THE Rally Kazakhstan turned out to be a forgettable outing for Qatar’s Mohamed Issa Abu Issa.
Starting the event third in the overall championship standings, Mohamed Issa and his French navigator Xavier Panseri could not have a clean run in any of the six stages. He withdrew from the third stage with minor niggling issues.
Initially, he decided to pull out of the rally, before changing his mind and resuming the next day, but luck deserted him all along.
He even endured the misfortune of rolling his Mini All4Racing on the final day and finished the rally in 15th position. He is now fifth in the standings with 68 points.
“Unfortunately for me this rally has been full of mechanical and electrical problems every day,” rued Mohamed Issa.
“We’re learning from our mistakes and it’s good that these things happened here and not in an event like the Dakar Rally. I’m thinking positively and looking for a better outing next time,” said Mohamed Issa, who came to the rescue of his Mini All4Racing team-mate Yazeed Al Rajhi on the penultimate day after the Saudi Arabian fell into a deep sand bowl near the stage finish.
“We had one issue or the other every day. On the last day, I rolled the car and I’m very sorry to Cin Cin movies cameraman who was quite close to the vehicle. Anyway, it’s time to forget all those and refocus for Italian Baja,” added Mohamed Issa. dsp