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SPORT & LEISURE - MOTOR SPORTS

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

Design finalised for A1 Grand Prix car

Posted on 17/07/2004

The A1 Grand Prix prototype, which was unveiled at the launch in Dubai on March 30, will be displayed at the Farnborough International Air Show from July 19-25 alongside some of the world's fastest machines. Thanks to an initiative between the MIA and the Society of British Aerospace Companies, A1 Grand Prix will be part of a historic event as this is the first time motor sport will be represented at the show. The show's 300,000 expected attendees will be able to see the car and review ...  >>MORE

Every intention to bring F1 to Dubai, says King

Posted on 12/07/2004

Dubai's bid to buy a Formula One racing team that will be run from the Emirate is "not just about cheque books, but about building a credible concept," an official involved in the negotiations asserted yesterday. Speaking to Gulf News from Silverstone, England, Russel King, a spokesperson for Belgravia Group, the advisors to Grand Prix Investments, a company negotiating for Dubai said, "I would like people to understand that this is about developing a very credible and proper Formula One Team. ...  >>MORE

Dubai in talks to buy F1 team

Posted on 11/07/2004

Silverstone (England) - Dubai is negotiating to buy a Formula One team that will be run from the Gulf emirate, a senior member of the ruling Maktoum family said yesterday. A statement issued on behalf of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates and President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Department, named no teams, although a spokesman said there were probably three candidates. There has been media speculation recently about privately owned Jordan, which is based at Silverstone, ...  >>MORE

Al Mutaiwee needs to be on his toes to hold off rivals

Posted on 31/05/2004

Khalifa Al Mutaiwee of the Victory Team is set to take part in the Morocco Baja in an attempt to consolidate his position as the overall leader in the FIA Cross Country Rallies World Championship. The UAE's Khalifa Al Mutaiwee and his French co-driver Alain Guehennec will be aiming nothing short of keeping their overall lead when they start in the Morocco Baja later this week. Al Mutaiwee left for Morocco from Dubai early yesterday in an attempt to keep his leadership in the overall ...  >>MORE

Khalid captures Middle East rally championship lead

Posted on 24/05/2004

Talented UAE driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, and his Northern Ireland co-driver Michael Orr, must be relishing the prospects for the season after securing the lead in the 2004 FIA Middle East Rally Championship. After three rounds in the seven-race series Sheikh Khalid leads a competitive field with 24 points following his third place finish in the Jordan International Rally, which concluded in Amman late on Saturday. Sheikh Khalid had made his title intentions clear when he won the Bahrain ...  >>MORE

UAE riders turn on the power

Posted on 17/04/2004

Liwa, Empty Quarter: Under bright floodlights bathing the imposing figure of Moreb Hill on the edge of the Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi's Khalfan Darwish Al Mansouri was again crowned king of the quads on the opening night of the Red Bull Reach the Top Challenge. The start of the two-night event - staged under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office, with the backing of the FIA, the FIM and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE - saw ...  >>MORE

Al Mazrouei new king of the Hill

Posted on 17/04/2004

Liwa: A record breaking double by Abu Dhabi's Hamdan Al Mazrouei was the showstopper when the UAE's most powerful 4WDs came face to face with Moreb Hill on the second night of the Red Bull Reach the Top challenge. Partnered by co-driver Abdullah Al Hamli in the 8-cylinder category and watched by thousands of spectators gathered in the desert on the edge of the Empty Quarter, Al Mazrouei made light of the pre-event talk of rival Badr Ibrahim Ali by shattering Ali's record time of 13.5 seconds ...  >>MORE

DTCM to host Kyosho world championship

Posted on 03/04/2004

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has gone full throttle ahead in making the emirate the sports capital of the Middle East by bringing in the KYOSHO World Championship to Dubai (7th -9th April 2004). The details of the remote control car racing Championship, which will take place at the Hobby Centre Dubai Race Track Creek Park, was announced last Thursday in a Press Conference at the Dubai Cruise Terminal by the DTCM. The event is brought to the emirate in ...  >>MORE

Autodrome set to rev off today

Posted on 31/03/2004

Commercial operation of the Dubai Autodrome and Business Park will begin today with a circuit race, said Simon E. Azzam, chief executive of Union Properties, which built the facility. This is the first facility to be operational at the Dh18 billion Dubailand development. Union Properties invested Dh350 million in the first phase of the Dubai Autodrome, making it the property company's most ambitious development to date. Al Jallaf said: "Dubailand, of which the Dubai Autodrome and Business ...  >>MORE

Jaguar Team sees potential of Middle East producing F-1 drivers

Posted on 30/03/2004

The Middle East has it all: the facilities, the setting, the infrastructure. It's now time for the region to have its own drivers. "It's amazing what has been achieved in this part of the world," gasped Jaguar Team driver Mark Webber as he was joined by team mate Christian Klein and team boss, Sir Jackie Stewart. Formula One needs its heroes. It also needs exotic locations," Webber said in reference to neighbouring Bahrain and Shanghai being added on to the F1 circuit this year. Webber, ...  >>MORE

Dubai blitzes past Bahrain to host A1 Grand Prix

Posted on 29/03/2004

Starting next year, Dubai will add another first to its cap full of feathers, when it commences hosting the A1 Grand Prix series, an announcement to which effect is expected to be made at Dubai's exclusive Jumeirah Beach Hotel on March 30, prior to the region's first Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain on April 4. According to reliable sources, the A1 Grand Prix is expected to be a winter championship, which will involve between nine and 18 races, covering a minimum of 24 countries, has ...  >>MORE

Dubai Autodrome set to host exciting Super Racing Weekend

Posted on 03/03/2004

Dubai Autodrome, the Middle East's first fully integrated motorsports facility which is set to open later this month, will host the final leg of the LG Super Racing Weekend (SRW) from October 6-8. SRW is an exciting combination of different motorsports events including the FIA GT Championship, FIA European Touring Car Championship and the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup. The three-day event will feature stars from Formula One and Formula 3000, among them Alessandro Zinardi, Gabriele Tarqni, Jorg ...  >>MORE

Khalid content with second spot, for now

Posted on 03/02/2004

Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi has finally managed to put behind his ghosts of rallying misfortune. Having driven his Subaru Imprezza to an impressive second place finish being defending Middle East Champion Nasser Al Attiyah in the recently concluded UAE International Rally, the Sharjah rallyist is confident of the season ahead. "It has been very satisfying for me and for the new team," Sheikh Khalid told Gulf News. As he is yet to fully recover from a broken vertebrae Sheikh Khalid had set ...  >>MORE

Al Attiyah reigns supreme

Posted on 31/01/2004

Middle East champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah of Qatar began his title defence by scoring a convincing victory in the ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally yesterday. The impressive Qatari was fastest on all but one of the event's 12 special stages in his brand new Group N Subaru Impreza as he won by 3 mins 32 secs from the identical Subaru of the UAE's Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi. It was the perfect start to the season for Al Attiyah, who faces a stern test of his ability to handle pressure ...  >>MORE

Al Attiyah takes firm grip after first round

Posted on 30/01/2004

Middle East champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah of Qatar underlined his determination to hold on to the regional title with a superb display in the ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally yesterday. Giving a competitive debut to his brand new Group N Subaru Impreza, Al Attiyah dominated the first leg, setting fastest times on each of the day's six special stages to take a firm grip on the first of eight rounds in the 2004 FIA Middle East Championship. The Dashing Qatari fiished the day with ...  >>MORE

Stage set for thrilling race among evenly-matched rivals

Posted on 28/01/2004

Heavy rain across the country has failed to dampen the spirits of competitors geared up for the start of the ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally, first round of the 2004 FIA Middle East Championship, starting in Abu Dhabi tomorrow afternoon. While a two-day soaking has created some potential hazards along the rally route stretching out from the UAE capital, the region's top drivers have remained upbeat in their conviction that one of the most interesting chapters in the championship's ...  >>MORE

Dubai to impose itself as a motor sports hub

Posted on 27/01/2004

The Emirate of Dubai is all set for another first following a mind-boggling deal running into millions of dollars for the manufacture and supply of A-1 racing cars. A deal has been forged and announced earlier this week in London between Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, Lola International Limited and Langford Performance Engineering Limited. The agreement involves the building of 30 racing cars for a brand-new A-1 Grand Prix, a winter one make championship involving 24 countries. ...  >>MORE

Emirates Rally to kick off on Wednesday

Posted on 26/01/2004

The Emirates Rally will start on Wednesday and will continue until 30 January. Organised by ADNOC Distribution, the Rally will be held under the patronage of Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the supervision of the International Automobile Federation. ADNOC Distribution, which sponsors most of the rallies held in Abu Dhabi and other sports events, is the main sponsor of the Emirates Rally. Other sponsors include Intercontinental hotel, the official hotel of the rally, where the ...  >>MORE

Rally champ Bin Sulayem revs for world super truck record

Posted on 20/01/2004

Middle East rally champion Mohammed Bin Sulayem will attempt a world speed record in a Buggyra Super Truck in one of the major highlights of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2004 (DSF). The event will take place on the Dubai bypass on Feb.12. "The speed record challenge will be located on 13 kilometres of the Dubai bypass road where only for one day a small village with VIP lounge will be build up," said Abdulbassel Al Haddad, director ABMP Productions, at a press conference held on Monday at ...  >>MORE

De Villiers, Koizumi sway 'Palm'

Posted on 21/10/2003

Japanese rider Mitsuru Koizumi and South African promise Giniel de Villiers will be the first ones to start in the bikes and cars categories as the UAE Desert Challenge gets down to serious business from the Marina Mall at 9.30 am today. In yesterday's Prologue stage held for the benefit of spectators at The Palm, unheard Koizumi and talented de Villiers clocked the best time over the 2.3km circuit to earn the right to start first in the cross country stages this morning. The Prologue - a ...  >>MORE

Starry line-up on display as Desert Challenge set to kick off

Posted on 20/10/2003

A possible 45 points are on offer in the UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge, the largest-ever event in Middle East motorsports history, and they may well decide the world title between Portugal's Carlos Sousa and Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser. Being the final round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies the Desert Challenge traditionally produces some of the most competitive action of the series. The event gets underway with an all-action 2.3km Prologue Stage at The Palm island in ...  >>MORE

UAE Desert Challenge prologue at The Palm

Posted on 13/10/2003

The prologue stage of this year's UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge, the final round of both the FIA and FIM World Cups for Cross Country Rallies, will take place on The Palm Island, Jumeirah - the world's premier residential and resort venue, which is being built off the coast of the UAE. This stunning location is one of two massive development ventures being undertaken by Nakheel - The Palm, Jebel Ali is also planned - to make Dubai one of the leading tourism venues in the world. The prologue ...  >>MORE

5,000 motor racing fans watch the best trial bike riders in the capital

Posted on 04/10/2003

More than 5,000 motor racing fans gathered here yesterday to watch the best trial bike riders in the UAE compete in the first Red Bull Super X in the City event, which was held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Following three elimination rounds, the 22 competitors were reduced to just 14 for the action packed final. Each 15-minute race involved completing as many laps as possible of the specially created dirt course at the Abu Dhabi International Marine ...  >>MORE

Desert Challenge set to be largest ever in its history

Posted on 03/09/2003

The UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge, scheduled in October, is set to be the largest motor sport event in Middle East history. The five-day event starts with a prologue stage on October 20 and is the final round of both the FIA Cup and FIM World Championship for Cross Country Rallies. The rally is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince ...  >>MORE

Abdullah to go all out for victory

Posted on 26/08/2003

Sheikh Abdullah Al Qasimi can afford to smile, sit back and ponder the glorious moments which have taken him to the top of the Group 'N' standings in the Middle East Rally Championship this season. "I am happy and I need time to relax," Sheikh Abdullah told Gulf News after his return from Amman after taking third overall and topping the Group 'N' at the Rally of Jordan in the second half of last month. Competition was tough and fierce in Amman with Sheikh Abdullah teaming up well with co-driver ...  >>MORE

First UAE kite-buggy team joins 800 international participants for an 800 km desert run in Australia

Posted on 16/08/2003

It's fast. It's fun. It's extreme. It's dust and wind and whizzing past at 65 to 100 kilometres an hour at 250 millimetres off the ground. It's kite-buggying. Take a three- wheel contortion, connect with a kite, slap on some wind and off you go! Under the captainship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a team of five kite-buggiers will represent the UAE for the first time in the Birdsville Buggy-Bash (BBB) in Australia. The team together with two support crew will join other international ...  >>MORE

Enthralling contests order of day

Posted on 02/02/2003

Liwa Western Region - Moreeb Hill was really 'moreeb', as Robert Crawford, the famous Irish motocross champion, realised after having failed to reach the second round of the motorcycles competition. The Moreeb Hill International Championship for Motorcycles and Fourwheel Drive Cars was held on Wednesday and Thursday, under the patronage of Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President's Aide-De-Camp. Moreeb in Arabic means 'frightening and awesome.' The highest sand dune in the Middle East ...  >>MORE

Al Mutawi to compete in Dakar Rally

Posted on 20/11/2002

The UAE's leading desert driver, Khalifa Al Mutawi, is to compete in the infamous Dakar Rally. The talented Victory Team star, who won high praise for his second-place performance in the world-ranking Tunisia Rally earlier this year, will drive a powerful Nissan pick-up specially prepared by the Nissan Dessoude Team in France. Al Mutawi, 31, will be the first UAE driver to take part in the Dakar Rally, regarded as the premier of all desert raids. A good navigator is vital – and there are ...  >>MORE

Middle East's first Autodrome in Dubai

Posted on 18/04/2002

Dubai will soon have a Formula One racetrack, as part of a plan to build an autodrome which will also include a variety of circuits, go-karting, off-road, and motor cross as well. Endorsed by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the Dubai Autodrome is planned so that Dubai can be recognised as the region's motor racing hub. Dubai-based Union Properties group announced on 13 April that they are will build the Middle East's first ...  >>MORE

Bin Sulayem proves his class again

Posted on 09/03/2002

Mohammed bin Sulayem completed a hat-trick of successive victories in the Zayani Motors Mitsubishi Bahrain International Rally to extend his advantage in the FIA Middle East rally championship to 12 points after two rounds. The 19-special stage event started and finished in Manama. Bin Sulayem and co-driver John Spiller held the advantage from the second-timed section and duly extended his lead to an emphatic 5 minutes and 25 seconds at the finish, despite a serious power steering problem at ...  >>MORE

Sulayem lands Qatar Rally

Posted on 16/02/2002

The Qatar International Rally, first round of the 2002 Middle East Rally Championship, concluded on Friday in Doha with UAE's Mohammed Bin Sulayem clinching a memorable victory. Qatar's Hamed Al Suwaidi came in second place 6 minutes and 2 seconds behind Sulayem while UAE's Abdullah Al Qasimi finished third. UAE's Sulayem, driving his Ford Focus WRC, was the first to take the start on Friday followed by Suwaidi who proved to be a tough contender on all levels driving his Subaru Impreza WRC. ...  >>MORE

Bin Sulayem to stage comeback

Posted on 07/02/2002

After what may be the shortest retirement in rally history, Dubai's Mohammed bin Sulayem, the reigning Middle East champion, has entered this month's Qatar International Rally at the wheel of a Ford Focus. Bin Sulayem, who shocked regional rallying last month with the dramatic announcement that he had quit the sport, will be the first driver off the starting line at this two-day event that begins on February 14 and is organised by the Qatar Motor Federation. Bin Sulayem's Ford Focus ...  >>MORE

Champion Middle East Rally driver looks for sponsor

Posted on 24/01/2002

Many times Middle East rally champion Mohammed bin Sulayem will retire from competing due to lack of sponsorship, he announced on 21 January. However, the UAE champion hopes to find another sponsor, in time to compete for the Middle East title. ...  >>MORE

Bin Sulayem wins the FIA Middle East Championship

Posted on 22/11/2001

Mohammed bin Sulayem won the FIA Middle East Championship in the Dubai International Rally on 15 November for Ford. It was his 14th win, the fifth victory of the season, and his 55th career win in the Middle East Championship rally. http://www.rallycar.co..uk/news ...  >>MORE

Top stars for Abu Dhabi International 24-hour Endurance Karting Race

Posted on 04/04/2001

Some world class drivers are expected to be in the fray when the inaugural Abu Dhabi International 24-hour Endurance Karting Race is held here on Thursday and Friday. Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan Al Nahyan said the event is being organised under the patronage of Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Over 24 teams, each with a maximum of 12 drivers will be taking part in the event which will be held at the parking area of the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre. The event will start at 12noon on Thursday and ...  >>MORE

Emphatic win puts Sulayem on track for 13th rally title

Posted on 27/01/2001

Mohammed bin Sulayem moved rapidly on to the trail of a 13th Middle East title today taking his Ford Focus World Rally Car to another milestone with a resounding victory in the ADNOC Distribution UAE International Rally in Abu Dhabi. The Arab world's leading driver won the opening round of this year's FIA Middle East series with an emphatic seven minutes to spare over second-placed Cypriot champion, Andreas Tsouloftas. n a class of his own from start to finish, Sulayem was fastest on all 12 ...  >>MORE

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Al Mutaiwe'e leads World Cup


Design finalised for A1 Grand Prix car


Every intention to bring F1 to Dubai, says King


Dubai in talks to buy F1 team


Al Mutaiwee needs to be on his toes to hold off rivals


Khalid captures Middle East rally championship lead


UAE riders turn on the power


Al Mazrouei new king of the Hill


DTCM to host Kyosho world championship


Autodrome set to rev off today


Jaguar Team sees potential of Middle East producing F-1 drivers


Dubai blitzes past Bahrain to host A1 Grand Prix


Dubai Autodrome set to host exciting Super Racing Weekend


Khalid content with second spot, for now


Al Attiyah reigns supreme


Al Attiyah takes firm grip after first round


Stage set for thrilling race among evenly-matched rivals


Dubai to impose itself as a motor sports hub


Emirates Rally to kick off on Wednesday


Rally champ Bin Sulayem revs for world super truck record


De Villiers, Koizumi sway 'Palm'


Starry line-up on display as Desert Challenge set to kick off


UAE Desert Challenge prologue at The Palm


5,000 motor racing fans watch the best trial bike riders in the capital


Desert Challenge set to be largest ever in its history


Abdullah to go all out for victory


First UAE kite-buggy team joins 800 international participants for an 800 km desert run in Australia


Enthralling contests order of day


Al Mutawi to compete in Dakar Rally


Middle East's first Autodrome in Dubai


Bin Sulayem proves his class again


Sulayem lands Qatar Rally


Bin Sulayem to stage comeback


Champion Middle East Rally driver looks for sponsor


Bin Sulayem wins the FIA Middle East Championship


Top stars for Abu Dhabi International 24-hour Endurance Karting Race


Emphatic win puts Sulayem on track for 13th rally title