Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge which starts this weekend. 

The team had entered two Prodrive Hunter T1+ cars for Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma in the class for 2022 specification cars, as part of the team’s ongoing test and development programme for Dakar next year.

In a statement issued today, BRX said: “On Monday this week (1 November) during a week-long test programme in Dubai, the BRX team suffered a major fire while refuelling one of its cars.

“One of the team’s technicians suffered severe burns.  He was treated immediately by the team’s paramedics and taken to a local hospital by the on-site ambulance. He has subsequently been moved to a specialist burns unit in Dubai where he is undergoing treatment. 

“Clearly all the team’s thoughts and focus are now on the welfare of our injured teammate and his family.  After discussion with the whole team, including the drivers, we have decided it is not appropriate to compete on this weekend’s event.

“We are currently undertaking a full investigation into the incident and co-operating with the local police and fire service, who promptly attended the scene. The team will return to its test and development programme later this month with the focus on a successful participation at the Dakar Rally in January.”