Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is a rally raid race held in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates since 1991. The race is points scoring for the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Originally for cars only, motorcycles are allowed since 1995 and trucks since 2002.[1][2]

The event was founded by former rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem as the UAE Desert Challenge, since it spanned several emirates of the country. Since 2009, the route only includes stages in Abu Dhabi, and the title changed to the current one.[3]

Winners[edit]

Cars[edit]

Year Driver Codriver Car
1991 United Arab Emirates M. Mattar H.A. Bin Shahdoor Land Rover Defender
1992 United Arab Emirates M. Mattar H.A. Bin Shahdoor Land Rover Defender
1993 Qatar Saeed Al-Hajri H. Magne Land Rover Defender
1994 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Schlesser
1995 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Schlesser
1996 France Bruno Saby D. Serieys Mitsubishi Pajero
1997 Finland Ari Vatanen F. Gallagher Citroën Rally Raid
1998 France Jean-Pierre Fontenay G. Picard Mitsubishi Pajero
1999 France Jean-Louis Schlesser H. Magne Schlesser Renault
2000 France Jean-Louis Schlesser A. Lurquin Schlesser Renault
2001 France Jean-Louis Schlesser H. Magne Schlesser Mégane
2002 France Stéphane Peterhansel France Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero
2003 France Stéphane Peterhansel France Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero
2004 Japan Hiroshi Masuoka Germany Andreas Schulz Mitsubishi Pajero
2005 France Stéphane Peterhansel France Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Evo
2006 France Luc Alphand Gilles Picard Mitsubishi Evo
2007 France Stéphane Peterhansel France Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Evo
2008 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Sweden Tina Thorner BMW X3
2009 France Guerlain Chicherit Sweden Tina Thorner BMW X3
2010 Russia Leonid Novitskiy Germany Andreas Schulz BMW X3
2011 France Stéphane Peterhansel France Jean-Paul Cottret Mini All 4 Racing
2012 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Russia Konstantine Zhilstov Schlesser Buggy
2013 Spain Nani Roma France Michel Perin Mini All 4 Racing
2014 Russia Vladimir Vasilyev Russia Konstantin Zhiltsov Mini All 4 Racing

Motorcycles[edit]

Year Rider Motorcycle
1995 Austria Heinz Kinigadner KTM LC4
1996 France Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha M3
1997 Spain Jordi Arcarons KTM 660
1998 Austria Heinz Kinigadner KTM LC4 660
1999 Italy Fabrizio Meoni KTM 660
2000 United States Jimmy Lewis BMW 900 RR
2001 France Cyril Despres KTM 660
2002 France Cyril Despres KTM 660
2003 France Cyril Despres KTM 660
2004 Spain Isidre Esteve KTM 660
2005 France Cyril Despres KTM 660
2006 Spain Marc Coma KTM 660
2007 Spain Marc Coma KTM 660
2008 France Cyril Despres KTM 690
2009 Spain Marc Coma KTM 690
2010 Spain Marc Coma KTM 690 Rally
2011 Spain Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2012 Spain Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2013 Spain Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally
2014 Portugal Paulo Gonçalves Honda

References[edit]

Large MINI contingent at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge // Dakar winner Joan “Nani” Roma starts in the MINI ALL4 Racing Paulo Gonçalves wins 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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