The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE
aim to inject new life into rallying in the country after establishing a more affordable and desert-friendly format, the 2017 Dubai International Baja. Having started this process four years ago with the launch of the Emirates Desert Championship, ATCUAE
has created a new Baja World Cup event that, alongside closer ties to the FIA
, motor sport's world governing body, hopes to promote and develop the baja rally brand. The inaugural event will take place in the Al Qudra desert from March 9-11. Lionel Carre, FIA
Technical Delegate for Cross Country Rallies, visited the UAE last week to work alongside the national motor sport authority in helping competitors prepare for the country's two World Cup events, with a key emphasis on safety. Taking place under the patronage of H.H.Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai International Baja is the second round of this year's FIA
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