Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel romped to victory in Baja Hail I nowadays after a success every selective sections of the first of two consecutive encourage-to-encourage events closing the 2020 FIA World Cup for Infamous-Nation Bajas. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz accomplished 2nd, just loyal over six minutes adrift with Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger taking the final podium situation within the 2nd of two MINI John Cooper Works Buggies.

The route for the first of the two Bajas within the Kingdom took the 28 contenders into the dunes on the west aspect of the metropolis. The day earlier to this, Al-Attiyah set an early impress on his intentions and the Toyota driver powered to the stage victory, almost three minutes faster than Sainz. This day, he and navigator Baumel had one other trim elope to notch up one other fastest time and claim victory by six minutes and 10 seconds.

“This day used to be one other brilliant day for us, we believed in our tempo and we had handiest a technique, to push with brilliant tempo,” mentioned Al-Attiyah, who has now launched the crew into title contention. “We made stage nowadays with none errors, any problems, and no punctures and our Toyota used to be working totally. I am utterly pleased to exhaust Baja I; now we now comprise two days rest and Baja II will likely be masses of and we are attempting to fabricate our easiest, love typical.”

Sainz, a multiple champion all the method by means of world rallying, wrong-country rallying and the Dakar, accomplished 2nd with out of the ordinary navigator Cruz alongside him. The Spaniard used to be 2nd fastest by means of the earlier day’s 251 kilometre allotment and third nowadays used to be sufficient to real the MINI crew the placement after a pains-free match.

Stéphane Peterhansel, the reigning champion of the FIA World Cup for Infamous-Nation Rallies, and Edouard Boulanger, accomplished third within the earlier day’s stage after picking up a puncture. They accomplished nowadays’s shorter 275.54 kilometre allotment just loyal below three minutes adrift of Al-Attiyah to buy the final podium situation after a welcome replacement to envision sooner than the drawing shut Dakar Rally within the Kingdom.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi, co-pushed by Dirk von Zitzewitz, claimed dwelling honours with fourth in a single other Toyota Hilux Overdrive. The Saudi Arabian driver accomplished within the same situation on every sections, the earlier day suffering with low tyre pressures and a sensor philosophize.  Vladimir Vasilyev, co-pushed by Dmytro Tsyro, went into the match trailing Bernhard Ten Brinke by just loyal 1.5 points within the FIA World Cup for Infamous-Nation Bajas classification however the Russian’s fifth situation, sooner than his title rival, enabled him to maneuver ahead within the standings to buy the lead going into the final match of the 2020 season. Ten Brinke accomplished just loyal one situation within the encourage of, in sixth, after some points with engine management field-up and a unhurried puncture the earlier day. The Dutchman is quiet combating for the crown but needs a high consequence in Baja Hail II to buy a maiden title. Jakub Przygoński and Tom Colsoul suffered anxiety the earlier day, a misfire dashing hopes of a high consequence.

Honours in T3 had been claimed by Saudi Arabian driver Saleh Abdullah Alsaif and his French navigator Laurent Lichtleuchter. The Can-Am X3 RR crew accomplished a blinding eighth total, sooner than Guillaume de Mévius and Martijn Wydaeghe within the category. The Belgian’s want one other high consequence in Baja Hail II to fight for the title.

The T4 category used to be received by Kees Koolen and Jurgen van den Goorbergh in a Can-Am Maverick. The Dutch crew used to be trailing Aron Domzala within the series standings going into this match but their probabilities had been bolstered by transmission points for the Pole which aspect-lined him the earlier day. T2 used to be received by the nationwide crew of Youssef Oudah A Alshammari and Abdallah Alsuqairi in a Nissan Patrol.

After a rest day day after nowadays, Sunday, the crews win field for Baja Hail II, the final and decisive round of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Infamous-Nation Bajas (December 14-16).

Baja Hail I – Final classification


Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel

Toyota Hilux

6hr 14min 27sec


Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

6hr 20min 37sec


Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

6hr 23min 26sec


Yazeed Al Rajhi/Dirk Von Zitzewitz

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

6hr 29min 15sec


Vladimir Vasilyev/Dmitro Tsyro

Mini Cooper Works Rally

6hr 43min 02 sec


Bernhard Ten Brinke/Tom Colsoul

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

6hr 49min 56sec


Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov

MINI All 4 Racing

7hr 07min 55sec


Saleh Abdullah Alsaif/Laurent Lichtleuchter

Can-Am X3 RR

7hr 10min 19sec


Erik Van Loon/Sébastien Delaunay

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

7hr 12min 07sec


Miroslav Zapletal/Marek Sykora

Ford F150 EVO

7hr 13min 45sec

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