Le-Saadiyat-RallyeMembers and guests at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club revved up the engines to go full throttle against Finnish former F1 driver, Heikki Kovalainen, in the inaugural Le Saadiyat Rallye on Thursday.

With the cart paths turned into an exhilarating 4.4km race track around the back nine one of the world’s most stunning golf course designs, 40 drivers put pedal to the metal in 270cc carts reaching top speeds of 100km/h.

Special guest, 2007-13 Formula One competitor and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club member, Heikki Kovalainen, said: “I have never seen anything like this at a golf club before.  The first Le Saadiyat Rallye has been a huge success, delivered by a very professional team.  A lot of fun was had by drivers who have come from all over the emirate to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for the race and first-class entertainment.”

The Rallye welcomed a complete sell-out to the starter’s grid which saw team deVere Group top the podium with a race-winning time of 76 minutes and 11 seconds.

Paul Booth, Director of Club Operations, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club stated; “The team at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club are always striving to raise the bar to give our members and guests an unrivalled experience. We have created a unique event here in the UAE for golfers and non-golfers alike, and we are delighted Le Saadiyat Rallye has been a sell-out success.”

Between races, competitors and fans were entertained by leading UAE musician, DJ Koast and quality food and drinks served up by the Club’s experienced food and beverage team.

Le Saadiyat Rallye is an exciting addition to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s portfolio of distinctive events which has seen the internationally acclaimed Beatles tribute act “Get Back: The Story of the Beatles” perform on the Club’s event lawn and will welcome Michael Jackson’s ‘King of Pop – The Legend Continues’ this Boxing Day.