TransAnatolia 2017

link.png Al Attiyah e Sunderland i più veloci ad Abu Dhabi


Partenza ADDC 201725 moto, 14 quad e 34 auto hanno preso il via oggi per l'edizione 2017 dell'Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, meglio conosciuto ormai come ADDC. Il prologo, o meglio la Super Speciale, era costituita da due giri di un brevissimo tracciato utilizzato più per far spettacolo che per una vera e propria classifica, ma in ogni caso ci sono stati dei vincitori e ora si decreterà l'ordine di partenza per domani, prima vera tappa della gara che apre il Campionato del Mondo FIM CCR.

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah su Toyota, Sam Sunderland su Ktm e il pilota del Kuwait, Fahad Al-Musallam su quad Yamaha sono i vincitori della prima sfida cronometrata dell'ADDC 2017, al termine di una breve speciale allestita presso l'Al-Forsan International Sports Resort che moto e quad hanno affrontato due alla volta e in ordine contrario rispetto alla numerazione. Al Musallam in realtà ha chiuso terzo assoluto, con un tempo davvero eccezionale, inserendosi in mezzo ai migliori rider delle due ruote staccando un tempo di 1"7 più lento di Sunderland. I distacchi sono abbastanza piccoli e alle spalle della Toyota Hi Lux di Nasser Al Attiyah e Mathieu Baumel si trovano il pilota ceco di WRC, Martin Prokop su Ford e il russo Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini) rispettivamente staccati dal vincitore di 4"4 il ceco e di 4"9 il russo. Khalid Al-Qassimi’s partito in questa gara con la nuova DKR 3008 Peugeot si deve accontentare del sesto posto a 6" dal primo e dietro al giovane Abu Issa su Mini - quarto - e Aron Domzala su Toyota, quinto. Per i colori italiani ottima prestazione di Eugenio Amos undicesimo assoluto su Buggy 2 ruote motrici.

Nelle moto invece alle spalle del vincitore della Dakar 2017 si trovano il compagno di squadra, Antoine Meo a soli sei decimi, e il cileno Pablo Quintanilla su Husqvarna a 2"7 dal primo. Più indietro le Honda con Paulo Goncalves solo ottavo assoluto, settimo delle due ruote, mentre Kevin Benavides è undicesimo assoluto, ma davanti si ritrova ben 3 quad. Sesta posizione fra i quad per il campione polacco Rafal Sonik. Tutti al traguardo i nostri italiani: Aglioni è il migliore con il 25° tempo assoluto, davanti a Camelia Liparoti, 29. e Carlo Seminara, 38°.

La gara prenderà il via domani con la prima tappa che dopo aver lasciato lo Yas Marina Circuit di Abu Dhabi porterà i piloti nel deserto: il percorso complessivo di 418,96 km prevede un primo trasferimento di 107 chilometri e mezzo fino alla partenza della speciale di 276,59 km. Un trasferimento finale di 34 chilometri e mezzo condurrà la carovana del rally verso il bivacco vicino al Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. La zona che ospiterà il bivacco della competizione è situata nel desolato deserto Rub Al-Khali poco lontano dalla frontiera con l'Arabia Saudita.

Le classifiche sono disponibili su : http://timing.sporttraxx.com/races/

English Version

ABU DHABI (UAE) –Saturday, April 1st 2017: Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Dubai-based Englishman Sam Sunderland and Kuwait’s Fahad Al-Musallam claimed the fastest times in the car, motorcycle and quad categories on the two cross-over laps of the very short super special stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN, held at the Al-Forsan International Sports Resort, on Saturday afternoon. Behind the early pace-setters in their respective categories, former Czech WRC star Martin Prokop (Ford) and Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini) and were second and third quickest in the cars behind Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Hilux. Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi’s first competitive kilometres in his new Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 3008 DKR resulted in a cautious sixth.

Frenchman Antoine Meo (KTM) and Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) rounded off the top three on two wheels behind Sunderland’s factory KTM. Aussie Lee Stephens pushed hard on his KTM 500 EXC to finish sixth, but is not eligible for the FIM World Championship.

Yamaha-mounted Al-Musallam, the winner of the recent Dubai International Baja’s quad section, snatched a 4.8-second lead over Dutchman Kees Koolen, while Peru’s Alexis Hernandez Ponce was third quad home.  Cars were flagged away from the start by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, and event founder and ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. “It’s all systems go now for everyone for the next five days,” said Ben Sulayem. “We had a competitors’ briefing at Yas Marina this morning and our team emphasised, once again, the importance of safety and personal well being on the rally, as we head deep into some of the most beautiful desert terrain on the planet.”

Twenty-five motorcycles, 14 quads and 34 cars left the start and the honour of running first on the road for the stage was handed to the duo of Koolan and Guatemala’s Rodolfo Schippers. Quads and motorcycles ran in pairs in reverse order, although local rider Mohammed Al-Balooshi was given the task of being the first bike and moving ahead of Pablo Quintanilla for the ceremonial start on his Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM.

Qatar’s Mohammed Al-Meer and Khalid Al-Mohannadi were non-starters from the original entry list and Dubai-based American dentist Mike Ziegler was demoted to a national category running behind the last T3 car after homologation issues with his Toyota Prado. Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Al-Malki, meanwhile, switched his Isuzu D-Max from T2 to the T1 category, but Colombian driver Antonio Marmolejo suffered mechanical issues and was not able to start at the 11th hour. Seven cars started the event in the T2 category for series production cross-country vehicles and the fastest time fell to Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saeidan in his Toyota Land Cruiser by a mere tenth of a second from the local driver Mansoor Al-Helai. Defending FIA T2 World Champion Adel Hussein finished several seconds behind in his Nissan Patrol. First blood in the T3 section went to the Frenchman Patrice Garrouste in his Polaris RZR 100. Ahmed Al-Maqoodi, the winner of the 2016 Dubai International Rally, was second. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from Al Dafrah Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit. Tomorrow (Sunday) the real meat of the desert action gets underway with the first of five selective sections of 276.59km. The stage starts to the east of Arjan, south of Abu Dhabi, and finishes 19km to the north of Hameem on a major truck road en route to the event’s purpose-built bivouac near the remote Qasr Al Sarab desert resort. This is situated close to the desolate Rub Al-Khali and the Saudi Arabian frontier.

 

2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – positions after SSS (Saturday - unofficial):

Auto

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive          1min 46.7sec

2. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford F-150 Evo                             1min 51.1sec

3. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) Mini All4 Racing           1min 51.6sec

4. Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Mini All4 Racing           1min 51.7sec

5. Aron Domzala (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Toyota Hilux Overdrive          1min 52.7sec

6. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)/Khalid Al-Kendi (ARE) Peugeot 3008 DKR              1min 52.8sec

7. Hernan Garces (CHI)/Juan Pablo Latrach (CHI) Ford Ranger                    1min 53.2sec

8. Stephan Schott (DEU)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) Mini All4 Racing                     1min 54.2sec

8. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)/Marek Sykora (SLO) Hummer H3 Evo VII                   1min 54.2sec

10. Jürgen Schröder (DEU)/Maximilian Schröder (DEU) Nissan Navara                    1min 55.3sec

Moto

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory                                                1min 47.5sec

2. Antoine Meo (FRA)          KTM 450 Rally Factory                                                1min 48.1sec

3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna 450 Rally                                               1min 50.2sec

4. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally Factory                                                1min 50.6sec

5. Pierre Alexander Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally                                     1min 51.3sec

6. Lee Stephens (AUS) KTM 500 EXC                                                                  1min 52.7sec

7. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally                                        1min 52.8sec

8. Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda 450 CRF Rally                                        1min 55.5sec

9. Mohammed Al-Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica                              2min 00.7sec

10. Benjamin Melot (FRA) KTM 450 Rally Replica                                       2min 02.7sec

Quads

1. Fahad Al-Musallam (KUW)          Yamaha Raptor 700R                                        1min 49.2sec

2. Kees Koolen (NED) Barren Racer One 690                                                        1min 54.0sec

3. Alexis Hernandez Ponce (PER) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                               1min 54.8sec

4. Maxim Antimirov (KAZ) Honda TRX 700                                                        1min 56.4sec

5. Lucas Innocente (ARG) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                                         1min 57.6sec

6. Rafal Sonik (POL) Honda TRX 700                                                                  1min 57.8sec

7. Khalifa Al-Raeesi (ARE) Honda TRX 700                                                     1min 57.8sec

8. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                                         1min 57.9sec

 


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