The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint Coalition Forces Intercept and Destroy (4) Bomb-Laden UAVs Launched by the Terrorist, Iran-Backed Hourhi Militia Toward the Kingdom    COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council    IFC-led consortium funds building of new hospitals in North Africa    Agthia's Al Ain Water named most chosen beverage brand in the UAE    General Mills awarded Asia's Best Workplaces 2020 by Great Place to Work    Saudi leadership congratulates President Trump on US Independence Day    Central London re-enters top 20 most expensive cities in Europe    Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies aged 71    Bayern Munich Sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City    Hope Probe: Arab ambition to reach Mars    Barnier: Big differences remain in talks over future EU-UK ties    Russia Reports 6,718 New Coronavirus Infections    Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Supports Peace Options In Yemen    Weather Forecast For Friday    US, France support Saudi Arabia's positive role in Yemen    King appoints 13 women in Human Rights Commission Council    Dr. Hanan Balkhy: A global Saudi expert in antimicrobial resistance    Director of Islamic Center in Washington appreciates kingdom's decision on this year's Hajj    Over 25 babies born to coronavirus infected women in Madinah    Bahrain supports Saudi security and stability    Sainz reveals COVID-19 health fears as Formula 1 season gets set to start    Jordanian Army Chief Receives Iraqi Defense Minister    Saudi Arabia's 3,400 km charming coastlines beckon tourists    ‘Football industry will bounce back stronger from COVID-19'    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Issues Order to Extend Government Initiatives to Mitigate Coronavirus Impact on Economic Activities    Saudi Passports Director Inaugurates a Number of Virtual Training Programs    Saudi Payments Measures Helped Saudi Society Adapt to COVID-19    Asharqia Chamber Organizes a Meeting on Single Window Services (Fasah)    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Belarus on Independence Day    Saudi participation in conference of secretaries of members of soccer federations of West Asia    Al Qassimi hospital performs successful surgery on two-month-old baby    Certified Calligraphers Pedigree: New initiative for a comprehensive database    Jeddah school chains 300k+ bottle caps together to set Guinness World Record    Pogacar storms to Slovenian time-trial championships win    Complementary, Alternative Medicine Practicing 1st Manual Version Issued    AFC Commends Positive Steps to Resume Saudi Professional League and its Health Protocol Accuracy    Liverpool lifts Premier League title for first time in 30 years    Diriyah to Host Two Rounds of Formula E Racing next February    Actor Sushant found hanging in his Mumbai residence    Wives detect polygamy: Divorces up 30% in Saudi Arabia    Council of Senior Scholars advises old people to pray at home    Saudi Ithra center launches dialogue sessions with most famous creators in the world    SFDA Implements National Program to Ensure Safety of 10,000 Food Samples    Saudi Surgeon Managed to Remove Kuwaiti Girl's Brain Tumor, as French Physician Declined, in the last Moments    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses Citizens and Muslims on the Advent of Holy Month of Ramadan    Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Launches Awareness Message on Sacrifice Day    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Al-Attiyah, Sunderland extend lead
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 03 - 04 - 2017

QASR AL SARAB, UAE — Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Dubai-based Sam Sunderland extended their lead in the car and motorcycle categories by claiming victories through the opening 276.59km selective section of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan Sunday.

The stage started east of Arjan, south of Abu Dhabi, and finished north of the remote desert resort of Qasr Al-Sarab. Dakar Rally winner Sunderland started last on the road, claimed the win by just three seconds and holds an overnight advantage of just 5.7 seconds over the Chilean defending FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Pablo Quintanilla, riding his Husqvarna.

Kuwait's Mohammed Jaffar and Abu Dhabi's Mohammed Al-Balooshi reached the finish in eighth and ninth overall on their respective KTMs.

Al-Attiyah cruised to the stage win in the cars and his Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux now leads the event by 11in 35.1sec from Abu Dhabi Racing's Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi.

Russian Vladimir Vasilyev finished third in his X-raid Mini All4 Racing, Czech Miroslav Zapletal was fourth and fellow countryman Martin Prokop produced an impressive performance in his Ford to claim the fifth fastest time. Italian Eugenio Amos was a surprise sixth in the unofficial standings.

Kuwaiti Fahad Al-Musallam's advantage in the quad section was short-lived and the Kuwaiti slipped out of the top five in the quad category behind Poland's stage winning Kamil Wisniewski and Guatemala's Rodolfo Schippers. Italy's Camelia Liparoti produced a good performance to finish third.

Saudi Arabia's Yasir Saeidan has unfinished business in the T2 category after missing out on last year's title and he made a strong start to his Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge campaign and was the front-running T2 driver at the early passage control checks.

Local driver Mansoor Al-Helai's plan to push hard in the T2 category suffered a severe setback when he ground to a halt before PC1. Meanwhile, Marat Abykayev's challenge for T2 honours suffered a terminal blow when the Kazakh crashed his Toyota Land Cruiser heavily early in the stage and co-driver Andrey Chipenko sustained an injury. The medical helicopter was summoned and his co-driver was airlifted to Madinat Zayed hospital with a head injury. He was conscious and in a stable condition.

Dubai-based Saluki Motorsport is running three different makes of car for founder Mark Powell (Buggy), UAE-based Georgy Gomshiashvili (Predator X185) and rookie Omani Abdullah Al-Zubair (Nissan Patrol). Experienced Welshman Quin Evans, Russian Nikita Abramov and former Dakar enduro rider Annie Seel, from Sweden, have been tasked with navigating duties. The trio began the day in 33rd, 30th and 25th overall.

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is taking place under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler's representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from Al-Dafrah Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.

Clic here to read the story from its source.