Abu Dhabi Racing Junior Rally Programme driver Mohamed Al Mutawaa returns to racing action with the 52nd Antibes Cote d’Azur Rally, the French Rally Championship, beginning this Friday.
Following a break of nearly six months, Al Mutawaa is looking forward to the challenge with new co-driver Niall Burns of Ireland after his FIA Junior World Rally Championship campaign last season.
Continuing his learning curve, Al Mutawaa is now looking to gain experience in a new championship where he will run on tarmac in Nice behind the wheel of a DS3 R3 run by PH Sport.
Al Mutawaa said: “First of all, I am really grateful for this opportunity to Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi and Abu Dhabi Racing for their continued support. It is an honour to be in this dream team for the last five years.
“I am really looking forward to get back in that racing seat as it has been nearly six months since I have been competing. The plan for my first race of the season is to try and get things back flowing nicely again.
“I have a new co-driver in Niall and I am looking forward to learn from him and build a strong relationship so we can have good notes and drive with confidence.
“The championship is home to some of the best rally drivers in the world, so it will be tough. For the first rally of this season I will try and get my rhythm back and most importantly gain experience from the mileage over the three days.”
The 52nd Antibes Cote d’Azur Rally consists of 14 special stages, with total length of 207.88 Km.