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Khalid Al Qassimi

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Nationality:  ARE
Date of Birth: 18.02.1972
Age: 45
Birthplace: Abu Dhabi
First Rally: 2004, Greece

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 15
Car: CITROËN C3 WRC
Team: CITROËN Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Co-driver: Chris Patterson

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Here’s what makes him special:

• As patron of Abu Dhabi Racing, Khalid has helped many young drivers from the Middle East to take their first steps in the WRC.

• 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 2004.

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, his best result coming at Rally Australia in 2011 where he finished fifth overall.

After a year out in 2012, Sheikh Khalid returned to the championship in 2013, now in partnership with Citroën. He tackled a seven-round WRC programme in a DS 3 World Rally Car and combined this with a full season in the Middle East Rally Championship, finishing as runner-up in an RRC-spec car.

Al Qassimi ran similar split programmes in 2014 and 2015, when he contested a handful of WRC rallies and finished as runner-up in the MERC on both occasions.

A four-round WRC campaign with Citroën followed in 2016 as the manufacturer took a season out of full-time competition to prepare for a comeback in 2017.

Khalid will be back for more in 2017 as a driver and patron of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi squad that will run up to four C3 World Rally Cars.

• As patron of Abu Dhabi Racing, Khalid has helped many young drivers from the Middle East to take their first steps in the WRC.

• 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 2004.

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, his best result coming at Rally Australia in 2011 where he finished fifth overall.

After a year out in 2012, Sheikh Khalid returned to the championship in 2013, now in partnership with Citroën. He tackled a seven-round WRC programme in a DS 3 World Rally Car and combined this with a full season in the Middle East Rally Championship, finishing as runner-up in an RRC-spec car.

Al Qassimi ran similar split programmes in 2014 and 2015, when he contested a handful of WRC rallies and finished as runner-up in the MERC on both occasions.

A four-round WRC campaign with Citroën followed in 2016 as the manufacturer took a season out of full-time competition to prepare for a comeback in 2017.

Khalid will be back for more in 2017 as a driver and patron of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi squad that will run up to four C3 World Rally Cars.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2016 WRC 1 0 0 0 Citroen DS3 WRC 0 27.
2015 WRC 5 0 0 0 DS 3 WRC 9 13.
2014 WRC 3 0 0 0 1 29.
2013 WRC 7 0 0 0 5 21.
2011 WRC 8 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta RS WRC 15 14.
2010 WRC 8 0 0 0 Ford Focus RS WRC 12 12.
2009 WRC 9 0 0 0 Ford Focus RS WRC 6 12.
2006 P-WRC 0 0 0 0 Subaru Impreza 6 11.

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