The Nissan Patrol has once again proved to be the ‘Hero of All Terrains in Life’ by powering top racers to success in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015 powered by Nissan.



With this year’s participation in the demanding desert rally, the latest generation Nissan Patrol drivers secured podium positions in both T1 and T2 classes securing the top four positions in T2.1 and the Third and Fourth positions in the T1.1.

In T2.1, Al Helei Mansour took first place with Sheikh Hamad Al Thani in second, D Berezovsky in third and Emil Khneisser coming in fourth place. In the T1.1 Class, Ali-Al Ketbi coming in third position and Matar Al-Mansoori taking fourth place.

Commenting on the results Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, said: “The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is one of the most prominent desert rallies in the world and is attracting the best international desert rally competitors. Against this tough competition, the latest generation Nissan Patrol was able to take all four positions in T2.1 and third and fourth in T1.1 class – a spectacular achievement. We congratulate all winners, especially our sponsored drivers, five of which joined us us for the first time this year, and who have demonstrated outstanding skill, strength and endurance.”

Nissan has been the long-term supporter of the rally with its flagship Patrol SUV being the official race car for the last twelve years. In 2015 the Japanese Auto Maker decided to extend its sponsorship to five new drivers in addition to its flagship driver Emil Khneisser. Nissan provided them with technical support, free spare parts and access to the Nissan support vehicle during the race.

Emil Khneisser said: “The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is a tough event, but nothing gets tougher than the Nissan Patrol. I am very lucky to have the support of Nissan and to be driving this incredible vehicle. Without it, I couldn’t have achieved such great results over and over again. The latest generation Nissan Patrol has proved it’s got everything it takes to carry on the winning heritage its predecessors have earned over many years.”

Nissan Patrol is a name synonymous with superior performance and a legendary off-roader that has been a favorite choice of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge by competitors for many years. Meticulously honed for over 60 years, the Patrol is Nissan’s flagship SUV model and enjoys a rich heritage and passionate followers in the Middle East. For many owners across the Middle East, the Patrol is the vehicle that they grew up with; becoming an inseparable part of the social and cultural DNA of the region.

The 25th anniversary of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan took place over five punishing desert legs through the UAE’s western deserts and finished last Thursday (April 2).

The Rally is also round two of the 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and round one of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. In addition to supporting six drivers during the rally, Nissan has also supplied a fleet of Nissan Patrols to the ATC UAE for use by rally officials.



About Nissan Middle East

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. became the first Japanese car manufacturer to establish a regional Middle East headquarters in June 1994. Nissan operations now cover over 20 countries across the region making it one of the best represented Japanese automotive brands in the Middle East. From its pioneering crossover vehicles and class-leading small cars to the legendary Nissan GT-R and all-conquering SUVs such as the ‘Hero of All Terrain’, Nissan Patrol, Nissan Middle East’s vehicle line-up is one of the broadest and most popular in the region, covering almost every segment of the automotive market.


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Source: Memac Ogilvy Public Relations