Abu Dhabi Racing

2021: 7th
2020: Ab. Stage 3
2018: 6th
2017: Ab. Stage 11

2021: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Dubai International Baja (2nd)
2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Dubai International Baja (2nd), Baja Jordan (4th), Abu Dhabi Baja (1st)
2018: Rally Argentina (14th), Rally Finland (37th), Rally Turkey (15th), Rally Catalunya (21st)
2017: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (4th), FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies 2WD Trophy (1st)
2016: Morocco Rally (6th), Baja Aragon, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th)
2014: Middle East Rally Championship (2nd)
2004: Middle East Rally Championship (1st)
2002: FIA Middle East Cup for Drivers of Production Cars (1st)
4 x Middle East & UAE Rally Champion
150 starts in WRC, PWRC & MERC
Member of Ford and Citroën WRC factory teams


Al Qassimi to confirm

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi is a man on a mission and dedicated to promoting motorsport in his emirate. He is not just a talented driver, but he also runs his Abu Dhabi Racing team with an iron fist and helps the development of young champions from his homeland. And it's not just about rally-raid. Throughout the season, the Abu Dhabi man criss-crosses the desert. His team also enters cars in endurance and Formula 4. Raised in the desert, he began driving quads and buggies as a youngster with his brother on the family farm. His first love is traditional rallying. After winning the Middle East Championship in 2004, he moved up to the WRC with Ford and then Citroën. Then came rally-raiding, and the Dakar is now his priority. After winning the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and winning the FIA World Cup in the two-wheel-drive category, his Dakar debut in 2017 ended in heartache when he retired on stage 11. His second Dakar was much more conclusive: a fine 6th place behind the wheel of a Peugeot 3008 DKR. While his first Dakar in Saudi Arabia ended in flames, his last was just as promising. With his French co-driver Xavier Panseri, Al Qassimi finished seventh, showing impressive consistency after the rest day. For his 5th participation, he will still be at the controls of a Peugeot prepared by PH Sport. But he will have veteran navigator Dirk Von Zitzewitz, winner of the 2009 Dakar with Giniel De Villiers, by his side.

“To take part in the last Dakar, with no testing and never having competed in a rally before, but being among the best was my goal. It was a new chapter for me. To finish 7th is a great result. I am happy with how we did and that we were able to finish the Dakar.”




  • 3008 DKR
  • Abu Dhabi Racing
  • Abu Dhabi Racing / PH Sport
  • 4×2 Petrol and Diesel

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