Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge:domani il via con la Super Speciale
Una speciale corta, che fa soprattutto spettacolo. Comincerà così questa 26. edizione (il rally era nato a Dubai e si è poi spostato ad Abu Dhabi negli anni) con questa super speciale che si correrà ad Al Forsan International Sports Resort ad Abu Dhabi. Dal 3 aprile poi il rally raid si sposterà nella zona più ad ovest, nella regione di Al Gharbia e fino al 7 dello stesso mese i piloti si batteranno in una gara che è considerata non a torto una delle più impegnative del panorama mondiale.
Valida per il Campionato del Mondo Rally Cross COuntry della FIM e per la Coppa del Mondo Fia di specialità, l'ADDC figura come prima prova per le due ruote, e anche per i quad, e come seconda invece per le auto. Cinque giorni di gara, in pieno deserto, a fare una scorpacciata di sabbia e navigazione con cinque speciali che non superano mai i 300 chilometri: 278.04km, 278.90km, 280.06km, 257.87km and 234.01km. Fra gli italiani al via oltre ad Eugenio Amos con un Polaris del team Xtreme Plus anche l'equipaggio femminile della Tecnosport, composto da Valentina Casella e Giulia Maroni; inoltre Umberto Fiori sarà il copilota della pilota giapponese, Keiko Hamaguchi. Fra le moto ci saranno Carlo Seminara e nei quad, Camelia Liparoti.
Ecco il programma giorno per giorno: Saturday: Super Special Spectator Stage - Al Forsan International Sports Resort – partenza alle 15.
Domenica, 3 aprile: Yas Marina Circuit Stage 1 (278km)Lunedì, 4 aprile : ADNOC Stage 2 (279km)
Martedì, 5 aprile: Al Ain Water Stage 3 (280km)Mercoledì 6 aprile,: Nissan Patrol Stage 4 (258km)
Giovedì, 7 aprile: Abu Dhabi Aviation Stage 5 (234km). Arrivo: Yas Marina Circuit alle 16,30 del pomeriggio, premiazione alle 20.
ABU DHABI (UAE): No less than six MINI ALL4 Racing will line up for the second round of the 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup. The season opener for MINI and its iconic MINI ALL4 Racing is the highly regarded Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which MINI with X-raid Team and the MINI ALL4 Racing have won four times (2011, 2013-2015).
The six MINI ALL4 Racing cars with their crews will line up for the start of the 26th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge on 2nd April at the Yas Marina Circuit, part of the spectacular Al Forsan International Sports Resort, where they will compete in a Super Special Stage – an action-filled event where all competing crews will race against the clock to determine the starting order for the next day’s Leg 2 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Leg 2 through to Leg 4 will see the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge move to the Liwa Desert – a desert region notorious for its fine sand and undulating dunes. The competitors will not only have to deal with strength-sapping terrain but also the heat associated with dry desert conditions. The daytime temperature in the Liwa Oasis region is already pushing past 30̊c, but should not be a problem to the experienced and extremely race fit MINI ALL4 Racing crews.
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge ends 7th April when the action of the final day (Leg 5) finishes with the competitors returning to Abu Dhabi city for the podium presentation and race end celebrations at Yas Marina.
South Racing is making the final preparations for the first of two gruelling desert cross-country rallies in the space of four weeks and is counting down to the start of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round two of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. One of the world’s most difficult automotive off-road challenges takes place across the remotest terrain in the Abu Dhabi emirate of the UAE on April 2nd-7th. The Germany-based team is looking after a pair of Toyota Hiluxes for Spanish driver Fernando Alvarez and his Argentinean navigator Luciano Gennoni and the experienced Venezuelan duo of Nunzio Coffaro and Daniel Meneses. Alvarez and Gennoni have been given the number 227 for their Conarpesa-backed Toyota that finished 14th overall at the opening round of the FIA World Cup in the snowy wastelands of Karelia in Russia in February and also took them to fourth overall in last year’s Desafio Guarani in Paraguay and eighth at the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina. Coffaro will run the Team Azimut Venezuela Toyota with additional backing from PDVSA, Toyota, Venezuela Tourism and the Ministerio Desportes. Coffaro and Meneses finished ninth overall in Russia and the Venezuelan driver holds 12th in the FIA World Cup standings. “Straight after the Baja Russia we returned to the workshops in Germany to get the two Toyotas ready for shipment to the Middle East and our first challenge in Abu Dhabi,” said South Racing’s managing director Scott Abraham. “This is one of the most difficult events in the world. The terrain is stunning and a superb chance for our drivers to compete on very difficult sand dunes in extreme temperatures that are as much of a challenge for the drivers and navigators as they are for the cars. “This event is Abu Dhabi, where it is possible to see temperatures climb into the forties Centigrade, is a far cry from the last rally in Russia, where we had sub-zero temperatures, ice and snow. It just shows the diversity of cross-country rallying and the demands placed on our cars in the FIA World Cup.” South Racing was founded in 2013. Based near Frankfurt in Germany, the young, customer-driven team also has workshops in Portugal and has extensive experience of the Dakar Rally and rallying in South America. The competition kicks off with a short super special stage at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina racing circuit on Saturday, April 2nd, but the real meat of the off-road action takes place in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter over the subsequent five days and five gruelling desert stages – punishing heat, soft sand and tricky navigation adding to the perils for the competitors on stages of 278.04km, 278.90km, 280.06km, 257.87km and 234.01km.The event finishes at the Yas Marina circuit on Thursday, April 7th.