VICTORY FOR AL-RAJHI AND BAUMEL AT THE 2010 HAIL BAJA For the second consecutive time, the Saudi driver, Yazeed Al-Rajhi, and his French co-driver, Matthieu Baumel, of the JMB Stradale Off Road team claim victory on the Saudi Arabian Ha'il Baja.
VICTORY FOR AL-RAJHI AND BAUMEL AT THE 2010 HAIL BAJA
For the second consecutive time, the Saudi driver, Yazeed Al-Rajhi, and his French co-driver, Matthieu Baumel, of the JMB Stradale Off Road team claim victory on the Saudi Arabian Ha'il Baja. After 187,7 km of timed stage, the duo brought in the best time of the day with a 27m 03s advance.
At the wheel of his Stradale Off Road Lancer, Yazeed and Matthieu did not leave room for error and triumphed during the 3 day race in the An-Nafud desert, north of the central region, with a 32m 54 s advance over their principal rival, Abdullah Bakhashab.
This victory places Yazeed Al-Rajhi in the leading position of the 2010 FIA International Baja Cross Country Cup with 15 points. While waiting to decide if they will participate in the next FIA Baja, which will be held in two weeks in St. Petersbourg, Russia, they will savor their victory.
"The Lancer is a fantastic racing vehicle and Matthieu did an excellent job in navigation" compliments Yazeed Al-Rajhi. "I'm very happy to have won the first race of my program in and especially on home territory."
The French co-driver, Matthieu Baumel, who joined the JMB Stradale Off Road team since the Dakar is maintaining his good results with this 1st place in the Ha'il Baja and his 6th place in the general ranking of the 2010 Dakar, coming in also 1st in the petrol category.
This year's Ha'il Baja was under the patronage of the HRH Prince Saud Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Ha'il, President of the Supreme Commission for the Ha'il development and the Ha'il Baja. The Prince also announced at the beginning of the event, that the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation will organize for the spring of 2011 a ( to 6 day cross country rally which will be entered in the FIA International Cross Country Rally Championship. The race is foreseen to have 1500 km of timed stage in the heart of the An-Nafoud desert in either February or March.
-source: sandy divelec