SAVE THE DATE -PRESENTACIÓN DEL DAKAR 2023

JUEVES 1 DE DICIEMBRE, A LAS 11.30 (HORA DE PARIS)

N°218 Coche X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

YASIR SEAIDAN

(sau) 1.75m

Aficiones

Rally driving, travelling, picnics

Sponsors

SAMF, Dunkin Donuts, KSA

2021: 39th (SRT)
2020: 9th (Mini)
2016: 39th (3rd in T2 class)
2014: Ab. Stage 5 (Polaris)

2021: Baja Dubai (3rd), Sharqiyah Baja (1st), Jordan Baja (1st), Baja Aragon, Hungarian Baja, Baja Poland
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)

Interview

“You go to other planets when you come to the rallies”

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 44-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 decided to try a new experience within the SRT Racing Team in a Century CR6 buggy. Despite finishing three stages in the top 10 (including 4th spot on day 3), Seaidan had to settle for a disappointing 39th position overall at the finish in Jeddah. After this short experience, the Saudi driver returns to a good old Mini JCW Racing that he took to second spot of the FIA Baja World Cup (with wins in Saudi Arabia and Jordan) behind his compatriot Al Rajhi. 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 driver 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.”

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X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS RALLY
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

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