YASIR SEAIDAN(sau) 1.75m
Rally driving, travelling, picnics
SAMF, Dunkin Donuts, KSA
2016: 39th (3rd in T2 class)
2014: Ab. Stage 5 (Polaris)
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)
New expectations for Seaidan
While all eyes in Saudi Arabia are set on local hero Yazeer Al Rajhi, his compatriot Yasir Seaidan could be one of the good surprises of the next Dakar. The driver from Riyad witnessed his first Dakar in 2014. While he had initially planned to compete in the 2015 edition, an opportunity showed up thanks to the Polaris Racing team and he therefore discovered the event a year earlier. Sadly the first adventure of the 43-year-old from Riyad ended as soon as stage 5. After driving a RZR 900 Polaris 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. After a four year absence, Seaidan is back and is far more ambitious. The Saudi will be behind the steering wheel of a Mini All4Racing prepared by the X-Raid team and after testing out several co-drivers will finally have at his side Frenchman François Cazalet. For his third Dakar Seaidan has the speed and will now have the advantage of knowing the different types of terrain having competed in the Saudi off-road championship including the Al Ula Neom and Qassim rallies that take place on parts of the country that the Dakar will visit.
RACE WORLD TEAM
- Mark : MINI
- Model : JOHN COOPER WORKS RALLY
- Performance tuner : X-RAID
- Assistance : X-RAID
- Class : T1.2 diesel modified A-T 4x4
All news of Y. Seaidan
Terranova and Seaidan within a minute
Nasser Al-Attiyah has already had time to congratulate Carlos Sainz at the finish, but Orlando Terranova and Yasir Seaidan are still pushing hard to snatch the stage win from the Qatari. The two drivers are within one minute of Toyota no. 300 at km 119.
Seaidan looking to finish in style
The leaders have already gone through km 119, but Yasir Seaidan is well positioned to fight for the win at km 69. The Saudi, who wants to shine on home turf one last time, was just 9 seconds slower than Al-Attiyah!
Seaidan grabs a place in the top 3
As on the third stage, Yasir Seaidan has finished the special with a fine third place, 4’48 behind Stéphane Peterhansel. This solid performance from the Saudi driver is putting his countryman Yazeed Al Rajhi in the shade in front of his home crowds!
Seaidan in the top 3
Yasir Seaidan is making quite an impression on the way to Haradh. The Saudi driver has achieved the 3rd best time after 244 km of the special, 3’24 behind Stéphane Peterhansel.
Seaidan gets stuck
Yasir Seaidan was enjoying a fine special, with the third best time after 318 km, until he got stuck in the sand after 418 km! The Saudi driver is struggling to free his vehicle…
Seaidan vaults into the lead
Yasir Seaidan is stealing the show today. The Mini driver has seized the lead at km 214 by 51 seconds over Nasser Al-Attiyah. Bernhard ten Brinke is also in great form at 1'24" back, good enough for third!
Seaidan in top form today
The rest day seems to have had a salutary effect on "the other" Saudi driver, as Yasir Seaidan is matching leader Nasser Al-Attiyah blow for blow after a hundred kilometres!
Seaidan in touch
Having started 50 minutes after the first car, Yasir Seaidan is enjoying a fine start to the first part of the stage. The Saudi only trails Nasser Al-Attiyah by 30 seconds after 150 km!
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