Next Stop – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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Sebastien Loeb is ready at the 2016 Dakar Rally
Sebastien Loeb is ready at the 2016 Dakar Rally - Image Red Bull Content Pool
Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total performs during stage 8 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Salta to Belen, Argentina on January 11, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total performs during stage 8 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Salta to Belen, Argentina on January 11, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

The wheels of elite level offroad rallying never stop turning. Following an epic Dakar Rally at the start of the year we’re now already knee-deep into another cross-country season. The next stop on the calendar is the 2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a gruelling six-day race across the dunes that is sure to take no prisoners.

ABU DHABI – Looking to defend not only his ADDC crown from last year, but also his FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup title is Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari returns to Abu Dhabi with French co-driver Mathieu Baumel and the pair were in fine form as they picked up the win at the recent Dubai International Baja. The former Dakar winning duo will be out to get maximum performance from their Toyota Hilux as they lay the foundations for another successful World Cup season.

Among the challengers to Al-Attiyah is fellow Qatari Mohamed Abu Issa who is part of a strong fleet of MINI drivers contesting the ADDC. As well as battling each other these racers will also be pushed to the limit by intense heat in the Arabian Peninsula and the mountainous sand dunes they will find there.

We are promised plenty of great two-wheeled action running alongside the car category in Abu Dhabi with reigning Dakar bike champion Sam Sunderland involved in the race. British-born Sunderland heads up a rapid Red Bull KTM Factory Team line-up in which he is joined by Austria’s Matthias Walkner and France’s Antoine Méo. Also out to tackle the complete route of over 2,000 kilometres on KTM machinery is the UAE’s Mohammed Balooshi.

KTM’s distinguished riders will hope to maintain their manufacturer’s superb record at the ADDC with a winning streak that stretches back to 2001. Sunderland, Walkner, Méo and Balooshi are out to get the better of their Husqvarna, Honda and Yamaha rivals and put precious FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship points on the board.

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Both cars and bikes get the ADDC underway on Saturday, April 1 with a timed super special stage at the Al-Forsan International Circuit. Then it’s out into the open desert for a further five days of racing before the chequered flag falls at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, April 6.

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