Nasser Al-Attiyah won four of the five stages of the Qatar Cross-Country for a dominant victory with co-driver Mathieu Baumel.
The home favourite led from start to finish for a winning margin of over one-and-a-half hours. Here is all you need to know:
Despite the dominance of the victory over 1,445 kilometres of timed
special stages, it was not without setbacks for Al-Attiyah, who suffered
three flat tyres on the final stage.
– He and Baumel moved
into a five-minute lead on Sunday’s opening stage, an advantage that was
up to half an hour by the end of stage two. The only stage they could
not win was the fourth, which had to be cut short because of adverse
– The result earned him sufficient points to lead the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.
“This was not an easy race with lots of navigation,”said the Qatari driver afterwards.
“On the final stage, we had three flat tyres. For the last 50 kilometes, we lost the pressure in the tyres and we reached the finish line with two punctures. But I won the stage and I lead the championship so we’re happy. This rally is very difficult if you don’t take care with speed. You will get a lot of problems. From the beginning, it was very tricky.”said the Qatari driver
– Al-Attiyah had been toppled in his bid to defend his Dakar Rally crown at the start of the year, having to make do with the runners-up spot and.
– Second placed was taken by Toyota duo Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Michael Orr, with the podium rounded off by Kuba Przygoński and Timo Gottschalk on debut in the Overdrive Toyota Hilux.
– The World Cup continues with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge from March 20-26.