Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel claimed their first FIA World Cup for Depraved Nation Rallies title at the present time as Giniel de Villiers, co-pushed by Alex Haro, took his fourth Rallye du Maroc victory.

Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel all over again made history by turning into the first husband and partner crew to take care of the FIA World Cup for Depraved Nation Rallies*. After hitting problems and losing time in the penultimate leg of Rallye du Maroc, the MINI crew’s easiest hope of successful the title became once to at the least back their fifth scream to the elevate out line after title competitors Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel were compelled to retire from the day earlier than at the present time’s leg. In doing so, they won the title by a mere three points.

Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro won the Rallye du Maroc, the Toyota Hilux crew finishing the occasion standard with a stage victory en path to a 17 minute 42 2nd successful margin over MINI’s Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz. Privateers Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin provisionally carried out third of their Century Racing CR6, nonetheless following put up-occasion scrutineering the crew became once disqualified for the automobile being underweight and all following competitors moved up the leaderboard.

These days’s final leg took the crews from the Erfoud bivouac back in direction of Fes on a 168 kilometre selective part. De Villiers, third on avenue, began with a four minute 47 2nd advantage over Sainz, all too unsleeping the Spaniard would be pushing laborious for the take care of. The stage take care of, as Sainz hit problems, supposed the South African took an spectacular successful margin.

“It feels effective, inconceivable,” said de Villiers, now a four time winner of Rallye du Maroc. “This one took a while to attain, and it’s truly special to take care of the rally first day day out with Alex. Thank you to the crew, they did a giant job the total week on the automobile. I’m sorry for Nasser and Mathieu in regards to the be troubled the day earlier than at the present time, nonetheless at the least we were there to back out it for the crew. It’s a giant take care of for Toyota and thanks to Alex for a giant job navigating. There possess been some anxious cases in the automobile, nonetheless I mediate we obtained along effectively collectively and the take care of positively affords us self belief for the long stir.”

Sainz dropped time in the part, lucky to attain the elevate out line and back 2nd total courtesy of a tow from fellow MINI driver Jakub Przygoński. “We misplaced the total water, possibly a water pipe broke or something,” said the two-time FIA World Rally Champion. “I mediate it has been a extremely certain rally for the crew and for us to face in withhold watch over and be taught in regards to the automobile. I’m reasonably chuffed.”

Following Serradori’s disqualification, Przygoński and co-driver Timo Gottschalk one method or the opposite carried out on the podium in third, making improvements to effectively from their first day problems. “These days became once a tricky stage with truly narrow parts and a spread of stones, it became once no longer so easy to power snappily,” said the Pole. “Primarily we were making an strive to survive. In the final 10 kilometres we seen Carlos Sainz and stopped to help and we towed him to the halt. It’s about crew spirit and he is on the elevate out line and nonetheless 2nd; that’s effective for the crew result.”

After what at the delivery looked enjoy a hopeless jam following the day earlier than at the present time’s accident, Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel bounced back and claimed the worthy-wished scream to develop to be the first husband and partner crew no longer easiest to take care of a round of the World Cup [Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge] nonetheless the FIA World Cup for Depraved Nation Rallies.

“It’s the first year collectively and it’s a spread of success,” said a gratified Stéphane, remarkably a chief time winner of the FIA World Cup title. “We would additionally additionally be better nonetheless it completely became once truly fantastic to power collectively. The previous day it became once that it’s good to be ready to imagine to back out the double; take care of the Morocco Rally and additionally the World Cup nonetheless we didn’t, it became once too mammoth a mistake. I became once missing the World Cup title, I became once never centered on this nonetheless we had the chance with X-Raid, with Mini, to back out three races and we take this probability collectively and it’s fantastic, for definite. The first mammoth emotion became once after we won collectively the Abu Dhabi Desolate tract Scenario, I mediate it became once the first time a couple take care of a round of the World Cup, and now we take care of the World Cup so it’s truly truly fantastic. Big emotion within the automobile and for definite an awesome reminiscence.”

Including to his feedback, Andrea said: “I feel effective, it became once enjoy a rollercoaster! It became once from hero to zero to hero all over again, inconceivable. It’s every other component while you elevate out this along with your partner, it’s no longer the identical and the feelings are more so we are fully chuffed.”

Yazeed Al Rajhi, on his first rally with co-driver Michael Orr, became once chuffed to attain the elevate out in fifth. “We had a spread of obnoxious success with punctures, nonetheless all the things is okay with a brand new skills with my co-driver,” said the Saudi Arabian. “It’s the first time Michael is with me in the automobile and he doesn’t possess a spread of skills of wrong nation, that’s why we were misplaced at one level. However sooner or later we elevate out it effectively.”

Nani Roma, in his new Borgward automobile, claimed sixth. “A new adventure began for me, a brand new jam first and main of the rally,” said the Spaniard. “For the first two days it became once laborious for the crew, and me too; now we possess got diverse problems and I had two and half days enjoy that. However in the halt I’m truly chuffed.”

Fernando Alonso, eighth in at the present time’s final part, carried out his first international wrong nation rally in 26th scream. “I feel effective,” said the Spaniard, co-pushed by Marc Coma. “Clearly we had points more or less on each day basis, nonetheless we are discovering out from them and even at the present time it became once a extremely fantastic stage to power, very fantastic landscape. However we had some difficulties and we obtained misplaced just a few cases, nonetheless even with these objects I feel contented with the scream, the time, and finishing Morocco rally is no longer as easy because it looks. We did it at the first strive so I’m chuffed for that. Many things to be taught now from my side for the long stir.”

The T3 title became once won by Reinaldo Varela, the Brazilian navigated by Gustavo Gugelmin. The duo carried out the occasion first of their class taking most points to switch Fedor Vorobyev in the total World Cup standings.

T2 in Morocco became once won by Poland’s Tomasz Baranowski/Grzegorz Konczak, nonetheless Qatar’s Mohammed Al Meer had already secured the title after successful final day day out in Kazakhstan.

Click on the next hyperlink to learn the total final classifications for the 2019 FIA World Cup for Depraved Nation Rallies: https://www.fia.com/events/world-cup-wrong-nation-rallies/season-2019/classifications

* Self-discipline to the legit publication of the outcomes by the FIA

Rallye du Maroc – Closing Results


Giniel de Villiers/Alex Haro

Toyota Hilux

17hr 48min 44sec


Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

18hr 06min 26sec


Jakub Przygoński/Timo Gottschalk

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

18hr 47min 11sec


Stéphane Peterhansel/Andrea Peterhansel

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

19hr 18min 18sec


Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

20hr 17min 54sec


Nani Roma/Dani Oliveras

Borgward BX7 DKR Evo

20hr 32min 47sec


Reinaldo Varela/Gustavo Gugelmin

Can-Am Maverick

20hr 39min 35sec


Sergei Kariakin/Anton Vlasiuk

Snag Proto

20hr 41min 07sec


Aleksandr Dorosinskiy/Oleg Uperenko

Can-Am Maverick X3

20hr 49min 00sec


Austin Jones/Kellon Walch

Can-Am Maverick X3

21hr 36min 53sec

Rallye du Maroc winners, Giniel de Villers and Alex Haro

Photos: @DPPI

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