FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Baja: Zubair, Kuwari aim for victory

Abdullah al Zubair (inset) in action in his BRP Can-Am Maverick X3 during a desert rally in Qatar recently

The AZ Racing duo of Oman's Abdullah al Zubair and his co-driver Nasser al Kuwari of Qatar are confident of a podium finish at the Dubai International Baja, the second round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, which will be held from March 7-9.

Having made a successful start to the Baja campaign in the Northern Forests of Russia last month, where Al Zubair – partnered by Faisal al Raisi – finished second in the T3 class during his first outing on snow, hopes are justifiably high for the first desert Baja of the year.

Following the Russian Baja, Zubair was joined by Kuwari in the sister FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup in Qatar and the duo managed to claim a top-four T3 finish.

Backed by South Racing, the squad behind the preparation of the AZ Racing BRP Can-Am Maverick X3, Zubair and Kuwari are now confident of tackling the challenge across the spectacular dunes and plains of the Al Qudra desert.

Zubair said, “I’m happy to be racing in the sand dunes again, it’s my favourite terrain, but this will be my first time competing in the Dubai Baja. I am confident, though, because we showed great pace in the dunes section of the Qatar rally last week. It’s good to have Nasser alongside me as he is a veteran of this Baja and I think we have a good chance at winning the event – that is our goal. We’re currently second in the World Cup points and we want to be leaders after this rally.”

Kuwari said, “After a successful start with Abdullah in Qatar, I am very positive heading into the Dubai Baja. I am confident of Abdullah’s driving skills and his speed in the sand.”

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