage over British rider Alex MacFarlane in the battle of the quads, he too could face a tough time when the third of six rounds of the Emirates Desert Championship gets under way at 9am.
Another action-packed event is on the cards, with 123 riders and drivers entered for the third round of the series, which is organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and the Emirates Motor Sport Federation (EMSF), with TAG Heuer Middle East as the official timekeeper and founding partner.
“We have a lot of competition in the cars, bikes and quads and the championship is developing into a very interesting series, with everything to compete for as we reach the half way point,” said ATCAE and EMSF President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“I would like to thank Skydive Dubai for their support in staging this round and we look forward to developing our working relationship with government and private entities to ensure that the championship continues to go from strength to strength.”
Joining the fiercely competitive bikes category are the father and son combination of Simon and Llewelyn Pavey who are familiar faces in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and stop off in Dubai en-route from Dakar Rally training in Australia.
Emirates Desert Championship 2014-15 standings after 2nd Round:
1. Ahmed Al Fahim (UAE) Polaris 40pts
2. Chris Jackson (GB) Can AM 37pts
3. Graeme Rose (GB) Polaris 36pts
4. Emil Kneisser (Leb) Nissan 34pts
5. Ahmad Al Maqoodi (UAE) Polaris 25pts
6. Mansour Al Helei (UAE) Nissan 22pts
1. Mohammed Al Balooshi (UAE) KTM 45pts
2. Mohammed Jaffar (KWT) KTM 44pts
3. Mark Grams (D) Honda 32pts
4. Saeed Al Shenqiti (UAE) KTM 29pts
5. Mark Ackerman (SA) Husqvarna 28pts
6. Jake Shipton (GB) KTM 25pts
1. Humaid Al Mashghouni (UAE) Honda 45pts
2. Alex MacFarlane (GB) KTM 37pts
3. Sebastian Husseini (NED) Yamaha 36pts
4. Colin Mercer (GB) Honda 33pts
5. Colin Wilken (SA) 28pts
6. Mohammed Al Shamsi (UAE) Yamaha 25pts