QATAR’S Adel Hussein Abdulla had to play second fiddle to series leader Yasir Saeidan in the support category (T2) at Rally Kazakhstan.
Adel, the defending T2 world champion, lost a lot of time with electrical issues early in the race and further time losses in the sand dunes hampered his progress.
The Nissan Patrol driver, backed by Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co and Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation reach ed the final stage in Aktau 3hr, 17min and 14sec behind Saudi rival Saeidan.
“It was a tough rally. The first series of sand dunes were just unbelievable,” said Adel.
“There were seven waypoints, sometimes in the bushes in the sand, and we didn’t have the power to keep going. We were lucky to get through some stages without rolling. I had to tackle the majority of the opening stage in rear-wheel drive as I had a broken suspension. It was so difficult,” he added. dsp