Abu Dhabi, UAE, 5 April 2019: The 29th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan came to a climax with a gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at Yas Marina Circuit.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE and Emirates Motorsport Federation, was joined by Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.
The winners included French driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Andrea Peterhansel who landed the cars’ title and second-time bikes champion Sam Sunderland from the United Kingdom.
Qatari driver Mohammed Al Meer and Russian and co-driver Alexey Kuzmich won the T2 production cars category in a Nissan Patrol.
American Casey Currie captured the buggies title while Kuwaiti Fahad Al Musallam was crowned quads champion.
Taking place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dafrah Region, the event was the second round of the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and buggies and the opening round of this year’s FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship for bikes and quads.
The rally was supported Abu Dhabi Aviation, Abu Dhabi Police, ADNOC, Al Ain Water, Al Dhafra Region Ruler’s Representative Court, National Ambulance, Nissan, United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Yas Marina Circuit.