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  • 02 Mar 2024
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Al-Attiyah wins the 2024 Abu Dhabi Desert Rally champion for the fourth time

Today, Saturday, March 2, the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally competitions, which are held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, and organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Motorcycle and Motorcycle Organization, concluded.
The fifth and final stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally (Abu Dhabi Air Stage) started for a distance of 206 km, from Mahjar Hamim to the Al Fadiya area, after which the competitors arrived at the Nation Towers on the Abu Dhabi Corniche to take the podium, and then a ceremony for crowning the winners was held at the ADNOC Business Center.
The Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and his co-pilot Boulanger were crowned champions of the 33rd edition of the Ultimate Car category. The Czech Prokop came in second place in the overall standings, and the Saudi Yazid Al-Rajhi and his co-pilot Gotzschlak came in third, bringing Al-Attiyah to his coffers his fourth title in the history of the ancient rally.
The Qatari champion had won the title in the years 2008 - 2016 - 2021, so that he could win in 2024 to compensate for his exit last year after the accident he suffered during the third stage, so the two-time world champion jumped from eighth place in the world championship standings, to second place with a score of 67 points behind Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz.
American Austin James and his co-driver Oriol Mina won the Challenger category title, after achieving an overall time of 17:10:50 hours, 4 minutes and 38 seconds behind Lithuanian Baciuska Rokas, and Echevera, with a difference of 46 minutes and 12 seconds.
In the SSV car category, the Emirati Mansour Al-Hali and the Saudi Yasser Al-Saeidan gave a distinguished performance until the last moments of the final stage, so that in the end Al-Hali and his co-driver Khaled Al-Kindi won the category title with a total time of 17:42:37 hours, followed by Al-Saeidan with a difference of two minutes and 42 seconds. This is the second victory for Al Hali in the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally.
South African Aaron Mir was crowned champion of the Rally GB motorcycle race, after topping the overall standings with a time of 16:36:13 hours, away from his Botswana teammate Ross Branch by 39 minutes and 55 seconds.
In the “Quad” motorcycle category, Emirati Abdulaziz Ahli won, after being alone in the lead since the first day with a total time of 20:14:22 hours, moving away from his closest competitor by more than 9 hours, so Ahli wrote a new chapter of his excellence and success in the Abu Dhabi Rally. Desert.
Finally, in the “Rally 2” motorcycle category, Polish Dabrowski snatched the title after achieving a total time of 16:41:09 hours, 14 minutes and 31 seconds ahead of Frenchman Lepin, and 1 hour, 42 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Czech Brabec.
His Excellency Khalid bin Sulayem, President of the Emirates Motor and Motorcycle Organization, said: “Throughout the stages of the 33rd edition of this historic race, we witnessed intense competition and an amazing range of desert driving skills demonstrated by the competitors. We benefited from the enormous infrastructure in various locations, and through our work With many strategic partners, we were able to overcome the challenges, and I especially mention here Abu Dhabi Aviation, the Search and Rescue Centre, and their tireless efforts in all stages of the rally.”
His Excellency Nader Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Airlines, said: “Our partnership with the Emirates Motor and Motorcycle Organization in the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally is very important for us, because the rally provides us with different scenarios that enable us to show another side of our strengths and capabilities, and despite Although the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally is very difficult and takes place in a very harsh environment, this confirms the validity of our partnership with the Emirates Motor and Motorcycle Organization.”
It is worth noting that the Abu Dhabi Desert Rally was organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Motorcycle and Motorcycle Organization, in cooperation with this year’s energy partner, ADNOC Distribution Company. Automotive partner Al-Futtaim Toyota; Abu Dhabi Aviation Company; Search and Rescue Centre; Al Ain water; Government support from the Ministry of Defense, the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Police, Civil Defense, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Al Dhafra Region Municipality, and the media partner, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel.

Overall ranking
"ultimate" cars

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah 16:20:09 hours
2. Yazid Al Rajhi 16:36:34 hours
3. Seth Quintero 16:47:55 hours
cars "challenger"

1. Austin Jones 17:10:50 hours
2. Rokas Baciuszka 17:15:28 hours
3. Hernan Garcés Echevera 17:57:02 hours
SSV cars.

1. Mansour Al-Hali 17:42:37 hours
2. Yasser Al-Saeedan 17:45:19 hours
3. Sebastian Guayasamin 18:18:49 hours
Rally GP motorcycles

1. Arun Mir 16:36:13 hours
2. Ross Branch 17:16:08 hours
Quad motorcycles

1. Abdul Aziz Ahli 20:14:22 hours
2. Hani Al-Noumsi 29:20:50 hours
Rally 2 motorcycles

1. Kornad Dobrawski 16:41:09 hours
2. Jean-Loup Liban 16:55:40 hours
3. Brabek 18:23:50 hours