Third round of Qatar Baja to­day

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter

Ten driv­ers will bat­tle it out for top hon­ours in the third round of the Qatar Manateq Baja se­ries to­day. The cham­pi­onship, or­gan­ised by the Qatar Mo­tor and Mo­tor­cy­cle Fed­er­a­tion (QMMF), will tra­verse through the desert ter­rain of Sealine and Khor Al Udaid, which will con­sist of a num­ber of marked cour­ses.

Yes­ter­day, the ad­min­is­tra­tive checks were carried out at the QMMF head­quar­ters, fol­lowed by scru­ti­neer­ing af­ter which 11 ve­hi­cles were cleared to par­tic­i­pate in the T1, T2 and T3 cat­e­gories. The cer­e­mo­nial start will be held to­day at 8am, fol­lowed by the rally in chal­leng­ing ter­rains. The prize dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony is sched­uled at 6:30pm.

Qatar’s Sheikh Ha­mad al-Thani and Mo­hammed al-Meer are the front-run­ners for the ti­tle. The cham­pi­onship will re­sume af­ter a gap of five months, with first two rounds of the se­ries held in April. The six-leg se­ries will have two rounds in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber be­fore com­ing to an end in Jan­uary 2019.

It will be busy sea­son at the QMMF as bee­hive of ac­tiv­i­ties has been planned. The Manateq In­ter­na­tional Rally of Qatar, the fi­nale to the 2018 FIA Mid­dle East Rally Cham­pi­onship is the mar­quee event to look for­ward to and it will be held from Novem­ber 15-17.

QMMF Pres­i­dent Ab­dul­rah­man al-Man­nai was ex­cited for the start of new sea­son and said a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties have been lined up ahead. “It’s go­ing to be a busy sea­son. Next month we will have the hugely pop­u­lar Manateq Qatar In­ter­na­tional Rally. That will host the big names in mo­tor rac­ing. We will spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing that week,” he said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to this week’s round. We are very ex­cited at this point in time. We have planned a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties right through­out the sea­son, like we al­ways do. We shall give more de­tails in the com­ing days,” al-Man­nai said.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive checks and scru­ti­neer­ing were carried out at the QMMF head­quar­ters yes­ter­day, on the eve third round of the Qatar Manateq Baja se­ries.

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