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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 2000 km in five days


Endurance drivers from around the world have been spending five days crossing inhospitable terrain in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

120 entrants took part in the contest, which is the second round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, negotiating over 2,000km of tough desert terrain.

The races are divided into four categories — bikes, quads, cars and trucks.

The 21st Desert Challenge ended with a confident victory for France’s Stephane Peterhansel, who won a gold medal for the seventh time.

Among the quads, Nicholas Black completed an unlikely victory in his first-ever Abu Dhabi desert challenge, while the track category was won by Eduard Nikolayev in his Kamaz-Master truck.

Last year's winner, Leonid Novitsky, together with Andreas Schulz, finished the race in joint second.

“I feel tired but satisfied. We did our job, our best in this challenge. We will work on our mistakes”, he said.

The leading Arab drivers were Yahya Bil Helei and his co-driver Khalid Al kendi, who took the fourth place in their Isuzu pick-up track.


Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
24° 28' 0.0012" N, 54° 22' 0.0012" E