ABU DHABI RALLY ACES SET FOR THRILLING DESERT DUET

ABU DHABI RALLY ACES SET FOR THRILLING DESERT DUET

004 MERC Champion Sheikh Khaled Al Qassimi is hoping to emulate his success in Jordan

Abu Dhabi, March 28th, 2010: A twin-pronged Abu Dhabi rally campaign will take to Jordan’s desert terrain this week as both the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) and FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) roar around the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley. The proximity of Jordan to their home base makes this rally a priority for the five Team Abu Dhabi rally stars who fly the flag for Abu Dhabi’s expanding motorsport programme.

Meanwhile the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will be looking to maintain its current position at the top of the 2010 WRC Manufacturer’s Championship table in this third WRC round.

Hot off the tracks from his win at MERC event, Rally Kuwait, Team Abu Dhabi driver and former 2004 MERC Champion Sheikh Khaled Al Qassimi is hoping to emulate his success in Jordan.  Al Qassimi’s original entry into Jordan Rally was in the WRC with his BP Ford Abu Dhabi team mates, but after impressive MERC performances that have him in joint leadership, he is now focusing on the 2010 Drivers’ Championship and building upon his status as the UAE’s most successful rally driver to date.

“My focal point for 2010 is now to challenge for the MERC title,” commented Al Qassimi.  “My co-driver Michael and I won at Rally Kuwait, and led at Rally Qatar before punctures forced us to retire, and I feel that we are in a strong position to go for a win in Jordan. We have a busy schedule, including all the MERC rallies and nine rounds of the WRC, but it is all vital to my continuing development as a driver and providing Abu Dhabi with the results its support and investment deserve.”

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) backed World Rally Team, BP Ford Abu Dhabi is also looking for a championship win as it heads to the Middle East aiming to increase the lead on closest rivals Citroën. Lead driver, Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen, last competed at Jordan Rally in 2008 to great success, claiming first place amid the desert sand dunes and dusty gravel tracks he excels on.

The rock-strewn stages are a challenge that Hirvonen is anxious to take on. “Jordan can be difficult, there are a lot of crests and hills and nothing to define the edge of the road.  We will have to make sure that our distances after crests and corners are very precise,” he said.

Meanwhile, returning to the MERC for the first time since their February 2010 debut, the other four Team Abu Dhabi drivers, and members of the ADTA Junior Driver Development Programme, will join Al Qassimi on the familiar desert stages. The four up-and-coming Emirati rally stars will be giving their local fan base everything to cheer for as they attempt to excel across the testing hills and unmarked stages that typify rallying in the Middle East.

Jordan Rally is the closet that Al Qassimi and fellow Team Abu Dhabi drivers have to a home rally on the WRC circuit in 2010, but hopes are high that this will change in the future with the addition of an inaugural rally in Abu Dhabi, for which a candidate event – Rally Abu Dhabi – is being held towards the end of this year.

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Jos was better compared to Michael, but he didnt had the sponsors. Bless for Michael.

Guiding his son the the top of the podium.... somewhere he has never been

Quite a family legacy. I am glad there have been so many safety improvements

Harrison Taylor I remember it well I saw the helmet at Silverstone one year it was black !!!.

Jos was a great talent. Too bad it never really came out.

Love hearing these 90s racers on the podcast Tom. More of this please! Panis or Frentzen soon hopefully!

His biggest contribution to F1 is that fire and his son.

always amazed me how he didnt sustain any injury from this...

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They removed the safety valve for the fuel which allowed it to refuel quicker but more dangerously I remembered at the time. There was a lot of controversy that season with Benetton though.

I'd rather have refueling in F1 than DRS. (Not because of fire) those races were so tactical and fun to watch.

But the guy at 0.29, with the small water spray bottle? wow what nerds, so fast and accurate to turn off the fire from his mate!

At least max is not likely to endure the same situation, safety has thankfully come a long way forwards.

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I remember that day. I got scary. The drive was Verstapen... We thought he had died.

He's very lucky. After this horrific accident he's alive and without any scar! Sometimes I just can't believe how lucky are those people who survived this kind of accidents.

The whole crew bolted leaving Verstappen to burn in hell. Every man for himself, I guess.

it's amazing to hear that he was fine with the mistake that his team made it because who know what happen next and as he said racing is dangerous

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Loved how he waved all the pit crew away.

"Check your MFD for a new strategy option"

"Are you alright?" "Engine off, engine off"

Hahah Verstappen.. He sucked for the whole career and has the freedom of speech

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Happy memories,back when f1 had interest,and an Alonso fighting with a much slower car for tittles till the last races and claiming amazing victories.

2010 was such a great season.

Good luck Mr.Vettel in 2019! Keep going to Singapure! Regain your peace of mind,and keep going to win!

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Amazing. Vettel had a faster car but Alonso had pole, victory, and fastest lap in that race, hat trick

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Case and point that Alonso was not as great as everyone pipes on about he was leading the championship at this point the bottled it

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What a nerves of steel by Alonso! Fighting with Vettel who just sits on your back with a less than second time lost was wonderful. Sometimes I wish I could have those nerves

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I miss Alonso in F1 already

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Classic Fernando we miss you

Who's car was that at the start-finish line blown up? 😂😂

Sad to see Alonsos only legitimate title shots w/ Ferrari (at his prime) end in tears. When Vettel himself keeps dropping the ball (2017,2018.)

Look at Alonso start. He closes on Vettel much more than Vettel did on Verstappen in 2017. Vettel was just unlucky in that situation. He couldn't know Raikkonen was also there.

Still can’t believe how Ferrari with such great drivers as Alonso and Vettel hasn’t won a championship for such a long time.

Nope September 2010 Vettel was not yet champion.

Missing Alonso 💔

Alonso next year!!!!! ♥️

When Ferrari had great drivers

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Throwing it back to the 2010 #AragonGP race 🏁

Watch the final #MotoGP laps as Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden- The Kentucky Kid fought for a place on the podium! ⚔️
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Nicky was a great guy, ride in heaven!❤️ I miss Casey in MotoGp too, his talent was quite extraordinary, a once in a generation genius!

69 will always be a legend. 58 just coming into view at the end of the video too. Two great riders gone but not forgotten.

Truly missed Nicky Hayden one of the best

Miss you, ride from Kentucky.

The legend Nicky Hayden. We all still miss you brother

R.i.p nicky!

Always breaks my heart 💔

God I still miss Nicky, still incredibly painful. Doesn't seem real even now. .. I'll never forget him, that's for sure.

Those were the days, for sure. RIP 69!

When Ducatis were beautiful 😕

Hayden miss you...rip

I really miss him..😭😭😭💔💔6⃣9⃣

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Only the last bit was 69 & 99

What a fantastic move !!! Grande Nicky !!!!!!

we miss u Nicky 😪😪😪 69

Ride in Heaven, Nicky Hayden

Gavin Emmett as commentator 👍 Here Lorenzo uses Tomizawa's helmet paint scheme as he was dead in the previous GP at Misano

Ánimo Jorgito buena vibra 🤙🏻

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Miss you nick

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Σας γλέντησε ο γιατρός πάλι 6η θέση 😹😹

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And the WINNER goes to VALENTINO again 😎 Congratulations 🎊👏🏆

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Iannone best overtake !!! 2 in a row ✌🏻

Modern day gladiators!!!!!

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MM getting beaten up 🤣🤣👍

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An 1 king no93😉😉

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