Dubai: Victory for Przygonski and Balooshi in Dubai International Baja

Dubai: Victory for Przygonski and Balooshi in Dubai International Baja

Dubai, UAE, 10 March, 2018:  Polish driver Jakub Przygonski battled his way to victory in the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani today as top UAE rider Mohammed Al Balooshi claimed his first World Cup bikes triumph to climax two days of classic cross country rallying.

Partnered by Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul in a Mini John Cooper, overnight leader Przygonski completed the second leg’s 174 km Nissan special stage to secure the cars title with a winning margin of 4mins 8 secs from Russians Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov in another Mini.

Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Hamed Seaidan with Russian co-driver Aleksei Kuzmich finished third another 1 min 32 secs away in their Toyota Hilux.

Winner of the Bikes Title UAE’s Mohammed Al Balooshi

But they were all beaten on the day by the UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi who forgot the mechanical failure which dropped him from contention 24 hours earlier to set the fastest time on the Nissan stage alongside French co-driver Xavier Panseri in their Peugeot Abu Dhabi Racing Team 3008 DKR.

Fastest today in the bikes, Balooshi powered his KTM to the Dubai Baja crown by 2mins 56 secs from UAE-based French rider Benjamin Melot who finished runner up for the second year in a row, but it was a tense second leg for the Emirati star.

Lying fourth overnight, he benefitted from the retirements of the first leg’s top two, South African Aaron Mare and Kuwait’s Mohammed Jaffar, but had a nervous ride to the finish, unsure whether he had enough fuel to complete the stage. It was a great day all round for Balooshi, as his younger brother Sultan took the third podium place.

Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Al Sheghawi accompanied by French co-driver Laurent Lichtleuchter in a Toyota Landcruiser landed victory in the T2 production cars class.

Meanwhile, the French pairing of Graham Knight and David Watson won the buggies title in their Polaris RZR 1000 while Kuwait’s Fahad Al Musallam repeated last year’s quads triumph on a Yamaha 700 Raptor. Andreas Borgmann topped the national buggies class in a CAN-AM Maverick X3.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE and Emirates Motor Sport Federation, and FIA Vice President for Sport, said: “This is a young event but it’s already pointing the way forward for rallying in the UAE and the Middle East, and we’re confident that it will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”

Przygonski, runner up in last year’s FIA World Cup series, completed the Nissan special stage to say: “It was a really good stage. I kept pushing and pushing to stay ahead. The terrain was good, navigation was good. I’m very happy.”

Saudi Seaidan reported: “It was an exciting stage today but it was stressful. I had to constantly battle Vasilyev to make up time against him but I’m extremely happy to come out on top and cross the line before him.”

Completing the top six in the cars category were Czechs Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek in a Ford F-150 Evo, the UAE’s Mansour Al Helei and Khalid Al Kendi in a Nissan Pick up and UAE-based Thomas Bell and Patrick McMurren in a Nissan Navara.

A relieved Balooshi reached the end of the Nissan stage to say: “I pushed really hard and didn’t give up throughout the last section. I felt there was some mix-up at the refuel with my team-mates, and I went the whole of the second part of the stage not knowing if I had enough fuel.”

Melot said: “It was really fast today. I had problems with the rear brake from early on and gear box problems as well. For the last 30km I was stuck in third gear. I’m happy to finish and happy to be healthy.”

Taking place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani was supported by the Government of Dubai, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the General Authority of Sports, Al Ain Water, Emarat and AssetCo. The Nissan Patrol is the official car for the event.

The focus of the cross country rally world now switches to the UAE capital for the 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN from 24-29 March. The event is the third round of the FIA World Cup series and first round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

Provisional results:

Cars

Jakub Przygonski / Tom Colsoul (POL / BEL) / MINI John Cooper 4:10.27
Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / RUS) / MINI Mini One 4:14.35
Yasir Hamed Seaidan / Aleksei Kuzmich (KSA / RUS) / Toyota Hilux 4:16.07
Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (CZE / CZE) / Ford F-150 Evo 4:46.03
Mansoor Al Helei / Khalid Al Kendi (ARE / ARE) / Nissan Pick up 4:48.52
Thomas Bell / Patrick McMurren (ARE / ARE) / Nissan Navara 4:58.10
Shameer Variawa / Zaheer Bodhanya (ARE / ZAF) / Nissan Navara 5:02.22
Luke Botha / Gerhardus Schutte (ZAF / ZAF) / Nissan Navara 5:19.28
Ahmed Al Sheghawi / L.Lichtleuchter (KSA / FRA) / Toyota Landcruiser 6:14.24
Graham Knight / David Watson (FRA / FRA) / Polaris RZR 1000 6:15.21

Bikes

Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) / KTM SX-F 450 3:58.39
Benjamin Melot (ARE) / KTM SX-F 450 4:01.35
Sultan Balooshi (ARE) / KTM SX-F 450 4:08.42
Manuel Lucchese (ITA) Yamaha 450 4:32.25
Richard Brewer (ARE) / YAMAHA YZ 450 FX 4:33.03
Shannon O’Connor (ARE) / KTM SX-F 450 4:35.14
Abdulla Bin Dakhan (ARE) / HUS QVARNA FX 450 4:43.26
Fahad Al Musallam (KWT) / YAMAHA Raptor 700 R 4:44.31
Joel Certano (ARE) / KTM EXC 500 4:47.20
Abdullah Shatti (KWT) / KTM SX-F 450 4:52.22


Report & Photos: Total Communications

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