2023 Abu Dhabi Desert ChallengeRound 2 of 5 world rally championship, kicked off with a prologue on Sunday, followed by five stages ending March 3, with competitors heading from the city of Al Dhannah to their titular destination, Abu Dhabi. 1,286 kilometers of special stages will be offered, for a total of 1,913 kilometers including ties; compared to 1,933 kilometers for the 2022 race. The rally had been planned to be extended by 2,168 kilometers before Saturday’s revisions.
Sunday’s prologue is 263km in total, but only 7km are special stages, the rest is from the campsite in Abu Dhabi, specifically the ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) business center to Al Dhannah. In a sense, this is a warm-up match and will not be included in the final ranking.
On Monday, February 27, the first leg will start at Ghayāthī and travel 249 kilometers across Tal Mor’eb, ending at Qasr Al Sarab.
Qasr Al Sarab is a desert resort that will serve as a bivouac and effective central hub for the rally, as stages 2 through 4 are the loops that begin and end there. The second and third stops will be the marathon stages of the FIM class, which means that they cannot get the help of the team when the vehicle breaks down and must repair it by themselves or rely on their companions.
Stage 4 will be the longest, being the only day to break the 300km mark with 308km. In comparison, stages 2 and 3 are 257km and 266km respectively.
The fifth and final day, March 3, will bring the venue back to Abu Dhabi over a distance of 206 kilometers.
As the race’s name suggests, ADDC is almost entirely in a desert environment, although the geology of the route varies from stage to stage. For example, stage 4 is expected to be dominated by steep climbs and ridges, while stage 5 will be flatter to increase top speed.
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Stephen Peterhansell (FIA) and Sam Sunderland (FIM) Win ADDC in 2022despite Sunderland breaking his ankle in Friday’s final Test, Peterhansel did not play so neither could defend their win.
Ninety-four entries, mixed W2RC and non-tournament Rivals, will start Sunday. Forty-eight are from the FIA classes, while forty-six are bikes or quads.