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Rallye Deutschland: Al Qassimi 'should' be okay to start in Germany

Hand injury blow for Khalid Al Qassimi
Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team man Khalid Al Qassimi has said he should be fine to compete on Rallye Deutschland next week.

The UAE man, who sat out the previous event in Finland due to 'professional commitments', fell this week at his home and injured his hand.

However, despite being advised by doctors not to compete, he has insisted he will start.

“It's going to be a tough event for me,” he told Gulf News, “and the accident hasn't helped. I was reaching for the light switch at home when I fell on the stairs, and I used my left hand to break my fall. At first I thought I'd broken my fingers because they were very painful and swollen.

“I went to hospital and the good news is that the fingers aren't broken. The doctor told me not to put any pressure on them and that I really shouldn't drive for three weeks.

“But he also said the swelling will reduce before the rally, so I'm taking painkillers and should be okay to start.”

“I'll test the car in Germany on Sunday and take things steady to begin with. Hopefully, the hand will feel better by then. The important thing is to do some set-up tests. I've never driven this car on tarmac before, so a completely new set-up is needed,” he added.

To date Al Qassimi has competed three times on Rallye Deutschland, his most recent outing in 2010 when he finished eighth in a Ford Focus RS WRC.

“Generally, it's a very fast rally, with a mixture of wide and narrow sections,” he continued.

“The roads are very narrow when they pass through the vineyards area, and then you have the famous Baumholder stages where you have a combination of mud and dust. If it's wet there, your car can be sliding all over the place,” he concluded.



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Khalid Al Qassimi, Scott Martin (Citroen DS3 WRC #10, Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT)
Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) Michael Orr (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Team Abu Dhabi
Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) Michael Orr (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Team Abu Dhabi
Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) Michael Orr (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Team Abu Dhabi
Khalid Al Qassimi. Qatar International Rally. 2013 Middle East Rally Championship [Pic credit: Citroen]
Khalid Al Qassimi, Scott Martin (Citroen DS3 WRC #10, Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT)

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