YASIR SEAIDAN(sau) 1.75m
Rally driving, travelling, picnics
SAMF, Dunkin Donuts, KSA
2020: 9th (Mini)
2016: 39th (3rd in T2 class)
2014: Ab. Stage 5 (Polaris)
2020: Baja Ha’il, Andalucia Rally (9th)
2019: Qatar Rally (4th), Al Ula Neom Rally (2nd), Rally Qassim
Russian Baja (5th), Dubai Baja (3rd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Qatar Baja (3rd), Morocco Rally (23rd)
2018: Russian Baja (5th), Dubai Baja (3rd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Qatar Baja (3rd), Morocco Rally (23rd)
2015: UAE BAJA, Egypt Rally, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
2013 FIA T3 World Cup winner
2013: T3 winner of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Qatar Rally, Hung, Morocco Rally (22nd, winner in T3 SSV)
“When I come to rallies, I feel alive”
While all eyes in Saudi Arabia were set on local hero Yazeed Al Rajhi on the past Dakar rallies, his compatriot Yasir Seaidan has become a new contender for the top places of the standings. Born in Riyadh, he would, as a child, spend most of his free time playing football or enjoying family weekends in the desert riding a quad. And that of course led to racing. Close to becoming a professional footballer he decided to focus on racing at the age of 21. And slowly switched from quads to cars. After winning the SSV FIA World Cup in 2013, he witnessed his first Dakar in 2014 behind the wheel of a Polaris. Sadly the first adventure of the now 43-year-old ended as soon as stage 5. After driving a RZR 900 through the deserts of South America, Seaidan returned to the Dakar in a completely different vehicle, a Toyota VDJ200 that he managed to take to 39th spot overall, finishing 3rd of the T2 class. The Dakar switch to Saudi Arabia gave this father of five (4 boys and one girl) new ambitions as he reappeared four years later in a Mini All4Racing prepared by the X-Raid team. Alongside Aleksei Kuzmich who lived his first Dakar back in 2009 and even finished third of the truck race with Ardavichus in 2012, Seaidan managed to sneak into the Top 10, a fine 9th spot. After learning from the best (Sainz, Peterhansel), the businessman in real estate has decided to change vehicles for his fourth Dakar. He indeed joined the SRT Racing team and will be driving an Century CR6 that conquered a stage last year thanks to Mathieu Serradori. Still with Kuzmich, “Yas” now hopes to carry on improving with the ultimate goal to win the Dakar at home.
Y.S.: “I come from a real estate family. It’s not easy to be a professional driver and a businessman at the same time. Sometimes I become a rally dirver at 100% but during the year I focus on rallying at 20%. I started on a quad when I was 8 years old and raced as of 2002. As a child I never dreamt of being a professional rally driver. I just did it for fun. I loved driving in the deserts and the dunes. In the winter we would go camping in the desert and stay for two weeks. I was driving for fun but I got more experience and one of my friends asked me: why don’t we go and race? We didn’t have a federation in Saudi then so I would go to Kuwait, Qatar or the Emirates to compete there. Until 2012 there were no races for bikes so I decided to change for cars. I actually started in a SSV on a local race in Saudi and then did the FIA World Cup winning the first T3 class title.
When I come to rallies, I feel I’m alive. There’s the excitement. I love the community. You go to other planets when you come to the rallies. You see people who love the sport like you do. It changes my mood. It takes me away from business. When I go back to work I feel fresh. The feeling in the car is hard to explain. It’s super exciting. You have to be focused all the time. You have to find a balance between pushing and being patient. The difference between the results of the drivers is the mistakes. The fewer mistakes you do the better the result.
I like speed but in today’s world you’re not allowed to. At the rallies, you have the right to go fast and be crazy, but at the same time I have to be patient. My goal is to win in as many categories as possible. I won in T3 and T2, now I’m focused on T1. And of course now that the Dakar is in Saudi my goal is to win the Dakar.
SRT have a very good car. I’ve been watching them for two years. Sometimes, it’s not about the teams and the big names, it’s about the car. I was lucky enough to be in many teams. I learned a lot from Carlos Sainz or Stephane Peterhansel. I hope to one day be as one of them.”
- Mark : CENTURY
- Model : CR6
- Performance tuner : Custom built, Century Racing / SRT
- Assistance : SRT Racing
- Class : T1.2 diesel modified A-T 4x4
All news of Y. Seaidan
Seaidan hits a snag
Yasir Seaidan, the fastest driver at the first checkpoint, has screeched to a halt due to a mechanical at km 190. The Saudi still has no idea how long it will take him to fix it.
Watch out for Serradori and Seaidan!
Mathieu Serradori is eager to make amends after missing out on the stage win due to a broken steering ball joint yesterday. The Frenchman is in the lead group, 39″ ahead of Yasir Seaidan, who has just moved into the provisional lead by 16″ over Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Better times for Seaidan and Serradori
After three difficult stages full of pitfalls and bad luck, Yasir Seaidan and Mathieu Serradori finally saw their prospects take an upturn on completion of the first half of the marathon stage. The two Century drivers even managed to finish in the top 10! During the special, the French crew even stopped next to Brian Baragawanath, also a Century driver (and engineer)....
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