The Pole Jakub Przygonski and his Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul (MINI John Cooper Works) have the prologue in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and won. That is the third of eleven matches in the world Cup cross cuntry.
The duo had the victory, however, share with Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal bin Sultan Al-Qassimi (Peugeot 3008 DKR) from the United Arab Emirates, which is exactly the same time left to record. The British Harry Hunt (Peugeot 2008 DRC) was on 2”6 third. The Saoediër Yasir Hamed Seaidan ended with his Toyota of the Belgian Overdrive Racing 3”7 on the seventh place.
The prologue of 1.9 km was driven on the F1 circuit from Abu Dhabi and was not at all representative of what the participants in the coming days for the wheels pushed get.
“We won the prologue and are therefore in a good way, this competition started,” responded Tom Colsoul. “It was special to be with these cars on an F1 circuit. Our vehicles are built to be on a rough trail or in the desert to drive. It was a bit of dancing on ice, very slippery so. To be honest, I never thought that we the fastest time would drive. We have our profit share with Al Qassimi, who is exactly the same time left to record. The fastest time is also fine because we are Sunday, our starting position should be allowed to choose. We start as fifth, with only quick men for us. That is the ideal. Abu Dhabi is a rally in the que navigation is not extremely difficult. Left or right, there are shortcuts that deviate from the ideal line, but faster. The trick is to find them. Even though it might not be so, for the co-riders that this is a really fun rally because we were also a little bit can make a difference.”
“Monday, we are diving in the desert and the real work begins. Though it has yet to become a overgangsetappe of 276 km. The first half of the ride is as with that is called here the low desert with high dunes. After 160 miles it gets serious and we dive really in the desert. Stages three and four are fully duinetappes, the only one of the season actually.”