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Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powers his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 WRC through the shakedown in Germany.
Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powers his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 WRC through the shakedown in Germany.

AL QASSIMI RISES TO WRC CHALLENGE IN GERMANY-

 Emirati driver tackling stern test of adaptability in Abu Dhabi Citroën on return to action-

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 22nd August, 2013: After a difficult build-up to Rallye Deutschland, the UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi is facing a stern test of his adaptability this weekend in one of the most awkward rounds of the World Rally Championship. 

The ninth of 13 rounds in this year’s WRC series is also the first asphalt event of the season, and adding to the high degree of difficulty is the fact that the 371.92km of special stages spread over four days are run across three different types of sealed surfaces. 

“This is a very challenging event, and if your concentration drops for a moment it can catch you out,” said Al Qassimi, before leaving the ceremonial start in Cologne this afternoon (Thursday) alongside British co-driver Scott Martin in his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3. 

“You have to have to be able to adapt quickly as the surface changes from one section to another. At the same time, while there are some very fast sections, there are also some extremely narrow and difficult stages, so it’s going to be an interesting weekend.” 

The rally’s first two stages were following later, the second of these being run in darkness in front of a large part of the estimated 200,000 spectators who will follow the action up to the finish on Sunday afternoon. 

After initially fearing he would miss his first tarmac rally for almost two years because of a hand injury, Al Qassimi is hoping the expertise of the Citroën team has put his Abu Dhabi-branded DS3 in perfect shape for its maiden journey on asphalt, despite limited time this week for testing 

Following him some time later into yesterday’s shakedown over a 4.55km section between Konz and the municipality of Kommlingen was young Emirati driver Mohammed Al Mutawaa, making his WRC debut alongside Stephen McAuley in an Abu Dhabi Citroën DS3 R3 2WD.

 

Having won his big chance with Abu Dhabi Racing at a selection programme last November, Al Mutawaa is experiencing his first tarmac rally this weekend and wants to learn from every competitive kilometer.

 

Over the next three days Rallye Deutschland revolves around Trier, with 14 more Special Stages to be negotiated before the survivors reach the finish on Sunday. 

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Kris Meeke drew praise from all round with an impressive drive in Rally Finland in the Abu Dhabi Citroën DS3.
Kris Meeke drew praise from all round with an impressive drive in Rally Finland in the Abu Dhabi Citroën DS3.

AL QASSIMI SAYS MEEKE DESERVES MORE CHANCES AS ABU DHABI, CITROËN AIM TO REVIVE WRC CHALLENGE – 

Northern Irishman has provided much food for thought, says Sheikh Khalid as reigning world champions look for WRC boost  –

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 7 August, 2013:  Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi says Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke has given Abu Dhabi Racing and Citroën plenty of food for thought as they look to revive their challenge in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Nominated by Al Qassimi to drive his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 in last week’s eighth round of the WRC series in Finland, Meeke was lying fifth overall until he rolled and went out of the event near the end of the penultimate stage. 

Despite the setback which denied Meeke his reward for a hugely impressive drive, Al Qassimi says he could be given other chances in the WRC, where results this season have been disappointing for the partnership between Abu Dhabi Racing and eight-time manufacturers champions, Citroën Racing. 

Making his first appearance in the WRC for more than 18 months, Meeke closely tracked team-mate Mikko Hirvonen in Rally Finland while completely outpacing Spain’s Dani Sordo in the other Citroën Total Abu Dhabi DS3 to earn a huge amount of praise from all round. 

“He did an excellent job, and I wasn’t surprised,” said Al Qassimi, who missed the event because of other commitments. “He was up there with Mikko and much quicker than Dani, and he’s given us a lot to think about. 

“Our first priority is to get the best we can out of our drivers for the rest of the season, and we need to be on the podium. But already we’re looking ahead to next season, and Kris could get more chances.” 

Added Al Qassimi: “He’s a very good driver, that’s why we picked him. We considered several drivers, but decided Kris would be the best choice and he proved us right. 

“It was just unfortunate that he didn’t get the finish he deserved. I really felt for him, especially as I rolled in the same car in the Acropolis Rally.” 

Al Qassimi is now fully focused on his return to WRC action at the wheel of his Abu Dhabi Citroën DS3 in Rallye Deutschland on 23-25 August. 

In addition to looking for his best WRC finish of the season, the UAE driver will also be hoping for similar from Hirvonen and Sordo – placed fourth and fifth in Finland – as they try to narrow the 55pt gap to manufacturers championship leaders Volkswagen.