Wednesday | 01 Apr 2015

Al Qassimi lines up Argentina debut

Khalid Al Qassimi will make his first WRC appearance of the season at this month’s Xion Rally Argentina (23 - 26 April).

Al Qassimi, who brings Abu Dhabi support to Citroën Racing, will join Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg in the French team’s DS 3 World Rally Cars for the fourth round of the championship.

It will be his first appearance in Argentina and he is one of 14 World Rally Cars in the 60-car entry, which also includes drivers competing in the FIA Codasur regional and Argentine national championships.

Some regional and national crews will tackle the full four-day event under new rules which allow cars approved by the host country’s motorsport authority to take part in WRC rounds outside Europe. Others will compete in a separate event over the first three days.

The 10 WRC 2 entries are headed by series leader Jari Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5) and other frontrunners include Nicolas Fuchs (Fiesta R5), Yurii Protasov and Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (both Fiesta RRCs).

Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC 2 winner Stéphane Lefebvre is also entered in Citroën’s DS 3 R5 but will not score points as Argentina is not one of his nominated rounds.

Other entries include former world No 3 tennis player David Nalbandian in a Chevrolet Agile, ex-Munchi’s World Rally Team pilot Federico Villagra and 2012 PWRC runner-up Marcos Ligato.

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