Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is an international rally raid race held in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates since 1991. The race is points scoring for the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and is organized by the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE), the sole representative of the FIA and the FIM in the country, headed by the event founder Mohammed bin Sulayem. [1]

Originally for cars only, motorcycles and quads are allowed since 1995 and trucks since 2002.[2][3]

The event was originally known as the UAE Desert Challenge, since it spanned several emirates of the country. Since 2009, the route includes five stages (plus a Super Special stage) entirely across Abu Dhabi emirate, and the title changed to the current one.[4][5]

WinnersEdit

CarsEdit

Year Driver Codriver Car
1991   Mohammed Mattar   Hassan Ali Bin Shahdoor Land Rover Defender
1992   Mohammed Mattar   Hassan Ali Bin Shahdoor Land Rover Defender
1993   Saeed Al-Hajri   Henri Magne Land Rover Defender
1994   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser
1995   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser
1996   Bruno Saby   Dominique Serieys Mitsubishi Pajero
1997   Ari Vatanen   Fred Gallagher Citroën Rally Raid
1998   Jean-Pierre Fontenay   Gilles Picard Mitsubishi Pajero
1999   Jean-Louis Schlesser   Henri Magne Buggy Schlesser
2000   Jean-Louis Schlesser   Jean-Marie Lurquin Buggy Schlesser
2001   Jean-Louis Schlesser   Henri Magne Buggy Schlesser
2002   Stéphane Peterhansel   Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero
2003   Stéphane Peterhansel   Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero
2004   Hiroshi Masuoka   Andreas Schulz Mitsubishi Pajero
2005   Stéphane Peterhansel   Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Evo
2006   Luc Alphand   Gilles Picard Mitsubishi Evo
2007   Stéphane Peterhansel   Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Evo
2008   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Tina Thörner BMW X3
2009   Guerlain Chicherit   Tina Thörner BMW X3
2010   Leonid Novitskiy   Andreas Schulz BMW X3
2011   Stéphane Peterhansel   Jean-Paul Cottret Mini All 4 Racing
2012   Jean-Louis Schlesser   Konstantin Zhiltsov Buggy Schlesser
2013   Nani Roma   Michel Perin Mini All 4 Racing
2014   Vladimir Vasilyev   Konstantin Zhiltsov Mini All 4 Racing
2015   Vladimir Vasilyev   Konstantin Zhiltsov Mini All 4 Racing
2016   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Mathieu Baumel Toyota Hilux Overdrive
2017   Sh. Khalid Al Qassimi   Khalid Al Kendi Peugeot 3008 DKR
2018   Martin Prokop   David Pabiska Ford F-150 Evo
2019   Stéphane Peterhansel   Andrea Peterhansel Mini JCW Rally X-Raid

MotorcyclesEdit

Year Rider Motorcycle
1995   Heinz Kinigadner KTM LC4
1996   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha M3
1997   Jordi Arcarons KTM 660
1998   Heinz Kinigadner KTM LC4 660
1999   Fabrizio Meoni KTM 660
2000   Jimmy Lewis BMW 900 RR
2001   Cyril Despres KTM 660
2002   Cyril Despres KTM 660
2003   Cyril Despres KTM 660
2004   Isidre Esteve KTM 660
2005   Cyril Despres KTM 660
2006   Marc Coma KTM 660
2007   Marc Coma KTM 660
2008   Cyril Despres KTM 690
2009   Marc Coma KTM 690
2010   Marc Coma KTM 690 Rally
2011   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2012   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2013   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2014   Paulo Gonçalves Honda
2015   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2016   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally
2017   Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally
2018   Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna 450 Rally
2019   Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/mohammed-ben-sulayem.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.emirates247.com/sports/local/abu-dhabi-set-for-world-class-desert-challenge-2014-04-03-1.544220
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.sport360.com/article/uae/19837/atcuae-extends-partnership-nissan-abu-dhabi-desert-challenge
  5. ^ http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/about-us.aspx

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