The Saudi driver opens the national hall of fame in motorsports as he obtains the first FIA World Cup title for Saudi Arabia. Yasir is the new FIA Cross Country Rally World Champion of the T3 class.
“I am proud to be the first Saudi to earn a FIA World Championship title, and I hope that this is only the first of many others to come! For me, the 2013 was outstanding. I joined a French team, very professional, Xtreme+ Polaris, the best in rally raid. Thanks to them, I won several FIA World Cup events: Hail Saudi Baja, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Sealine Cross Country Rally, Oilybia Rally in Morocco, and finished the Hungarian Baja in the second place,” tells Yasir.
“The Polaris RZR 900 XP40 prepared by Xtreme+ is an amazing machine, no gear, easy to brake and to steer. You have to understand it and respected, and once you make it your own it can take you anywhere with its incredible suspension. It is a truly great machine; it goes fast in difficult tracks, a little slow in road connections or fast tracks, but very safe.”
Yasir Saedan is used to participate in competitions in his own country, so for him, 2013 was the first international season. “This year, I also discovered a new discipline: cross country rally. It has been a fantastic experience that has shown me new countries, new cultures and new friends… 2013 will be a year that will remain in my memory for a very long time… and the year of my first title!”
Stage 6: Jbel O Ramal “The Sand Mountain”
Road connection: 39.99 km – S.S.: 50.92km
Road connection: 58.41km – Total: 149.32km
After an amazing marathon stage, the Rally of Merzouga proposed a lined start this morning. Facing the Erg of Rissani, it was required to cross some small dunes prior entering a sandy oued and the fast tracks on the lake of Merzouga. The final bouquet, before crossing the checkered flag, was a 20km ride in the immense dunes of the Chebbi Erg.
This last stage was a new lesson for the crew N°205. Garry Connel and Annie Seel, took another master class in the desert at the end of this competition and completed it successfully, climbing to the highest stand of the SSV class of the race.
“When we took the start, explains Garry, we started “attacking” the soft sand small dunes… Everything was going well until I took a hole a bit fast and got trapped in the sand… We lost about 25 minutes, continues the Australian driver, happy to have made it in spite of the problems.
When we arrived to CP1, in front of the dunes of Merzouga, we deflated our tires. But… one of us pushed a button with the helmet and launched the fire extinguisher and we took a shower of dust!
In the big dunes, I continued to learn, but it was quite difficult because the sand was all soft.
Anyways, the Rally of Merzouga was a great training for the Dakar, even more because last week I was in the Rally of Morocco. Two continued races make like a small Dakar and I don´t feel that tired.
Next goal: The Dakar, next January!”
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Rally Oilibya of Morocco
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Stage 6: Erfoud – Erfoud
Road connection: 66 km – S.S: 219 km
The last stage of the Rally of Morocco finished in the beautiful skirts of the Merzouga dunes, after a 200 km special stage. The journey was not easy but the three XTREM+ Polaris crossed the finish line taking over the entire T3 class podium. Yasir Saedan and Laurent Lichlauchter took the victory, the second place was owned by Nicolas Duclos and Sebastien Delaunay and the third place was for the Australian team, Garry Connell and Gary Whittle. The race had a great outcome for the XTREME+ Polaris team.
Yasir Saedan/Laurent Lichlauchter N°302: “We made it safe to cross the finish line, because again, there were lots of stones and rocks out there, says Saedan. After small water crossing in an oued, we broke the universal joint due to the thermic shock… But we were able to change it fast, and here we are at the finish line, as winners of the T3 class! I am so glad with the RZR XT+ 900 XP40 because in the fifth races that we took part, I won four. Now my new goal is the Dakar… and I will prepare physically so that I can get there in the best shape next January!”
Nicolas Duclos/Sebastien Delaunay N° 327: “We started out with 130 km… in mountain cemented tracks, says the French-Congo driver. The stones were big, and we had one puncture… Then I slowed down to avoid changing tires again and in the last 100 km I had fun because there was actually sand… but with stones! I could not believe it, stones in the sand! The RZR XT+ 900 XP40 is perfect and doesn’t require lots of work before the Dakar.”
Garry Connell/Gary Whittle N°355: “We did not have a good day, tells Garry Connell, because, like Yasir, we broke a joint after the water passage and we spent time changing it. Then, there were so many stones that I tried to avoid but I run into one and made a hole on one tire. After that we drove carefully and here we are! It was a great rally and an excellent opportunity to get more experience on the RZR XT+ 900 XP40 and the work of the Xtreme+ to prepare the Dakar. The RZR requires some adjustments before going to South America but I am very satisfied with its performance.”
Tomorrow, Garry Connell will start his participation in the Merzouga Rally. With Annie Seel as Connell´s co-driver, the adventures of the XTREME+ Polaris team will continue!