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SPORT & LEISURE - MOTOR SPORTS

Autodrome lures top driver for 24-hour race

Posted on 11/01/2007

Experienced German driver Hans-Joachim Stuck leads a pack of top drivers in the non-stop Toyo Tires 24-Hour Dubai motor race at the Dubai Autodrome. Stuck, who made his name as a touring car driver in the 1970s, is among a strong international entry. The event will feature several categories including the Touring Cars of FIA Group A and Group 24-Hr Special and the SP1 Touring Trophy Cup Cars. Stuck's victories included the 1972 Spa 24 Hours and in 1974 he moved to single-seaters, finishing ...  >>MORE

FIA praise for Bin Sulayem

Posted on 10/01/2007

Mohammad Bin Sulayem has won official praise for establishing the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE as a model organisation in the Arab world. A senior official of the FIA, the organisation which links 213 national motoring organisations from 125 countries, says the ATC UAE has achieved outstanding results both in the motor sport arena, and in services provided for motoring tourists and travellers, since Bin Sulayem took over as its President nine months ago. Peter Dogwiller, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host Middle East round of Historic Rally series

Posted on 19/12/2006

The UAE's international motor sport calendar will be given an extra dimension next month with the launch in Abu Dhabi of a new round of the FIA Historic Rally Championship. The inaugural Abu Dhabi Classic, taking place on January 11-13, sees the UAE capital entering a well-established rally championship series which is expanding from Europe into the Middle East for the first time. The event has attracted 38 entries from Europe, some of the vehicles originating from the romantic days of ...  >>MORE

Rally: Defending champion completes second successive Dubai victory

Posted on 04/12/2006

UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi completed his second successive victory in the Dubai International Rally last Friday to bring down the curtain on the 2006 FIA Middle East Championship. Partnered by Khalid Al Kindi in a Subaru Imprezza, the 2004 Middle East champion completed the 640-km event with a winning margin of exactly two minutes from fellow-UAE driver Sheikh Suhail bin Khalifa Al Maktoum in another Subaru. Taking third place in his Mitsubishi Evolution, another 2mins 18 seconds adrift, ...  >>MORE

Drag racing makes a noise in UAE

Posted on 04/11/2006

The UAE has made significant progress in the field of motorsport over the past. It has produced some of the region's top rally drivers, gave birth to A-1 racing, the World Cup of circuit racing, and even staged world-class rallies like UAE Desert Challenge, the final round of the World Cross Country Rallies. Besides this, several rounds of the Middle East Rally Championship and track events happen right here in this country. Unlike various forms of racing we are familiar with, not many would ...  >>MORE

Sulayem lobbies FIA over ''Free Zone'' for rally

Posted on 17/10/2006

President of the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE Mohammed Ben Sulayem will lobby FIA decision makers in Spain this week in a bid to create a "free zone" for rally and racing drivers in the Gulf, a move which he says will boost motor sport in the region at local and international level. Sulayem flew to Barcelona yesterday to attend the four-day FIA annual congress starting tomorrow, and he was determined to have an influence on the men who rule world motor sport, including FIA ...  >>MORE

UAE begins hunt for future Formula One champions

Posted on 21/09/2006

The UAE is a country fuelled by ambition. It aspires to acquire many firsts and become the best. And this same spirit has now permeated its world of motor sports. Yes, the UAE is geared up to welcome its first Formula One hopefuls. In the next two months, three of the country's most talented drivers – male or female between 12-25 years – will be selected by the Dubai Autodrome and HSBC. They have teamed up to scout and groom the next generation of racers through the HSBC Racing Academy ...  >>MORE

78 riders take part in quad bike race

Posted on 22/04/2006

Spirited quad bike riders dashed through the sandy track in Al Sa'ad desert as the first segment of Red Bull Reach the Top competition got under way here on Wednesday night. The two-day event was witnessed by hundreds of spectators sitting on the sand dunes surrounding the 140-metre high sandy hill with a 45 degrees face. Some 78 quad bikers were allowed to take part in the competition from the total 147 registered candidates in the four categories of the challenge. The picturesque venue, ...  >>MORE

Dazzling dune race draws drivers from far and wide

Posted on 19/04/2006

Drivers of more than 130 quad bikes and 69 Four Wheel Drives from the UAE and GCC countries are revving up to scale a 130 metre-high hill in Al Ain today. The two-day event 3rd edition of the race titled Red Bull Reach the Top Race will be held in Al Sa'ad, about 35km away from Al Ain. The drivers have been practicing at the venue. The steep gradient of the hill, said the organisers, changes with the winds and wheels find it hard to grip the track. The drivers must reach the top in the least ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs up McLaren

Posted on 11/03/2006

Emirates airline yesterday signed a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal with Formula One motor racing team McLaren Mercedes. Airline chief Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and McLaren boss Ron Dennis made the announcement yesterday in the German capital, Berlin. The metallic grey McLaren cars, sporting Emirates logos on orange backgrounds on the front wings and rear spoiler, will be seen in action as soon as tomorrow, when drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya practise for ...  >>MORE

Al Attiyah Wins UAE Rally

Posted on 28/01/2006

Qatar's Nassir Saleh Al Attiyah has won the UAE International Rally 2006 title, after a narrow win over UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, who ranked second. The three-day race was organized by the UAE Motor & Tourism Club, under the patronage of Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior. The race saw a fierce competition between Al Attiyah and Al Qasimi. The UAE star was on the lead this morning, with 53 seconds ahead of Al Attiyah who persistently managed to narrow the ...  >>MORE

Khalid Al Qasimi Leads UAE Rally

Posted on 27/01/2006

UAE rally star, Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, topped the list of competitors in the first part of the UAE International Rally Competition, held today in Suwiahan. Qatar's Nassir Saleh Al Attiyah ranked second, followed by Sheikh Sohail bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Sheikh Abdullah Al Qasimi of the UAE, in the third and fourth places, respectively. The UAE International Rally 2006, the first round of the Middle East Rally Championship this season, is run under the patronage of Lt. General Sheikh Saif ...  >>MORE

A1 Grand Prix to see 25 nations fighting for the World Cup

Posted on 10/12/2005

In its first racing season, A1 Grand Prix, the World Cup of Motorsport, will visit some of the world's most glamorous locations hosting 24 races over 12 weekends. Subject to formal approval by the FIA's World Council, the provisional race calendar for the inaugural season of the World Cup of Motorsport can now be revealed. A1 Grand Prix will bring together 25 national teams on a level playing field. A1 Grand Prix founder, president and chairman Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum, said: "With the ...  >>MORE

A1 to be top event in Dubai

Posted on 07/12/2005

Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum has vowed to make A1 Grand Prix racing the biggest sporting event in Dubai. The World Cup of Motorsport reaches its halfway stage this weekend with the race at the Dubai Autodrome, and it is the first time the UAE has held such an event. But while golf, tennis, football and rugby continue to be the big players in UAE sport, motorsport has yet to make its impact. However, the founder of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations has vowed to change all of that, ...  >>MORE

Stage is set for Desert Challenge

Posted on 09/11/2005

The competitors use words like "punishing" and "different" to explain what it's like to compete in the Desert Challenge, and this year it is shaping to be all that and more. Raced over 2,500 km, the event starts from the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi tomorrow at 8.30am and ends at the Dubai International Marine club on Monday at 4.30pm. Through five days of racing the best rally riders and drivers will tackle some of the harshest terrain in the world at speeds over 150km/h. Officially, the ...  >>MORE

UAE rally will be so close

Posted on 01/11/2005

Rally legend Mohammed bin Sulayem expects next month's UAE Desert Challenge to be one of the closest ever. French star Stephane Peterhansel, who won the event in 2002 and 2003, is favourite for top spot and heads a field of 156 drivers from 27 countries. But bin Sulayem says more teams than ever are capable of challenging for honours in the Middle East's top rallying event. "The good thing about the Desert Challenge now is that there is no big gap between the big teams and the smaller ...  >>MORE

Formula One World construction to begin in second quarter next year

Posted on 25/10/2005

Construction of the Dh1.32 billion Formula One World, part of Union Properties' multi-billion dollar 40 million square foot Dubai MotorCity project, will start during the second quarter of next year, said a senior official. Union Properties last week signed an agreement with Formula One Administration on the project, that is aimed at bringing in international circuits to Dubai and raise the emirate's profile as a preferred tourism destination. Eighty per cent of the facility will be covered ...  >>MORE

Dh1.32b Formula One World to be set up in Dubailand

Posted on 17/10/2005

Union Properties is investing Dh1.32 billion in creating Formula One World at the newly-conceptualised MotorCity in Dubailand, in association with Formula One Administration. Although Dubai already has an FIA certified racetrack, Dubai Autodrome, it has yet to host a Formula One race. The region's only Formula One event took place in Bahrain last year. With Formula One World, however, Dubai could outplay its regional rivals in hosting these events. Spread over 5 million square feet, Formula ...  >>MORE

DDF signs new deal with Dubai Autodrome

Posted on 15/10/2005

Dubai Autodrome, the region's first fully integrated motor sport facility, and Dubai Duty Free announced a new sponsorship agreement for the upcoming Motorcity GT 500 Dubai race to be held in mid-November. Round 10 of the FIA GT championship will be held from November 16-18. "The Dubai Autodrome is happy to renew the sponsorship relationship with Dubai Duty Free; this sponsorship represents Duty Free's commitment and support to motor racing in the UAE. The Dubai Autodrome will also be the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to stage FIA GT meet

Posted on 02/10/2005

Round 10 of the FIA GT meet will be hosted in Dubai on the spectacular Dubai Autodrome circuit from November 16-18 with a host of international teams and drivers in the fray. This is the second time that the emirate of Dubai host this prestigious world class race which is widely recognised as a growing event gaining an impressive and increasing success with spectators, viewers and international coverage from TVs and media. The event is expected to attract more than 25,000 race enthusiasts, ...  >>MORE

A wild dash through the dunes

Posted on 30/04/2005

Energetic quad bikers dashed through the sandy track in Al Sa'ad desert in the first segment of the Al Ain Dunes Challenge Championship 2005 here on Wednesday night. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Enthusiasts ready to face the ups and downs of new desert challenge

Posted on 18/04/2005

A new four-wheel championship for amateurs and professionals is taking place in Al Ain this month. Launched by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, "The Ultimate Al Ain Dunes Challenge and Championship” will take place on April 27 and 28 for four-wheel drivers and motorcycle riders. The event is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Abu Dhabi Motors Club. The challenge will be held in the Al Sad hills in Al Ain, about 50km from the city. It will take place around an oasis camp for ...  >>MORE

Welcome to the sand pit

Posted on 18/04/2005

Every fortnight, 80 bikers meet to race in Jebel Ali. Swerving around the sandy track for two years, they have made motocross a popular sport in the UAE. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

National steals the thunder in classic car rally

Posted on 21/03/2005

Classic-car owners taking part in the Rally Al Khaleej were welcomed by a UAE national band when they arrived in Fujairah yesterday. A total of 17 classic cars, manufactured before 1979, participated in the Rally Al Khaleej. They set off from Abu Dhabi on March 14, passing through Liwa to Al Ain. Only four cars completed the rally from Al Ain to Fujairah because the other 13 experienced technical problems. He said the rally was a unique challenge to experience the power of these old cars - ...  >>MORE

UAE all set to host maiden classic rally for vintage cars

Posted on 22/02/2005

Classic car enthusiasts from Europe and the Middle East will embark on a two-week exploration of the UAE next month with Rally Al Khaleej. The first edition of the rally a unique addition to the regional motorsport calendar will be held under the patronage of Lt General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Minister of Interior. The 1,200-km event will see vintage cars from the last century competing in a spectacular series of special stages and speed tests over the length and breadth ...  >>MORE

Al Qasimi begins defence of regional title

Posted on 03/02/2005

Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi begins the defence of his FIA Middle East Rally title as he tackles the ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally. The event is being held under the patronage of Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Interior. At the wheel of his Power Horse World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Al Qasimi and his Ulster co-driver Michael Orr begin the three-day, Al Ain-based event as top seeds, although the 2003 champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah has ...  >>MORE

New special stages for this year's UAE international rally

Posted on 03/01/2005

The region's finest rally drivers will have to contend with a challenging new route for the 2005 ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally which takes place on February 2-4. The event, which is the opening round of the 2005 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, has shifted from its usual Abu Dhabi base to the Hilton Hotel in Al Ain for the first time. But the movement to a new rally headquarters is just one of a number of exciting innovations outlined by officials at the Automobile and Touring ...  >>MORE

Chance for ladies to show driving skills

Posted on 26/12/2004

Top eight ladies drivers will be selected by Dubai Speed Club to compete in the first ever women rally to be organised and held in the UAE over three days from February 2-4 at Jebel Ali area, it was confirmed yesterday. According to Jamal Lootah, CEO of the newly-formed Dubai Speed Club, the event will be organised as part of the 2005 Dubai Shopping Festival along with many other attractions on and off the tracks. Speaking to newsmen at the Dubai Press Club, Lootah invited all women residing ...  >>MORE

Top UAE performers set for duel in the desert

Posted on 30/11/2004

Two of the most experienced drivers in the history of Middle East rallying will be aiming for a top finish in the Dubai International Rally for very different reasons. The event takes place on Thursday and Friday. Michel Saleh is the veteran of the FIA Middle East Championship, having taken the overall title back in the days of the Gulf series in the early 1980s. Over the course of the last 21 years, the Dubai-based businessman has tackled numerous regional events in a variety of tuned ...  >>MORE

UAE Desert Challenge: DeMevius snatches the lead

Posted on 13/10/2004

Powering towards success: Belgian driver Gregoire DeMevius during the second stage of the UAE Desert Challenge Rally in the Liwa desert south of Abu Dhabi. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Al Mutaiwe'e sets fiery pace

Posted on 12/10/2004

Moreeb Hill, Liwa: The host country's Khalifa Al Mutaiwe'e and Spain's Marc Coma set the early pace on a dramatic first leg of the UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge yesterday as the event surged away from Abu Dhabi at the start of five days of spectacular cross country rally action centred on the Liwa Oasis. Al Mutaiwe'e, leading the race for the drivers' title in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, won the 351-km first special stage by 25 seconds in his BMW X5 from the Nissan Pick-up ...  >>MORE

UAE Desert Challenge; Tough challenge ahead

Posted on 11/10/2004

The focus of the international cross-country rallying world switches from Dubai to Abu Dhabi today as the UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge begins in earnest, with two world titles at stake over the next five days. Following last evening's exciting Nakheel Prologue stage which gave spectators a ringside view of the action at Jebel Ali Racecourse, the event starts officially from the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi at 9.30am today. Frenchman Bruno Saby topped the prologue action for cars clocking ...  >>MORE

Desert Challenge countdown on

Posted on 06/10/2004

The final countdown for next week's UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge has begun with 132 drivers, riders and tons of equipment from 42 countries descending on the UAE by air, land and sea. The mighty gathering of prototype cars, modified 4WD vehicles, trucks and bikes which will contest the 2,020-km event is the most impressive and advanced collection of rally machinery ever to be assembled in the Middle East. The rally will be officially flagged-off from the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi at 9.30 am ...  >>MORE

Close contest in the offing between Mondini, Sharp

Posted on 05/10/2004

The Dubai Autodrome will host the final round of the 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Championship and it is hard to imagine a more exciting finale. A maximum of 64 points are available from the two heats giving four drivers a chance to claim top honours. Italy's Giorgio Mondini enters the final round in Dubai with a narrow points advantage over his nearest rival having scored six podium finishes, two of which were outright wins. The EuroInternational driver has had a late season surge, ...  >>MORE

GTs to kick up a storm in Dubai

Posted on 04/10/2004

A cross-section of drivers from all categories of motoracing are set to kick up a storm when they contest the FIA GT Series championship at the LG Super Racing Weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. The line-up includes Grand Prix winners, former Formula One drivers, single seater stars, sports car specialists and a mix of veterans and up-and-coming youngsters. The FIA GT Series, contested over ten rounds by exotic sports cars specially adapted for race track conditions, is a gruelling 500km test ...  >>MORE

Al Qasimi finishes second

Posted on 04/10/2004

Nicosia: The UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi will take a nine-point FIA Middle East Rally Championship lead to the final round of the championship in Dubai in December after he and Ulster co-driver Michael Orr finished second overall in the Troodos International Rally in Nicosia yesterday. At the wheel of the Power Horse World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Al Qasimi needed to amass nine points from the final two rounds of the series to be sure of taking the title from the Qatari defending ...  >>MORE

Local drivers share stage with the stars

Posted on 14/09/2004

The UAE's three-car Liberty Team will share a world stage with the biggest names in cross country rallying during next month's UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge, with French star Stephane Peterhansel, winner of the event for the last two years, now confirmed in a powerful line-up. Driving a trio of new Chrysler Pick-ups, Obaid Bin Hathboor and Yahya Al Helei - placed seventh and tenth last year - and team-mate and Ahmad Bin Souqat are among an impressive list of 113 drivers and riders from ...  >>MORE

Khalid wins Syrian Rally

Posted on 05/09/2004

The UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi inched his way to a second Middle East Rally title with an emphatic victory in the Syrian International Rally. Khalid and his Ulster co-driver Michael Orr had dominated this event - the sixth round of the 2004 FIA Middle East Rally Championship. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge to take place in October

Posted on 18/08/2004

The UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge will take its first steps later this year towards securing a place for the Middle East in a new-look World Championship of cross-country rallying. Mohammed bin Sulayem, chairman of the organising committee, announced today that the spectacular event will expand from four to five days of competition when it is staged for the 14th time in October. The move is in line with plans by the FIA, motor sport's world governing body, to upgrade the existing World Cup ...  >>MORE

UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge is getting bigger

Posted on 14/08/2004

The UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge will take its first steps later this year towards securing a place for the Middle East in a new-look World Championship of cross country rallying. Mohammad Bin Sulayem, chairman of the organising committee, announced yesterday that the spectacular event will expand from four to five days of competition when it is staged for the 14th time in October. The move is in line with plans by the FIA, motorsport's world governing body, to upgrade the existing World ...  >>MORE

Al Mutaiwe'e leads World Cup

Posted on 09/08/2004

Antalya, Turkey: The Victory Team's Khalifa Al Mutaiwe'e has emerged as the new leader of the 2004 FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup Drivers' Championship following his fourth place finish in the Rallye d'Orient Cappadoce, the fifth round of the series, on Saturday. The Victory Team driver and his French co-driver Alain Guehennec began the final 110 kms competitive section in fourth position and stayed away from trouble to pick up the invaluable 15 championship points, as he bids to become ...  >>MORE

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Autodrome lures top driver for 24-hour race


FIA praise for Bin Sulayem


Abu Dhabi to host Middle East round of Historic Rally series


Rally: Defending champion completes second successive Dubai victory


Drag racing makes a noise in UAE


Sulayem lobbies FIA over ''Free Zone'' for rally


UAE begins hunt for future Formula One champions


78 riders take part in quad bike race


Dazzling dune race draws drivers from far and wide


Emirates signs up McLaren


Al Attiyah Wins UAE Rally


Khalid Al Qasimi Leads UAE Rally


A1 Grand Prix to see 25 nations fighting for the World Cup


A1 to be top event in Dubai


Stage is set for Desert Challenge


UAE rally will be so close


Formula One World construction to begin in second quarter next year


Dh1.32b Formula One World to be set up in Dubailand


DDF signs new deal with Dubai Autodrome


Dubai to stage FIA GT meet


A wild dash through the dunes


Enthusiasts ready to face the ups and downs of new desert challenge


Welcome to the sand pit


National steals the thunder in classic car rally


UAE all set to host maiden classic rally for vintage cars


Al Qasimi begins defence of regional title


New special stages for this year's UAE international rally


Chance for ladies to show driving skills


Top UAE performers set for duel in the desert


UAE Desert Challenge: DeMevius snatches the lead


Al Mutaiwe'e sets fiery pace


UAE Desert Challenge; Tough challenge ahead


Desert Challenge countdown on


Close contest in the offing between Mondini, Sharp


GTs to kick up a storm in Dubai


Al Qasimi finishes second


Local drivers share stage with the stars


Khalid wins Syrian Rally


UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge to take place in October


UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge is getting bigger


Al Mutaiwe'e leads World Cup