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Emirates Desert Championship Winners in Spotlight at Prize Giving Dinner

Emirates Desert Championship Winners in Spotlight at Prize Giving Dinner

02.05.2015: Sulayem acclaims role of marshals in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 25-year success story

Sulayem acclaims role of marshals in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 25-year success story



ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Mohammed Khamis Bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Director General of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities, with Emirates Desert Championship overall cars winner Ahmad Al Maqoodi, runner-up Ahmed Al Fahim and third-placed Mohammed Gulzar.


Trophies were presented on Thursday night by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE and the Emirates Motorsport Federation, the championship organisers.


Prize winners included Emiratis Ahmad Al Maqoodi and Humaid Al Mashghouni, the new cars and quads champions in the national baja rally series, and bikes winner Jake Shipton.





Sulayem and Bin Hareb with quads champion Humaid Al Mashghouni



Fourth place in the sixth and final round of the series ensured Al Maqoodi took the cars title from his friend and fellow Polaris buggy driver Al Fahim after a great battle between the two Emirati drivers throughout the six-round championship.


The prize giving dinner coincided with the official marshals party for the 25th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, recognising the crucial role played by volunteers during the event, a round of both the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars and the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship for bikes



Sulayem and Bin Hareb with bikes champion Jake Shipton.


“The Desert Championship has become very popular over the first two seasons, and we’re looking forward to making sure that it goes from strength to strength in the years ahead,” said Sulayem.


“It’s now a well established series in its own right, and at the same time provides a great training ground for the Desert Challenge, which has become a big international success over 25 years.





Sulayem with Jane Waugh who presented a "Spirit of the Rally" award in memory of her husband Cameron, to Colin Wilken ,  a paramedic, for his efforts to help fellow-competitors during the Desert Championship. Cameron Waugh died following an accident during the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.



“Marshals have played a vital part in that, and we’re so grateful for the time and commitment of all our volunteers, without whom the event simply could not take place.”





- Tony Lewis, Total Communications Dubai - also photos

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