Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Speeding Through the Saudi Terrains

Speeding Through the Saudi Terrains

Rallying is one of the most challenging tests for drivers around the world.


Drivers race on some of the roughest terrains at speeds that we underestimate and with out-of-this-world precision. Unlike other motor races, rally drivers race against the clock rather than their opponent, making for an exciting yet complex sport. Read on for an in-depth look at the adrenaline-inducing world of rallying in Saudi.

Speeding Through the Saudi Terrains

Rally 101

What you need to know about rally racing starts with its technicalities of it. First off, the drivers often drive within desert terrains, going from the starting point to the finish line using a special GPS system that tells them the fastest possible route.

In terms of racers, traditionally, each contesting team is made of two people inside the car or truck; the driver and the navigator. However, there are races designed for other types of vehicles, such as motorcycles and quad bikes, where the solo driver acts as the rider and the navigator. Also, each rally is also split into different stages where the team’s completion times are added and compared with the other drivers.

Speeding Through the Saudi Terrains

Rallies of Saudi Arabia

Rallying is a popular sport in Saudi due to the multiple challenging terrains the country possesses making it perfect for rallies. The sport was first introduced to Saudi in 2004 in the Hail Region where they hosted a competition for locals with prizes for the winners.

It slowly developed further to include different regions of the country, such as Riyadh, Qassim, Jeddah, and more recently, NEOM and AlUla. More recently, Hail became a main global location which is included in the World cup for the Cross-Country Baja Rally with racers from all over the world coming to Saudi to compete in the Hail Rally. On a local scale, the Saudi Toyota Championship is the highest level of competition in Saudi. It includes many different types of Motorsports such as drag racing, drifting, and most importantly, rallies.

The rallies span four different cities; Hail, Asser, Qassim, and Jeddah. For the 2023 season, the championship starts with Rally Hail on February 2nd till 4th and is the first stage in the World Cup for Cross Country Baja season. The schedule of the remaining cities is yet to be announced.

 

How to watch the rally
If you want to witness the drivers in action, you will have to wait till the track is announced and try to catch them along the way within the dunes of Hail.

Speeding Through the Saudi Terrains

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