Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Mohammad Bin Sulayem applaud winner Bruno Saby after the prize presentation ceremony. - Gulf News Archives


Frenchman Bruno Saby broke four year jinx to win the UAE Marlboro Desert Challenge, as double defending champion Jean-Louis Schlesser was hit by a last leg disaster. Holding a 13 minute 53 second overnight lead on Saby in the Sonauto team’s all new Mitsubishi Pajero, Schlesser saw his hopes of a hat-trick in the event disappear into dust, as mechanical problems made control of his car difficult, and hampered efforts to free himself from very soft sand just before the last refuelling point, 60km from the finish. While it was a frustrating end for Schlesser, victory was sweet for Saby whose own hopes had been dashed by a series of mechanical problems over the last three years. Clearly delighted with his win, Saby said, “My win is fantastic! Finally, after four attempts I have done it! It was great as the car was being used for the first time. It was a very big stage today with huge dunes.”

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