The Qatar International Baja is expecting a record turnout this weekend, thanks to the growing popularity of the FIA T3 category for lightweight prototype machines and the FIA T4 section for modified production side-by-side vehicles. The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) announced on Monday that 21 vehicles had been entered in T3, while T4 had 13 entries. However, Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Al Saif, who led in the T3 category of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, confirmed that he would not be able to attend the event.
The FIA T3 class has seen a surge in popularity due to the success of the South Racing and FN Speed Can-Am Maverick X3s, the new X-raid Yamaha YXZ 1000 R prototype, the XtremePlus Polaris RZR, the PH-Sport Zephyr, and the G Rally Team’s OT3. Defending champion Fernando Alvarez has the opportunity to move ahead in the rankings in Al Saif’s absence.