The Qatari has driven his RRC spec Fiesta to class victories in Mexico, Argentina and Australia, and now leads the WRC 2 standings by 17 points from Formula 1 ace Robert Kubica.
With a break now until Al-Kuwari’s final WRC 2 point-scoring event at Wales Rally GB, the boss of his Seashore Qatar Rally Team has organised an additional outing on the mixed asphalt and gravel round in Spain in an M-Sport prepared Fiesta RS WRC.
“I received a call from the team owner – Mr. Salim Al-Mhannadi – telling me that I would have at least one rally behind the wheel of a Fiesta RS WRC this season as reward for our hard work and good results. I would like to thank him very much for this opportunity,” said Al-Kuwari.
The rally will be Al-Kuwari’s first taste of competition in the Fiesta WRC, but not his first in a World Rally car. With two previous outings at the WRC’s highest level, the Qatari is one of a handful of drivers to boast a championship point from a competitive debut when he secured tenth overall on his maiden WRC event at the 2012 Acropolis Rally.
“This car is much faster than the Fiesta RRC I am used to so we will need some time to get used to it. Our first goal is always to finish all the stages and make it to the finish ramp. Of course a top 10 finish would be fantastic, and if I’m honest, I really want to beat my best result of 10th place overall."
“That said, we’ll be back in the RRC for Wales Rally GB as our focus is very much centred on the WRC 2 championship which we are currently leading. We’ll have to wait and see what lies in store for next year, but I am a very ambitious guy so if my sponsor decides to go for a full WRC program, I will be ready as always,” he added.