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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

Posted Mon 24 Jun 2013 09:52:31 am in News, Sports | By News Desk

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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.

“I'm taking positives from this, but I know I can do a lot better,” said Al Qassimi at the finish on Saturday night. “Most of all, I’m pleased to have made it to the end without making any mistakes.

“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.

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