Rally: Al Mutawaa to contest PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup with Abu Dhabi Racing

Rally: Al Mutawaa to contest PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup with Abu Dhabi Racing

Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Racing’s Junior Driver Mohamed Al Mutawaa has hailed the support and backing from his team as the youngster eyes for a solid debut at the PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup that gets under way at the end of the month.

The seven-round 2018 PEUGEOT Rally Cup will kick off on March 31 with the Rallye “Terre des Causses” on gravel before the second round is held on asphalt from May 18 to 20. The third round will be held from June 14 to 16 followed by the fourth from July 5 to 7 with the season ending with the “Rallye du Var” on asphalt from November 22 to 25.

Affectionately known as ‘Little Mo’ in the racing fraternity, the youngster will have Aaron Johnston as his new co-driver for this season. Al Mutawaa has displayed a sound pedigree for racing. Four years ago he made his debut as one of the most promising Emirati Rally drivers while winning the Middle East Rally Championship in the 2WD class.

He next moved was to the JWRC with support from Abu Dhabi Racing (ADR) under its Junior Rally Program for two seasons before turning his attention last year to the French Rally Championship where he won the last round.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Faisal Al Qassimi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Racing, was thrilled with the prospects before Al Mutawaa. “Mohamed is a persistent sportsman and deserves his seat in the PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup. It is time to put him in a challenge where he can compete with the best drivers in his age and have a real chance of moving to competition in higher categories,” Sheikh Khalid said.

“If Al Mutawa succeeds in winning the PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup Championship, his seat in a Citroën C3 R5 will be ready under the direct supervision of Citroën Racing at the French National Rally Championship. We wish him the best of luck,” he added.

The young Emirati driver was pleased to take on the challenges before him. “I would like to renew my thanks to the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Racing, Sheikh Khalid Bin Faisal Al Qassimi for his trust and for his continuous and invaluable support to my career. Last year, I signed off on the best of notes while winning the Rally Vaucluse – the final round of the French National Rally Championship, and that gave me a lot of confidence,” Al Mutawaa disclosed.

“Since then, I have been very confident in my abilities and have begun to think about what is coming up next. I think I will gain new experience with the PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup as I trust this can be a valuable addition to my experiences as a driver. The car is new, the stages are new and I’ll have a new co-driver [Aaron Johnston] next to me. I look forward to some testing now and preparations for the first rounds of the season where I hope to succeed in achieving outstanding results,” he added.

The 2018 PEUGEOT 208 Rally Cup is Peugeot Sport’s one-make trophy that is being organised within the framework of the FFSA French Rally Championship. Based on the PEUGEOT 208 R2, this hotly-disputed series is open to experienced and new drivers and teams alike.

Drivers aged less than 27 years old will be eligible for the top prize which will be a high-profile programme in a four-wheel drive car if they also come first in the overall standings. There is an additional motivation for drivers with the best-placed junior in the provisional order of Round 4 (Rallye du Rouergue) getting an invitation to attend the ERC Junior Experience programme.


March 30-April 1  Rallye Terre des Causses (gravel)

May 18-20  Rallye d’Antibes (asphalt)

June 14-16  Rallye Terre du Diois (gravel)

July 5-7  Rallye du Rouergue (asphalt)

September 6-8  Rallye du Mont Blanc (asphalt)

October 12-14  Rallye Terre des Cardabelles (gravel)

November 22- 25  Rallye du Var (asphalt)


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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

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I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

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Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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Get well soon Dovi !! ... See Less

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Great to see him challenged. He's an amazing talent but even the greatest talent on the grid with no opponents means a boring race.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

20pt is better than nothing mm93! Congrats..👍💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼..!!!

MM i Love you 💙

Say what you like about this guy, but he is a true professional with a passion for winning.

Love you #MM93💗

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Strong opponents make for a strong champion. Marquez has the strongest opponents since I'm watching Motogp. I saw Doohan competing against one, maybe two strong opponents. Rossi had quite the same, winning one or two championships with virtualy no strong opponents. Marc has world champions and some that are way stroger: Rossi, Lorenzo, Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Crutchlow. Lots of drivers can win races!

Hahahaha look at his face

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

He got schooled 😂😂

One of the best race ever

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........


Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Can't help but think if rear tyre had held up he would have disappeared

Won't be long till all the haters start gobbling some humble pie...please swallow slowly, don't want you to choke..we need you back next year!!!..

You see he is dissapointed!!! Not a way we see marquez much....

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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