DOHA: This year’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, organised by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), will be fought out over four desert selective sections and will feature a longer route but a shorter timetable. The event is the third round of the 2013 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and takes place from April 22 to 26.
Qatar’s premier off-road event entered the FIA and FIM World Championships for the first time in April last year and was an unmitigated success with local hero Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah winning the car category with an Overdrive Toyota Hilux, Spaniard Marc Coma achieving success with his KTM 450 in the motorcycle category and Poland’s Rafal Sonik winning the quad class on a Honda TRX.
Run under the guidance of Attiyah, president of the QMMF, this year’s event will run over just four desert special stages. Britain’s Fred Gallagher will act as event director and Portugal’s Pedro Almeida has been appointed as clerk of the course for the second year. Jaime Santos and Marwan Musabah have compiled the road books.
The FIM section for motorcycles and quads will run under clerk of the course Iain Black and deputy clerk of the course Rashid Abdullah Al Sulaiti. “This year there will be no super special stage,” confirmed Almeida.