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Munich. The 2017 #dubai International Baja takes place 9-11 March 2017 and is the second round of the prestigious FIA Cross Country #rally World Cup – a championship that has seen #mini lift the World Cup title no less than four times (2012-2015). The #dubai International Baja was, until 2015, formerly known as #dubai International #rally and as such is the longest running motorsport #event to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
Official prerace procedures for the start of #dubai International Baja begin Thursday 9 March with the regulatory signing-on of competitors and scrutineering of race equipment and, of course, the competing machinery. Race action begins on Friday 10 March with the competitors grouped at the Bab Al Shams #event arena complex before departing to start the first of two Special Stages. A third, and final, Special Stage takes place on Saturday 11 March. Total race distance including liaison is given as 476 km.
Two #mini ALL4 #racing cars will be amongst the competitors of the FIA class and crewed by privateers from the #mini Family. Fresh from a successful first Dakar #rally competition at the controls of a #mini ALL4 #racing and wearing race number 309 is Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa. Joining Abu Issa in a #mini cockpit once again is co-driver #xavierpanseri of France. Together these two stalwarts of desert #racing managed an incredible 10th place finish at this year’s Dakar #rally despite it being their first competitive race in the same cockpit.
Also lining up at the Bab Al Shams starting stage will be #rally veterans #vladimirvalisyev and co-driver #konstantinzhiltsov (304). This duo has proved on many occasions they are a force to be reckoned with over all manner of #rally terrain and regardless of weather conditions. The Russian duo will obviously be looking to achieve another win with a #mini ALL4 #racing – the last coming on 14th January, when they crossed the finish line of the ninth Africa Eco Race (Monaco to Dakar) in first place.
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