Khalid Al Qassimi
|Date of Birth:||18.02.1972|
|First Rally:||2004, Greece|
|Team:||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 Racing
• Showed his bravery by winning the inaugural Colin’s Crest Award for leaping 36 metres at Rally Sweden on his event debut in 2008
• 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.
|Rally Sweden||WRC||Chris Patterson||16.||0|
|Vodafone Rally de Portugal||WRC||Chris Patterson||13.||0|
|Rally Italia Sardegna||WRC||Chris Patterson||10.||1|
|2011||Fourteenth in World Rally Championship with fifeen points|
|2010||Twelth in World Rally Championship with twelth points|
|2009||Twelth in World Rally Championship with six points|
|2004||Winner FIA Middle East Rally Championship for Drivers Champion|
|2004||WRC debut in Grecce|
|2002||Winner FIA Middle East Cup for Drivers of Production Cars Champion|