Dubai In­ter­na­tional Baja

The ATCUAE yes­ter­day un­der­lined its plans to es­tab­lish the new Dubai In­ter­na­tional Baja as the coun­try’s sec­ond top-flight event in the world of cross-coun­try ral­ly­ing.

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Sec­ond round of World Cup

Tak­ing place from March 9-11 in the Al Qu­dra desert, the three-day event is or­gan­ised by Tour­ing Club of UAE and held un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikh Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. The 2017 Dubai In­ter­na­tional Baja is the sec­ond round of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross Coun­try Ral­lies for cars and bug­gies and the open­ing round of the FIM Ba­jas World Cup for bikes and quads.

Start of desert swing

The Baja is the first of a three-event Mid­dle East desert swing for the world’s top cross-coun­try rally drivers and rid­ers. The new ad­di­tion to the World Cup cal­en­dar is fol­lowed by the Abu Dhabi Desert Chal­lenge, from April 1-7, and Qatar’s Sealine Cross Coun­try Rally, from April 16-21.

A top baja event in the FIA

“We’re proud to be cre­at­ing a sec­ond, world-class cross-coun­try rally in the UAE and look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing it into one of the top baja events in the FIA and FIM cal­en­dars,” ATCUAE pres­i­dent Mo­hammed ben Su­layem said. “We thank Sheikh Ham­dan and the Dubai Ruler’s Court for con­sis­tently sup­port­ing our ef­forts to de­velop mo­tor sport events which al­low lo­cal competitors to share a world stage with the best from around the globe.”

Open for­mat

The event ef­fec­tively re­places the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Rally, which was re­stricted to rally cars. The Baja is open for bug­gies, bikes and quads, as well as cars.

Wor­thy suc­ces­sor

“The Dubai In­ter­na­tional Rally has an in­deli­ble place in the his­tory of UAE mo­tor­sport and has given me so many great mem­o­ries over the years as a com­peti­tor and or­gan­iser,” Ben Su­layem said. “Its suc­cess pro­vides a pow­er­ful plat­form to launch the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Baja into a new era for mo­tor­sport in the UAE and the Mid­dle East re­gion.”

Cour­tesy ACTUAE

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