Khalid Al Qassimi

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Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi
ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2013 - Fahrerpräsentation auf dem Roncalliplatz-4703.jpg
Sheikh Khalid with his car and co-driver
Personal information
Nationality United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2004
Teams Citroen, Ford
Rallies 57
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 0
Stage wins 0
Total points 47
First rally 2004 Acropolis Rally

Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal bin Sultan Al Qassimi (Arabic: الشيخ خالد بن فيصل بن سلطان القاسمي‎) is a rally driver from the United Arab Emirates, and a member of the royal house of Al Qasimi who rule the Emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. He is the current champion of the Middle East, and previously won the same title in 2004. Sheikh Khalid also competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Career[edit]

Al Qassimi during the shakedown of the 2009 Cyprus Rally.
Al Qassimi driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 09 at the 2010 Rally Finland.

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi won the FIA Middle East Cup for Drivers of Production Cars in 2002 and the FIA Middle East Rally Championship in 2004.[1]

At the half way stage of the 2007 World Rally Championship season, a joint venture between the BP Ford World Rally Team and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board was announced to bring a third official Focus RS WRC to the team's World Rally Championship campaign. With heavy sponsorship from the latter, Khalid was given a chance to drive alongside Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala in the extra car. Co-driven by Nicky Beech, Khalid Al Qassimi contested Rally Finland, Rallye Deutschland, Rally Catalunya and Rally Ireland. On his debut in Rally Finland, al-Qassimi drove consistently to finish in 16th place overall.

For the 2008 WRC season, he continued with BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, contesting ten events, co-driven by Michael Orr. His best result was ninth at the Jordan Rally. For 2009, Khalid Al Qassimi and co-driver Michael Orr remain with the BP Ford World Rally Team. His season began with a first world championship point by finishing in eighth place on the Rally Ireland; he repeated this feat in Cyprus and Portugal. At the 2011 Rally Australia, he finished with a career-best 5th place.

Titles[edit]

Year Title Car
2002 FIA Middle East Cup for Drivers of Production Cars Champion Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
2004 FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Drivers Champion Subaru Impreza WRX STI

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2004 Khalid Al Qassimi Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE MEX NZL CYP GRE
20
TUR
Ret
ARG FIN GER JPN GBR ITA FRA ESP AUS
Ret
NC 0
2005 Khalid Al Qassimi Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR
33
GRE ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA ESP AUS NC 0
2006 Khalid Al Qassimi Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE
23
GER FIN JPN CYP
13
TUR AUS NZL GBR NC 0
2007 BP Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 06 MON SWE NOR MEX POR ARG ITA GRE FIN
16
GER
16
NZL ESP
14
FRA JPN IRE
15
GBR NC 0
2008 BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 07 MON
16
SWE
26
MEX ARG JOR
9
ITA
16
GRE
12
TUR FIN
11
NC 0
Ford Focus RS WRC 08 GER
14
NZL ESP
21
FRA
12
JPN GBR
16
2009 BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 IRE
8
NOR CYP
8
POR
8
ARG ITA
15
GRE
6
POL FIN
9
AUS
19
ESP
14
GBR
19
12th 6
2010 BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 SWE
13
MEX JOR TUR NZL POR
9
BUL FIN
Ret
GER
8
JPN
Ret
FRA
13
ESP
7
GBR
11
12th 12
2011 Team Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
10
MEX POR
14
JOR
8
ITA
13
ARG GRE FIN
14
GER AUS
5
FRA
12
ESP
12
GBR 14th 15
2013 Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON SWE
Ret
MEX POR
9
ARG GRE
Ret
ITA
10
FIN GER
11
AUS
9
FRA ESP
11
GBR 21st 5
2014 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON SWE
16
MEX POR
13
ARG ITA
10
POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
15
GBR 29th 1
2015 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON SWE MEX ARG
6
POR
24
ITA
10
POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 12th* 8*

* Season in progress.

PWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos. Points
2006 Khalid Al Qassimi Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON MEX ARG GRE JPN CYP
3
AUS NZL 11th 6
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nasser Al-Attiyah
Middle East Rally Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Nasser Al-Attiyah

References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Zee, Tjeerd. "Khaled Al-Qassimi". RallyBase. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 

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