GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share

Emirati rider Balooshi sets fastest time on leg and says rally route was best of his 21-year career

 
 
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17 November, 2019:  The UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi produced a storming second leg fightback to grab victory in the Abu Dhabi Baja today while South African rider Aaron Mare scored a convincing bikes win.
 
Partnered by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar, Al Qassimi won the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2, wiping out a first leg lead of almost six minutes by Saleh Al Saif in a CAN AM X3 to beat the Saudi driver by 1 mins 42 secs.
 
Andreas Borgmann took third placed and Dutchman Kees Koolen finished fourth, both also driving CAN AMs, with the UAE's Khaled Al Jafla in a Dunebike Armada and T2 winner Mohammed Al Naasani at the wheel of a Nissan Patrol rounding off the top six. Ahmed Barakat in a Nissan Patrol topped Group S. 
 
Overnight leader Mare, riding his official Honda team training bike for next year's Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, was fourth fastest on the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 but recorded an overall Motos victory by 1 min 44 secs from Kuwait's Mohammed Jaffar on a KTM.
 
Top UAE rider Mohammed Balooshi set the fastest time on today's stage to finish third overall, with veteran Dubai-based rider Dave McBride, Emirati Sultan Al Balooshi on a Kawazaki and Kuwait's Abdullah Al Shatti on a KTM completing the top six.
 
Al Qassimi reached the finish at the renowned Moreeb Dune to say: “I had a better feel today and was able to push a little more so we had good momentum. We lost some time when came up behind one of the bikes in the dunes, got stuck and had to deflate the tyres. But it was fantastic to be in Liwa again and I enjoyed the rally very much.”
Saleh, who won the UTV auto class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles, said at the end of the leg: 
“That was a really good day, a nice stage and I'm very happy with my result.”
 
First leg bikes winner Mare, one of the rising stars of international cross country rallying, said: “It was two good days of rallying and I really enjoyed the event. It was great training for me, especially as the route is similar to what we're going to find on the second week of the Dakar.”
 
Balooshi was full of praise for the new event, which was the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship. “That was amazing riding, great terrain, a great route,” he said. “The organisers really outdid themselves. It's the best route I've experienced in my 21 years of riding.”
 
Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club, the Abu Dhabi Baja was based at Moreeb Dune with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.
 
Provisional overall results - Autos
 
1. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (UAE/UK) / Peugeot 2008 DKR 3:26.13
2. Saleh Al Saif (KSA) / CAN AM X3 / T 3:27.55
3. Andreas Borgmann (UAE) / CAN AM Maverick X3 / T 3:42.00
4. Kees Koolen / Jurges Van Den Goorbergh (NL / NL) / CAN AM Maverick X3 / T 4:01.56
5. Khaled Al Jafla  (UAE) / Dunebike / Armada 4:55.32
6. Mohammed Al Naasani / Ammar Mokayed (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 5:42.37
7. Mansoor Parol / Imran Mahmood (UAE / UAE) / Toyota Prado 5:54,07
8. Ahmed Barakat / Amira Khalil (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 6:20.20
9. Thomas Bell / Patrick McMurren (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Navara 12:38.46
10. Ali Obaid / Rashed Obaid (UAE / UAE) / Toyota Tacoma 12:55.28
 
Provisional overall  – Motos
 
1. Aaron Mare (UAE) / Honda 450 Rally 1:15.06
2. Mohammed Jaffar (KWT) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:16.59
3. Mohammed Balooshi (UAE) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:19.56
4. Rashed Abdulla (UAE) / KTM 250 SX 1:21.08
5. David McBride (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:23.12
6. Sultan Al Balooshi (UAE) / Kawazaki KX 250 F 1:23.37
7. Abdullah Al Shatti (KWT) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:24.57
8. Richard Brewer (UAE) / Yamaha YZ 450 FX 1:27.08
9. Abdulla Abu Aisheh (JOR) / KTM 350 1:27.14
10. Abdulla Lanjawi (UAE) Kawazaki KX 250 F 1:30.05



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 4624 times
Posted on : Sunday, November 17, 2019  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Arabian Automobiles INFINITI Presents Best-in-Grade Offers
Next Story : Women's World Car of the Year 2019 winners announced at Dubai International Motor Show
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Chlo's Iconic Carlina Sunglasses In a Precious New Interpretation
Holiday Hair-Styling Essentials from VIERRO
Luxe Beauty Gifts for your Loved Ones this Festive Season
'Tis the Season to Be Glamorous - Beauty Essentials from GlamBeaute.com!
Arabic version of Zoho Creator launched to help businesses create custom applications
Homegrown Jewellery Brand Sumaya Bakkar Collections Curated Festive Gift List
Your Holiday Gift Guide for Her
Union Coop Pays Tribute to the Martyrs on Commemoration Day'
Berkan Steakhouse Launches in Dubai
ENEC Releases 'Tasamoh' a Rehabilitated Green Turtle and organizes Beach Cleanu...
China Homelife the Largest China Sourcing Platform Set to Showcase a Wide Variet...
Dubai Cares' Volunteers bring hope to children in remote village in Senegal
New year, New You with Lunette
Dubai Festival City Mall Visitors In for A Jolly Festive Season Like No Other in...
Uncovering the Beauty of Mechanics'
Cole Haan Makes Its Debut at Sole Dxb 2019 Showcasing Footwear Collaborations
Customs World inks MoU with Indonesia to roll out World Logistics Passport
Emotional and highly dynamic: the design of the MINI John Cooper Works GP.
The Middle East Organic Market's Premiere Business Event Opens In Dubai
Statement Cardigans
GROHE received the Red Dot: Brand of the Year
Free gold coins at Malabar Gold & Diamonds Festival.
Set Up Stylish Outdoor Spaces with 2XL Furniture & Home Dcor
Best Menswear Items
NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2017 graduate Alioune Fall named as 2021 Schwarzman Scholar
Annual DIAC Conference examines impact of UAE Arbitration Law
Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October
Hyundai's all-new 2020 Sonata now available in the UAE
Emiratis and expats set off to a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert
Lewis Hamilton Tops Off Sixth World Title With Victory at Formula 1 Etihad Airwa...
Information City concludes "Al Saada" initiative
World Muslim Communities Council hosts first International Youth Forum in Abu Dhabi
ENEC welcomes visit by senior Emiratis to headquarters in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Airports awards retail spaces at Midfield Terminal to Lulu Group
Truesteam Technology by Lg is Setting A New Standard for Hygiene
1247 Media joins du to offer free unlimited WiFi UAE data to RTA taxi users
Abu Dhabi Digital Authority's TAMM' initiative awarded with the Sheikh Salem Al...
Give a cat a loving home
EASA extends Part 145 certification of SriLankan Engineering
Reuben Kipyego and Vivian Kiplagat Win 2019 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon
Race Legend Back After Breaking Neck Sees More World Titles on the Way to Abu Dhabi
'Herman Miller and DIDI announce the winners of the Ergo Chair - Student Design...
DP World joins forces with Dubai Cares in giving a new facelift to Umm Al Qura S...
Federal Transport Authority inks MoU with International Maritime Organization in...
3rd Saudi Maritime Congress announced for March 2020
Pre-school launches initiative encouraging children to stay hydrated
Al Qemzi Claims Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Pole With Brilliant Surge
Arabian Automobiles INFINITI pledges the highest-quality certified pre-owned vehicles
Etisalat Misr tests 5G on commercial network with Ericsson