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Nasser powers ahead despite tough conditions

The Qatari driver’s exceptional skills saw him through another gruelling day in the Rally of Morocco.
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah And Co Driver France’s Mathieu Baumel Tackle The Sand Dunes In The Rally Of Morocco
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah and co-driver France’s Mathieu Baumel tackle the sand dunes in the Rally of Morocco. Rallye Du Maroc/Tiwtter.

There seems to be no real challenge for Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel from the other drivers in the Rally of Morocco. The only true opposition that Nasser and Mathieu are up against looks to be the terrain.

While the sand dunes and rocky terrain gave the competitors a torrid time, Nasser and his co-driver seemed always up to the task. It was stage three of the rally and 440kms to be covered, the longest segment of the 2500km five-leg competition. Again there was no stopping the Qatari driver. While there was a little slowing down because of the dunes, it did not affect the overall result at the end of Leg 3. Nasser and Mathieu were still ahead of the rest of the field despite the gruelling drive.

The other positions continued to shift with Carlos Sainz, placed fifth on Sunday, moving up to second with an impressive display. Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al Rajhi who was lingering at the back of the field moved up to third with a gritty performance.

South Africa’s De Villiers Giniel stayed in fourth position with a steady outing on Monday.

Polish driver Jakub Pryzgonski dropped to fourth from second.

France’s Stephane Peterhansel dropped out of the top five but lingered in sixth place to suggest that he could make a dash for it if required in the final two legs.

Spain’s Fernando Alonso had another poor day and was forced to withdraw after about 75kms. The vehicle which the Spanish driver and his co-driver countryman Marc Coma were driving hit a hole causing damage to the front suspension. It was a severe blow and there was no way Alonso and his co-driver could take further part in Monday’s action. They are hoping to be back on Tuesday.