Taking time out from his battle to win a second Middle East Rally Championship title, Khalid Al Qassimi returns to the WRC at Rally de Espa?a this weekend.

Having competed with the Citro?n Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, he is set to take on his first rally on tarmac for a year. In that regard, Spain, with its mixed-surface format, provides the best compromise for the UAE native, who openly admits he isn't expecting to make an immediate impact.

"I love the type of tarmac stages you get at Rally de Espa?a," Al Qassimi emphasised, "but, if the roads are wet, it can become an entirely different challenge. On the other hand, Friday's leg isn't one of my favourites on gravel, so I might need a bit of time to get my bearings."

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Highly involved in the life of the team, the Abu Dhabi driver is also keen to offer his support to team-mates Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg as they go in search of podium finishes.

"I would like to wish the very best to Kris and Mads, and I hope they can fight for the leading positions and score as many points as possible," he said.

In addition to Meeke, Ostberg and Al Qassimi, Abu Dhabi Racing will also be represented by Mohamed Al Mutawaa and Stephen McAuley, registered in the WRC3 category in a DS3 R3. This penultimate event of the season will equally provide S?bastien Chardonnet/Thibault De la Haye and St?phane Lefebvre/Thomas Dubois with an opportunity to compete in the WRC2 category in their DS3 R5s.