Sixth round of the FIA ​​Cross Country World Cup for Cross Country Rally

The Hail International Rally has attracted a large number of participants in its international and national editions, all intending to participate in the last (sixth) round of the 2021 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, which will take place in north-central Saudi Arabia in the period between 6 and 11 December 2021.

The Saudi Federation of Automobiles and Motorcycles is supervising the organization of the rally, and its organizers have managed to attract 29 cars in the international “FIA” ranking, four cars in the “T1 +” category with 2022 specifications, 27 cars in the national ranking, and 29 participants in the two motorcycle categories. The regular and four-wheeled “Quads”, along with three riders in the truck category, point out that a large number of participants are participating in the rally in preparation for the biggest title represented by the Dakar Rally 2022, which will be held next January in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and whose competitive stages will start from Hail.

The Hail International Rally 2021 will consist of in four prove special events that will cross the Nafud Al Kabeer desert, the results of which will be decisive for this season’s drivers’ championship in the Cross Country Rally World Cup. The most notable participant is Qatari driver Nasser bin Saleh Al-Attiyah, who is looking to reach his fifth title, having secured four titles (2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017), and must finish the rally within points to ensure the world title.

The Qatari will compete with the Toyota Hilux T1, and his main competitor will be Argentine teammate Lucio Alvarez, who needs to win the rally title to snatch the world title from his colleague.

The Saudi driver Yazid bin Muhammad Al-Rajhi will also participate in the rally, aboard a Toyota “Hilux”, as he aspires to win it on his land and among his fans, knowing that he has won the title of this rally several times. remember that Yazid has already won the World Cup for Short Desert Rally From the FIA ​​Via Baja to the Portalegre 500 rally in Portugal, last month.

It should be noted that the team Toyota official will participate with three cars in the rally, while its direct competitor will involve the team “X Raid” with four Mini cars, along with strong names, including Czech Miroslav Zapletal in the Ford “F150”. “, and the Russian Vladimir Vasiliev inauto “B”. BMW “X5” model.

In numerical terms, the dominance of light desert vehicles, in their two classes standard Commercial production “T3” and “T4”, in the FIA ​​rankings, mostly “Can-Am” vehicles, where this type of vehicle has seen great popularity. South Racing Middle East alone will field 14 of the 29 vehicles in list, including Saudi pilot Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Saif, Saudi pilots Dania bint Saud Aqeel and Australia’s Molly Taylor.

The rally will include a separate class of auto with specifications for the 2022 season, known as “T1 +”, Czech driver Martin Prokop will participate in aauto Ford developed to the new specifications and Toyota will share two auto “Hilux T1 +” with the French Ronan Chabo and the Argentine Juan Cruz Yacobini, while the Swedish Sebastian Ericsson will test a new T3 Can-Am.

The list of participants in the regular motorcycle and quad categories includes riders from the Gulf, most of whom are from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and participate in the international and local rankings, in particularly the Saudis Abdul Majeed Al Khulaifi and Sultan Al Masoud, who hope to win on their land.

The truck category attracted three entrants, Saudi driver Ibrahim Al-Muhanna, a household name in this category for years, and is participating, as usual, in the Mercedes “Unimog” truck, together with the experienced Japanese drivers, Teruhino Sugawara in the Hino truck, and the Frenchman, Theo Calve, in the Tatra truck.

As mentioned in previously, the Hail International Rally 2021 will consist of four prove special, with a total distance of 1,753 km, of which 969 km of prove timed.

Technical checks and administrative documentation will take place at the rally venue on 6 and 7 December, after which the rally opening ceremony will be held at the Maghawa Conference Center on Tuesday 7 December at 6pm.

The competitive phases of the rally will take place from Wednesday 8 December to Saturday 11 December.

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