Spoiled Nation – Al-Attiyah takes broad lead as opponents hit complications


Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel trust claimed a broad advantage on the 2d leg of the Qatar Spoiled Nation Rally, the outlet round of the FIA World Cup for Spoiled Nation Rallies. The Toyota pairing trailed in 2d arena all over loads of the piece nevertheless then benefitted when both Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr and Jakub Przygonski/Timo Gottschalk hit complications in the sister Hilux autos. As such, Al Attiyah now leads his house round of the sequence by one hour, six minutes and 49 seconds over the T3 crew of Austin Jones/Gustavo Gugelmin who trust climbed from fifth to 2d. Al Rajhi and Orr trust slipped to Third, nevertheless most efficient one minute and 38 seconds extra adrift.

Recently stage changed into as soon as the 2d longest of the rally and took the crews over a 334.25 kilometre piece that damage its methodology from the north sooner than heading south down the western aspect of the nation. Al-Attiyah started the day with six minutes in hand to Al Rajhi, who picked up a 10-2d penalty for a speeding infringement final night. No longer like the day long previous by, the Qatari changed into as soon as no longer the pacesetter in the piece and trailed Al Rajhi except his Toyota group-mate started haemorrhaging time. Al-Attiyah’s advantage changed into as soon as extra extended when third-placed Jakub Przygonski and Timo Gottschalk misplaced impartial about two hours sooner than limping to the enact.

“It’s been a correct day, appropriate one destroyed tyre fifty kilometres sooner than the enact,” acknowledged stage winner, Al-Attiyah. “We had a correct gallop, correct navigation and we’re barely cheerful. This rally is terribly hard whenever you happen to don’t set care with the velocity; you can gain a form of complications. From the foundation it changed into as soon as very tricky nevertheless Mathieu [Baumel] did a correct job.”

After a measured efficiency the day long previous by, Jones and Gugelmin trust powered up the leaderboard, no longer most efficient benefitting from the complications experienced by Al Rajhi and Przygonski, nevertheless also when fourth-placed T3 chief Khalid Al Mohannadi misplaced time. The American/Brazilian crew are now in a shock 2d arena and head the T3 category by appropriate over 19 minutes. “That changed into as soon as a correct one nevertheless really exhausting, really long and rocky,” acknowledged Jones. “We had moderately of a guidance subject so I’ve had my palms elephantine with that, nevertheless this present day’s stage has had a form of attrition and we’re here. For us even though, what an insane consequence, we’re enormous cheerful; awesome!”

Al Rajhi could maybe well moreover trust most efficient slipped one arena, into third, nevertheless he’s now over 68 minutes adrift of Al-Attiyah in the final classification. He changed into as soon as on a sizzling slump thru the start up of the piece nevertheless changed into as soon as relieved to be triumphant in the enact after dropping so worthy time. “We had a vitality guidance subject and misplaced the total oil,” explained Al Rajhi, who changed into as soon as fifth thru the piece. “We also had two punctures and the windscreen is cracked after an impact in a ditch. We’re here even though and day after as of late is a diversified day.”

Khalid Al Mohannadi and Sébastien Delaunay misplaced positon to Jones nevertheless done the piece in third to settle their fourth arena total. “We had two flat tyres and the intercom broke about 30 kilometres into the piece,” acknowledged Al Mohannadi, now 2d in T3.

Ahmed Al-Kuwari and Manuel Lucchese had been happy to trust climbed the leaderboard and now relieve third in the T3 category and fifth total. “A sizable consequence,” acknowledged the Qatari driver. “It changed into as soon as a tough stage, long and technical, nevertheless we loved it. We had two punctures and then needed to set it moderately easy with no more spares.” Saleh Alsaif and Ali Hassan Obaid moved one arena up the leaderboard to round out the highest six of their Can-Am X3. 

Jakub Przygonski and Timo Gottschalk had a disastrous day with a broken guidance arm, the Toyota Hilux crew dropping impartial about two hours to Al-Attiyah, dropping them from third to seventh. After struggling to manufacture emergency repairs in the wilderness, the crew changed into as soon as forced to limp to the enact. “It changed into as soon as a exhausting stage for us,” acknowledged the Pole. “We had correct rhythm nevertheless in a single enormous jump we had been too fleet and zigzag an [steering] arm.”

Tuesday’s third Al-Kharsaah selective piece is the longest of the event at 340.28km and heads down in direction of the Inland Sea, sooner than turning north-west and heading motivate thru the central deserts.

Manateq Qatar Spoiled Nation Rally – Provisional outcomes after Leg 2 (16: 30 hrs local)


Nasser Al Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel

Toyota Hilux

4hr 59min 16sec


Austin Jones/Gustavo Gugelmin

Can-Am Maverick

6hr 06min 05sec


Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux

6hr 07min 43sec


Khalid Al Mohannadi/Sébastien Delaunay

Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo

6hr 25min 13sec


Ahmed Al-Kuwari/Manuel Lucchese

Can-Am Maverick X3

6hr 55min 46sec


Saleh Alsaif/Ali Hassan Obaid

Can-Am X3 2019

6hr 59min 16sec


Jakub Przygonski/Timo Gottschalk

Toyota Hilux

6hr 59min 42sec


Kees Koolen/Serge Bruynkens

OT3 Overdrive

7hr 12min 50sec


Balazs Szalay/Laszlo Bunkozci

Birth Grandland X

7hr 23min 02sec


Mohammed Al Harqan/Vili Oslaj

Can-Am Maverick X3

8hr 08min 41sec

T3 leaders and 2d total, Austin Jones/Gustavo Gugelmin

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