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Lit­tle-known Pol­ish driver

Aron Domzala finds him­self in the spot­light at the Abu Dhabi Desert Chal­lenge, which starts with a su­per spe­cial stage at the Al For­san In­ter­na­tional Re­sort on Satur­day. The Over­drive Rac­ing Toy­ota Hilux driver be­gan his first full cam­paign in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Coun­try Ral­lies in su­perb style and leads the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship by 11 points. Af­ter claim­ing vic­tory in Fe­bru­ary’s Baja Rus­sia, Domzala and nav­i­ga­tor Szy­mon Gospo­dar­czyk fin­ished sixth in the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Baja, the first of two events be­ing or­gan­ised by the Au­to­mo­bile and Tour­ing Club of the UAE in the space of a month. Now the Pole faces the for­mi­da­ble task of hold­ing on to that lead over five gru­elling days of com­pe­ti­tion in the desert of Abu Dhabi against some of the most po­tent ri­vals in the sport. Both Qatar’s Nasser Al At­tiyah and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qas­simi will be tar­get­ing the top step of the podium. The event fin­ishes at the Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit in the cap­i­tal on April 6.

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