AL QASSIMI AIMS TO USE SARDINIA RESULT TO BOOST WRC CHALLENGE Emirati driver satisfied with top-ten finish but says he can do much better in his Abu Dhabi Citroen
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Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi will be looking to build on his top-ten finish in Sardinia on his next WRC appearance in Germany.
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 23 June, 2013: The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi wants to use his latest
top-ten finish in the Rally d'ItaliaSardegna at the weekend as a platform to raise the level of his challenge in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.
Partnered by British co-driver Scott Martin in his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3, the Emirati driver secured tenth place in Sardinia for his second point-scoring result in the 2013 WRC series, and immediately set his sights higher.
“After my accident in the Acropolis Rally I didn’t take any risks. I was a bit happier with the way it went today, but I need more time to get my confidence back.”
“We didn’t have time for a test before the rally and overall to finish in the top ten was satisfying. Friday was a very long day and this was a tough rally. The stages are narrow and very rough, with lots of rocks, and a small mistake can be costly.”
Al Qassimi had been hoping to match his best WRC result of the season to date, a ninth-place finish in the Rally de Portugal in April.
That will now be his target on his next WRC appearance on 23-25 August in the Rallye Deutschland, where he finished eighth in 2010.
Before the German round, Al Qassimi must nominate a driver to take over from him at the wheel of the Abu Dhabi Citroën DS3 in Rally Finland on 2-4 August.
Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won in Sardinia in his Volkswagen Polo to extend his lead in the World Rally Championship to 64 points, with Belgian Thierry Neuville finishing second in a Ford Fiesta RS for the best result of his career.
Spain’s Dani Sordo finished fourth in his DS3, and with team-mate Mikko Hirvonen among the non-finishers, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team now trail Volkswagen by 46 points in the race for the manufacturers’ title.