Khalid Al Qassimi
||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Here’s what makes him special:
• He’s helping the next generation of Middle East drivers by leading a young driver scheme with Citroën Racing and Abu Dhabi
• Showed his bravery by winning the inaugural Colin’s Crest Award for leaping 36 metres at Rally Sweden on his event debut
• A speed freak, back home in Abu Dhabi his runabout is a customised 1000bhp Toyota Land Cruiser
The story so far
Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal bin Sultan Al Qassimi’s is one of the biggest stars in Middle East rallying.
He burst onto the scene in 2002, winning both the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) Gp N and United Arab Emirates
Championship titles in his debut season. He then went on to win the Middle East title outright in 2005.
The draw of World Rally Championship competition proved too much to resist in 2005 and 2006, as Sheikh Khalid offset his MERC
commitments with a programme of events in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship.
A string of consistent results in the PWRC helped the UAE driver to step up into the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team in 2007
and he went on to tackle nearly 40 WRC rounds during the next five years with the squad.
After a year out in 2012, Sheikh Khalid completed a seven-round programme with Citroën in 2013 and will continue behind the
wheel of one of the French squad’s DS3 WRCs in Sweden, Portugal, Italy and Spain this season. He will also drive a Citroën
in the Middle East Rally Championship.
||Winner FIA Middle East Cup for Drivers of Production Cars Champion
||Winner FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Drivers Champion
||WRC debut in Grecce
||Twelth in World Rally Championship with six points
||Twelth in World Rally Championship with twelth points
||Fourteenth in World Rally Championship with fifeen points