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Le Dubai 24-Hours

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What do Schumacher, Mansell and Waltrip have in common? They were all racing in the Dubai 24-Hours; Cora, Greg and Michael that is, respectively. Ralf’s lady was in a Mini, as in Cooper, and finished 29th. The Mansell munchkins, Greg and Leo, were classified 22nd in their Lotus Evora.

Nascar star Michael Waltrip, entered in a Ferrari F430, did not suffer a ‘tar’ fire but had an engine flame-out during warm-up.

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Lambo Field. Departure for the Dunlop 24-Hours of Dubai. A field of over 80 cars took the start in the sixth running of the Arabian endurance event. Leading the way from the front row was a pair of Lamborghinis. The inaugural event in 2006 was won by BMW; among the drivers were Hans-Joachim Stuck, who once drove for Bernie-owned Brabham F1 team, and Christian “Toto” Wolf, Austrian businessman, part investor in Williams F1 team and boyfriend of Scottish racer Susie Stoddard.

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BMW. The ultimate winning machine

It took a Swede, Brazilian, American and a German lady to end Porsche’s run of three successive victories in Dubai. The BMW Z4 entered by Need For Speed Team Schubert was driven by Edward Sandström, Augusto Farfus, Tommy Milner and Claudia Hürtgen.

Ferrari F430 of AF Corse and driven by Eppe Perazzini, Michal Broniszewski, Lorenzo Case and Marco Cioci was second. Final podium spot was grabbed by Black Falcon’s Mercedes SLS AMG driven by Thomas Jäger, Kenneth Hayer, Jan Seyffarth and Sean Paul Breslin.

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F1weekly friend on Lap 57

Umair Khan, a friend of F1weekly residing in Dubai, raced Honda Civic entered by Lap 57 team. They qualified second in their category and were close to a podium finish in their class when the engine quit.

The team is named as a tribute to the inaugural Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, the first in the Arabian Gulf region which was contested over 57 laps.

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Gulf. The Spirit of John Wyer Racing

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Dubai’s version of Falcon and Snowman

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Belly dancing. Outsourced to Manila Bay

— Nasir Hameed

Warm greetings and Burj Khalifa regards.

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Al Qassimi wants to prevent Qatari title rivals stealing the show

as Dubai Rally brings Middle East series to a climax

Dubai, UAE, 23rd December 2010: Twice former winner Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi will be out to prevent Qatari drivers from stealing the show when the Dubai International Rally brings the 2010 FIA Middle East Championship to a climax next week.

Qatar’s Misfer Al Marri needs only to finish sixth in the final round of the series to snatch the Middle East crown from fellow countryman Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah who has won the last two championship rounds and has scored victory in Dubai five times in the last seven years.

But with the event again taking its traditional slot on UAE National Day weekend, Al Qassimi is in no mood to let the Qataris dominate proceedings. He would love to give the host country a victory to celebrate, and add to his back-to-back Dubai International Rally wins in 2005 and 2006.

While his main focus with Team Abu Dhabi is the World Rally Championship, Al Qassimi has already scored maximum points in two Middle East events this season, in Kuwait and Lebanon, and wants to round of the campaign with a win on home territory.

Partnered by Irish co-driver Michael Orr in a Ford Fiesta, he is joined in the rally line-up by his brother, Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi, who leads him by a single point, and currently holds fourth place, in the championship.

Sheikh Abdullah, accompanied by British navigator Steve Lancaster in a Mitsubishi Evolution 9,

is in the 25-strong provisional entry list issued today by the rally organisers, the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE.

Dubai Rally 2

The line-up also includes the UAE’s Rashid Al Ketbi and co-driver Khalid Alkendi in a Skoda Fabia Evolution 2, as well as veteran UAE-based Lebanese driver Michel Saleh who will be partnered by Ziad Masannat in a Mitsubishi Evo 9

Under pressure from the Al Qassimi brothers as he tries to hold on to third place in the championship, Khalid Al-Suwaidi is one of five other Qatari drivers in the line-up, teaming up with Nick Beech in a Subaru Impreza. The other Qatari challengers are Abdulaziz Kuwari, Abdullha Alrabban, Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, and Jabir Al Marri.

Essam Al Nejadi, lying joint seventh in the championship, heads a seven-car entry from Kuwait.

His fellow countrymen Meshari Al Sabti, Mufeed Mubarak, Mshari Al Thefiri, Mohammad Al Thefiri, Eid Falah and Fahad Ashknani also tackle the event in Mitsubishi Evos

Carrying the Jordanian flag in Dubai will be Mazen Tantash and Carlos Del Barrio in a Subaru Impreza and Ahed Eid with Feras Allowh in a Mitsubishi Evo.

Saudi Arabia is represented by Ahmed Al Sabban and co-driver Adel Huseen in a Subaru Impreza, while Turkey’s Orcun Polat and Ufuk Uluocak in a Mitsubishi Evo 9 add to the international flavour of the event.

Two British drivers with four Middle East titles between them are also in the line up. UAE-based Ron Oakeley, a former regional Group N champion and Super 1600 winner, enters a Subaru Imprezza, as does close friend, Simon Nutter, twice a winner of the Formula Two crown.

A third British driver, David Scialom, also contests the event in a Subaru.

The 2010 Dubai International Rally will have a ceremonial start on December 2 from the Old Town area of Dubai. Over the following two days six stages of approximately 22 kms each will all be run twice to produce a route of 280 kms.

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FIA Middle East Rally Championship drivers’ standings after seven of eight rounds:

1.      Misfer Al-Marri (QAT) 44pts

2.      Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) 36pts

3.      Khaled Al-Suwaidi (QAT) 22pts

4.      Sheikh Abdulla Al-Qassimi (UAE) 21pts

5.      Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi (UAE) 20pts

6.      Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SA) 20pts

7.     Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani (QAT) 14pts

8.     Abdulaziz Al Kuwari (QAT) 14pts

9.     Essam Al-Nejadi (KWT) 14pts

10. Mohammed Al Marri (QAT) 10pts