Nasser builds on lead, stays ahead of field
Jakub Pryzgonski surprises rivals with splendid display while Stephane Peterhansel moves up to third.
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel of France built on their lead of the first leg and ensured they were well ahead of the rest at the end of Rally of Morocco’s second leg on Sunday.
The season finale in the World Cup for Cross Country Rallies featured another gruelling 385km timed section which took the drivers through the dunes of Erg Chebbi and Ouzina.
RESULTS (AFTER LEG 2)
- 1. Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah (Qatar) / Mathieu Baumel (France) 04:55:09
- 2. Jakub Pryzgonski (Poland) / Timo Gottschalk (Germany) 05:06:18
- 3. Stephane Peterhansel (France)/Andrea Peterhansel (Germany) 05:07:41
- 4. De Villiers Giniel (South Africa)/ Haro Alex (Spain) 05:09:04
- 5. Carlos Sainz (Spain)/ Lucas Cruz (Spain) 05:11:03
Neither the terrain nor the challengers could unsettle Nasser and Mathieu and they finished a clear 11:09min ahead of their closest rival Jakub Pryzgonski of Poland and Timo Gottschalk of Germany.
The duo finished with a time of 4hr, 55min, 9sec while the Polish-German duo clocked 5:06:18.
The husband and wife team of Stephane Peterhansel and Andrea were third in a time of 5:07:41.
France’s Stephane Peterhansel, who is in contention for the driver’s title along with Nasser, had a better outing finishing in third place. He was however still behind his Polish rival Pryzgonski who surprised the field with amazing consistency.
It was Spain’s Carlos Sainz who seemed to be close on Nasser’s heels early on. He showed an impressive pace in some key sectors, but a flat tyre dashed his hopes of catching up with the Qatari driver.
Former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso and his co-driver Marc Coma moved up to 10th place with a better performance which was relatively trouble-free for them. They were bogged down by the rocky terrain and two punctures and were placed 21st on Saturday.