Abdullah Al Qassimi
- Date of Birth
- Sept. 1, 2006
The former regional Group N Champion has won the showroom category four times in the past nine seasons and was also outright runner-up in the 2003 Middle East Championship. Based in Sharjah, the former winner of the UAE Rally is one of the most experienced drivers in the region and one of the favourites to win this weekend. His Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is prepared by Ivan Ingrilli in Sharjah to the highest standards. He currently lies third overall in the Middle East Championship, courtesy of third place in Qatar in February.
Al-Qassimi first won the regional Group N title in 1998 after a season-long battle with Australia's Ron Cremen. He was also Middle East Group N champion in 2000 and 2001, before making the switch to driving a Ford Focus WRC for the 2002 season and the opening round of the 2003 season outright. His co-driver Steve Lancaster won the MERC title with Al-Attiyah in 2003.