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Saudi Arabia is space to host the concluding two rounds of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Homely-Nation Bajas, with two newly supplied reduction-to-reduction events marking the Kingdom’s return to the FIA world incorrect-country calendar.

Baja Hail I, the fourth of 5 rounds of the revised calendar, takes space between December 10-12 and has attracted a bumper entry in all four FIA classes. After three earlier rounds, magnificent 1.5 ingredients separate first and 2nd in the overall classification and, with a bunch of contenders drawn to the Kingdom ahead of January’s Dakar Rally, the fight for the FIA World Cup for Homely-Nation Bajas title all around the deserts of north-central Saudi Arabia remains extensive starting up.

Bernhard Ten Brinke and Tom Colsoul currently head the World Cup standings with two wins to their name. They return to motion of their Toyota Hilux Overdrive however decide to reduction momentum to say a maiden title with Vladimir Vasilyev a mere 1.5 ingredients adrift. The Russian, navigated by Dmytro Tsyro, took a dwelling exhaust on the outlet round and will indulge in to be competing in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally.

Stéphane Peterhansel, the reigning champion of the FIA World Cup for Homely-Nation Rallies, will be partnered by Edouard Boulanger in the two-wheel drive John Cooper Works Buggy. His X-Raid team of workers-mate is just a few champion all over world rallying, incorrect-country rallying and the Dakar, Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard, with regular co-driver Lucas Cruz alongside him, claimed victory on the inaugural Dakar Rally in the Kingdom earlier this year and will indulge in to no doubt be hoping for same success.  Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel additionally indulge in a bunch of titles to their names and will indulge in to be fielding the legit Toyota GAZOO Racing Hilux entry.

Hopes of a dwelling victory will be resting on the shoulders of Yazeed Al-Rajhi, the Saudi Arabian driver having won on his accumulate soil just a few events. Al-Rajhi additionally claimed fourth total on his dwelling Dakar Rally earlier this year and will indulge in to be navigated by Germany’s Dirk Von Zitzewitz on this occasion. Long-established contenders Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka are reduction in motion of their Raptor RS Homely Nation, while Jakub Przygonski and Timo Gottschalk – the newly crowned Polish incorrect-country champions – will be having a specialize in to shut the season on a high, having narrowly neglected out on final year’s World Cup title. They’ll be in a Hilux Overdrive, as will Erik Van Loon and Sébastien Delaunay.

Yasir Hamad Seaidan is one more Saudi Arabian driver who will be buying for high honours. He and Russian Alexey Kuzmich will be fielding a CR6 on their dwelling round of the sequence. The Russian crew of Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov will be in an older specification MINI All 4 Racing with regular opponents Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sykora in an F150 EVO.

Within the fight for the driver’s title in T3, Vasily Gryazin, co-driven by Oleg Uperenko, currently leads the category courtesy of a first and 2nd self-discipline earlier in the season. With a sequence of their closest opponents no longer competing in Saudi Arabia, the Russian/Latvian pairing will be conserving an phrase on the growth of Guillaume De Mévius/Martijn Wydaeghe who won final day out in Portugal and indulge in a mathematical likelihood of overhauling them in the tight fight.

In T4 Aron Domzala holds the advantage, he and Maciej Marton having claimed victory in Poland and Portugal of their Can-Am Maverick. Kees Koolen is nonetheless within striking distance and the title will be determined between the two opponents. The T2 category is exclusively made up of Saudi Arabian drivers, all however one in Nissan Patrols.

The major of these two consecutive bajas will scoot over two days with one selective section per day covering a total of 527.35 aggressive kilometres.

BAJA HAIL I – PROVISIONAL RALLY DATA

Total distance:

627.35 km

Selective section distance:

527.35 km

Different of selective sections:

2

TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday December 10

Scrutineering

From 08: 00 hrs

Inaugurate Ceremony

16: 00 hrs

Pre-occasion Press Conference

20: 00 hrs

Friday December 11

Inaugurate of SS1 (251.81 km)

08: 58 hrs

First vehicle arrives on the bivouac

12: 51 hrs

Saturday November 12

Inaugurate of SS2 (275.54 km)

09: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives on the bivouac

13: 17 hrs

Publish occasion press convention

18: 00 hrs


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