(MENAFN Editorial) Lead by Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, the Abu Dhabi Citro«n World Rally Team journeys to Kuwait to compete in the 2nd round of the Middle East Rally Championship which runs between 20 “ 22nd March 2014. With only few days away, the heat is high with anticipation to see yet another victory for Sheikh Al Qassimi 4 years after he claimed the Kuwait International Rally title in 2010
Driving his Citro«n DS3 RRC (Regional Rally Car) Al Qassimi will be accompanied by renowned Co-driver Chris Patterson at Kuwait International Rally, which also witnesses this year the participation of "Abu Dhabi Racing- Citro«n Middle East Trophy" drivers on board their Citro«n DS3 R3, namely: Saeed Bintouq/Alan Hariman, Jumaa Al Falasi/John Higgins, Mansoor Yahya Belhelei/Khalid Alkendi, Mohamed Al Sahlawi/Craig Parry, and Mohammed Al Mutawaa/Stephan Mac Colly on board Citro«n DS3R R3 (2WD category)
"I competed in Kuwait International Rally 2010 and was able to claim the title; an accomplishment which I hope will be repeated this year with Citro«n", stated Sheikh Khalid bin Faisla Al Qassimi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Racing, and added: "We are working on few points related to modifying the cars together with Citro«n Racing, to best achieve the ideal setup to adapt with the various stages of Kuwait International Rally, and avoid last year's set back of the sort. The preliminary testing leading to the rally should provide us with hands on feedback we can use to fine tune the car's setup; surely, any setup is prone to adjustments during the race, depending on the results we score and the overall performance in each stage of the rally. I have complete confidence in the team, and I wish everyone a successful and safe rally"
Kuwait International Rally is organized by "Kuwait Motor Racing Club", and this year, the Rally Organizing Committee announced its decision to rename the rally's first stage held in the desert of Kuwait to carry the name of Middle East Rally Champion 2010, the late Misfer Al Marri/Qatar (may God have mercy upon him), and will be preceded by a minute of silence in respect of his memory before the rally officially starts on Thursday 20th March
"Regarding "Abu Dhabi Racing- Citro«n Middle East Trophy" drivers, I encourage them to continue learning and gaining experience" said Al Qassimi, and noted: "In my opinion, their performance in Qatar was very good, especially since Qatar International Rally is known for its rough and fast terrain, where on the other hand, Kuwait International Rally poses a technical challenge throughout its stages, with a number of manipulating curvatures sure to give them a different sense of attentiveness to handle the road than that in Qatar, and this in itself is an opportunity to help them build trust in their capabilities and that of totally controlling their cars".
Kuwait International Rally consists of 12 speed stages (6 stages daily), with 1st day stages (Friday 21st March): Misfer (13.46km), Kheiran (30.23km), Al-Zour (22.53km) “ 2nd day stages (Saturday 22nd March): Safir (13.76km), Bneider (17.36km), and Julai'a (12.81km). The Rally kicks-off with a Super Special Stage (SSS) over 1.80km which is held at Sirbb Circuit on Thursday 20th March at 6:00pm local time