It will be 10 years this year since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stepped out of the motor sport wilderness and ran the Hail International Rally for the first time as a small club event in 2006 and then as a larger national rally in 2007.
The Hail-based event was a candidate round for the FIA International Cross-Country Cup for Bajas in 2007 and took its place as a round of the prestigious FIA series in 2008 and 2010.
The 10th Hail International Rally will be a four-day event, with a super special stage and three demanding selective sections in the desert.”
The Hail route is finalized and confirmed. The opening super
special stage will be held after the ceremonial start in Hail on March 19 before three desert stages take place on March 20, 21 and 22.
1,200km of competition is confirmed, over a wide variety of terrain, including gravel trails, sand dunes, areas of tricky navigation etc…
Hail rally popularity grew quickly as motor sport blossomed in the Kingdom and the recent Dakar Rally winners, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel, won the Hail event in a BMW X3.
In 2008. Qatari Al-Attiyah teamed with Timo Gottschalk to claim a second win three years later with a Volkswagen Race Touareg.
Yazeed Al-Rajhi also has a successful record on the Hail Rally. The Saudi claimed victory with Baumel in 2009 in a Nissan Navara and in 2010 in a Mitsubishi Racing Lancer. He snatched a third title in 2012 with Filipe Palmeiro at the wheel of a Mini All4 Racing.
TEXT: Emilio Mocibob, source Arab News
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