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Aliyyah Koloc doing triple duty in W2RC, Middle East Baja, 24H Series


Aliyyah Koloc would possibly solely be nineteen however she already has a really numerous racing portfolio that spans a number of disciplines and surfaces. This will proceed in 2024 when she pursues the World Rally-Raid Championship and FIA Middle East Baja Cup within the off-road realm in addition to the 24H Series on pavement.

“It’s not easy to alternate between off-road rallying and circuits, but I am getting used to it,” Koloc commented. “It becomes easier each time to quickly switch and adapt to a very different car that I’m about to race in. It is all a matter of not transferring bad habits from the terrain to the circuits and vice versa.”

Her calendar started with the W2RC’s Dakar Rally in January, the place she ran her maiden Dakar within the top-level Ultimate class after making her début in 2023 in a side-by-side. Racing a Red-Lined REVO T1+, she suffered a entrance axle failure in Stage #2 that dropped her down the order early on, however managed to complete twenty-fifth in Ultimate with a greatest stage outing of twenty-fourth in Stage #5.

This weekend, a month after the Dakar, Koloc entered the Middle East Baja Cup’s season-opening Saudi Baja and positioned fifth in Ultimate. She might be going for her second championship within the four-race sequence after profitable in 2022.

In two weeks, she returns to the W2RC for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. She scored a category podium on the 2023 version when she completed third in T3 (now Challenger). The W2RC consists of 5 rounds complete.

The 24H Series season opener and Koloc’s first pavement race of the yr will happen on 23/24 March on the 12 Hours of Mugello, as soon as once more sharing a Mercedes GT4 with Adam Lacko and David Vršecký. The trio completed runner-up within the GT4 championship final yr with a category win on the 12 Hours of Spa.

In complete, she may have run over eleven thousand kilometres in 2024.

“The more racing kilometres she gets under her belt, the better she will get to grips with the car, which should improve her results,” mentioned her father Martin Koloc, whose Buggyra ZM Racing staff is fielding Koloc’s automobiles in all three sequence. “Starting in the Middle East championship is an important preparation for the next Dakar, as this is the kind of terrain the event is run on. And then there are the circuits where Aliyyah has also already established herself as a very good racer. She has an extremely busy season ahead of her, but just participating in the races will bring further career growth.”

Koloc boasts a résumé that additionally contains the FIA European Truck Racing Championship and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

Koloc’s 2024 schedule

Race Series Date
Dakar Rally World Rally-Raid Championship 5–19 January
Saudi Baja FIA Middle East Baja Cup 8–10 February
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge World Rally-Raid Championship 25 February – 2 March
12 Hours of Mugello 24H Series 22–24 March
BP Ultimate Rally Raid World Rally-Raid Championship 2–7 April
12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 24H Series 19–21 April
24 Hours of Portimão 24H Series 10–12 May
Desafío Ruta 40 World Rally-Raid Championship 2–8 June
12 Hours of Misano 24H Series 5–7 July
24 Hours of Barcelona 24H Series 13–15 September
Rallye du Maroc World Rally-Raid Championship 5–11 October
Qatar International Baja FIA Middle East Baja Cup 30 October – 2 November
Dubai International Baja FIA Middle East Baja Cup 15–17 November
Jordan Baja FIA Middle East Baja Cup 28–30 November



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