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Motion in the FIA World Cup for Contaminated-Nation Rallies resumes this week with the fourth tournament in this yr’s sequence, Rallye du Maroc (October 7-13). Essentially based round a central bivouac in Zagora, south of Ouarzazate, the five legs take in a huge selection of technical, swiftly and sandy tracks, to boot to dunes, and will likely be the atmosphere for world-class action on the 21st anniversary tournament working in the Draa River valley in the southeast of Morocco.

Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov head a formidable entry checklist of their MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The Russians, main the sequence with two second positions overall this season, are on the alternative hand in the thick of a battle with Nasser Al Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel who’re upright half of a level adrift in the FIA World Cup standings. The Qatari/French Toyota pairing, returning to action in the sequence for the first for the explanation that opening round in Spain, have to not ultimate a lot of champions in the self-discipline, but possess an spectacular history of five victories on Rallye du Maroc (2014-2018).

Lucio Alvarez and Armand Monleon take joint third in the sequence alongside Mattias Ekström, the Argentine/Spanish pairing having claimed the exercise in Kazakhstan. Ekström and Emil Bergkvist will even be combating laborious for prime honours and, on equal facets and with upright two retaining apart them and Al Attiyah/Baumel, the Swedes will likely be looking to shut the outlet and better their third-residing enact on Rally Kazakhstan in June. Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Michael Orr also return to action of their Toyota Hilux Overdrive. The Saudi Arabian/British duo possess had a heavenly depart on recent events in the FIA World Cup for Contaminated-Nation Bajas, with Al-Rajhi main the sequence with one round ultimate. With a fifth residing enact in Morocco in 2019, when the tournament ultimate ran on account of the pandemic, they wish to capitalise on the momentum to decrease the eight level deficit to the lead in the FIA World Cup for Contaminated-Nation Rallies.

The French crew of Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot possess one fourth residing enact to their names this season, and the Polish/German pairing of Jakub Przygonski and Timo Gottschalk join the contenders for the first time this yr. They done third on the tournament in 2019. A host of alternative high corrupt-nation drivers also join the action in Morocco, along with Paulo Ferreira, Sebastian Halpern and Mathieu Serradori, who so nearly claimed a maiden victory with the Century CR6 in Kazakhstan.

The 13-accurate self-discipline of T3 contenders is headed by Cristina Gutierrez, who’s co-pushed by Frenchman François Cazalet. The Spanish OT3 driver is main the class by 20.5 facets after successful in Spain and Kazakhstan and her nearest rival, Fernando Alvarez, will again be pushing laborious after claiming two second positions in T3 this season.

No fewer than 25 crews possess entered in T4 with the terminate three sequence competitors going head to switch. American, Austin Jones, leads the class with a 27.5 level earnings over Dutchman Kees Koolen, whereas Eugenio Amos trails by an extra seven facets. All three will likely be fielding Can-Am Mavericks with the chasing pack looking to drop their high outcomes.

RALLY DATA

Total distance   

2,686.80 km

Selective portion distance:

1,633.52 km (60.8 %)

Kind of selective sections:

6

LEADING ENTRIES

Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Nasser Al Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Ronan Chabot/Gilles Pillot

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Jakub Przygonski/Timo Gottschalk

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

Paulo Rui Ferreira/David Monteiro

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Sebastian Halpern/Bernardo Graue

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

Mathieu Serradori/Loic Minaudier

Century CR6

Lucio Alvarez/Armand Monleon

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

RALLYE DU MAROC – TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday October 7

Scrutineering    

From 09: 00 hrs

Pre-tournament press convention

19: 00 hrs

Friday October 8 – Leg 1/Part 1

Originate of the rally/SS1A (10 km)

16: 42 hrs

Saturday October 9 – Leg 1/Part 2

Originate of SS1B (288.24 kilometres)             

11: 33 hrs

First car arrives bivouac

15: 48 hrs

Sunday October 10 – Leg 2

Originate of SS2 (334.66 kilometres)

11: 48 hrs

First car arrives bivouac

17: 05 hrs

Monday October 11 – Leg 3

Originate of SS3 (342 kilometres)     

11: 08 hrs

First car arrives bivouac

18: 01 hrs

Tuesday October 12 – Leg 4

Originate of SS4 (367.43 kilometres)

11: 03 hrs

First car arrives bivouac

16: 57hrs

Wednesday October 13 – Leg 5

Originate of SS5 (291.19 kilometres)

10: 58 hrs

First car arrives Parc Fermé        

15: 12 hrs

Podium/Prize-Giving

20: 30 hrs

FIA World Cup for Contaminated-Nation Rallies – Classifications:

https://www.fia.com/events/world-cup-corrupt-nation-rallies/season-2021/classifications-2


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