The Middle East is a rapidly growing market for motorsport, with racetracks and rally stages in different Middle East countries – including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar – hosting, in present day, plenty of international, regional and local racing activities.
However, this growth cannot be fully attributed to race organizers and racetracks, for racing teams are also part of this ongoing expansion, and the quintessential success story is Abu Dhabi Racing.
Abu Dhabi Racing is an Abu Dhabi-based squad working on a number of initiatives designed to bolster the Emirate and Middle East’s presence in global motorsport.
The team’s motorsport presence isn’t limited to regional participations; the Abu Dhabi Racing logo can be also spotted all over the world thanks to a partnership with multiple World Rally Championship-winning manufacturers, Citroen.
Abu Dhabi Racing and Citroen’s partnership extends to regional events, with Sheikh Khaled Al Qassimi currently being powered to stage wins and race victories in a Citroen DS3 RRC.
Al Qassimi leads a young and ambitious line-up of drivers in Abu Dhabi Racing, consisting of Mohamed Al Mutawaa, Mansoor Belhelei, Mohammed Al Sahlawi and Saeed Bintouq.
Abu Dhabi Racing’s developing drivers shone through at the Abu Dhabi Rally and Oman Rally – candidate rallies for the 2015 Middle East Rally Championship – where they all finished within the top 8, including an overall victory for Al Qassimi on his home turf at the Abu Dhabi Rally.
Khalid Al Qassimi and his squad have played an important role in making the candidate rallies a success, and the fact that Abu Dhabi Racing has been present in almost every rally in the Middle East shows that Al Qassimi is a big supporter of rallying in the region and is pushing to further enhance Rallying’s image in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi Racing’s next target is the Dubai International Rally this week where they are expected to show up with the usual drivers’ line-up and prove once again that they are one of the strongest rallying forces in the Middle East.