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Technical issues trouble Nasser in Stage 4

A sensor problem in the Qatari driver’s car forced him to pull out midway through the penultimate stage of the rally.
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah Looks On Even As Mathieu Baumel Throws Up His Hands In Despair During Stage 4 In The Rally Of Morocco
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah looks on even as Mathieu Baumel throws up his hands in despair during Stage 4 in the Rally of Morocco. Photo: @matthieubaumel/Twitter

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah’s hopes of winning the Rally of Morocco came crashing down in Stage 4 as he suffered a technical problem and was forced to pull out on Day 4.

Nasser was 205km into the 412km Stage 4 when a sensor problem in the car caused it to stall. He waited for about half an hour at that point and when he finally realised it could not be set right he and his co-driver France’s Mathieu Baumel returned to the starting point by road. The vehicle had to be towed back.

It was an unfortunate mishap for the Qatari driver and has now affected his chances of victory.

Even Stephane Peterhansel who is vying with Nasser for the driver’s title had his share of problems. His vehicle toppled off a cliff at 293km and he had to withdraw. Fortunately, Peterhansel and his wife Andrea were safe and there was no damage to the vehicle either.

Nasser’s setback provided a good opportunity for South Africa’s De Villiers Giniel to move into the lead. Giniel has been consistent from the start, managing to stay third or fourth. On Tuesday, another steady show propelled him to the front of the pack. He stands a good chance of a win if he pulls off another consistent display in the final stage on Wednesday.

Former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was in a better position, moving to ninth. It was his best placing since the start and was relatively a trouble-free day, compared to the punctures and technical issues which plagued him since day one.