QATAR’S Adel Hussein Abdulla, the defending champion in support category (T2), flattered to deceive yet again and dropped out of points contention as the battle for top spot in the production cross-country vehicles reached the business end.
It has not been the best of the seasons for the Nissan Patrol driver, who saw his Saudi Arabian rival Yasir Saiedan upstaging him on his home turf, and he is yet to win a round.
Adel impressed in the initial stages, but incurred time penalties for delays after a troubled second desert stage and that put paid to his hopes. He also broke a front suspension arm on his way to the fastest time in the opening stage.
But Adel was still confident of staging a comeback in the remaining rounds.
“I’ve lost points again, but the championship is still open. We’ve a new rally coming in Kazakhstan where I can get my challenge back on track,” Adel said.