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Sealine Rally Qatar: Stage victories for Al Attiyah, Sunderland and Abu Issa.




Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland and Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa won the punishing 396.46 km second selective section of the "Sealine Cross-Country Rally" on Tuesday. Al-Attiyah, Spaniard Marc Coma and Abu Issa hold the unofficial outright leads in the car, motorcycle and quad categories.

Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel led from start-to-finish in their Mini All4 Racing and managed to extend their overall lead to 24:29 minutes over Saudi’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi and his German co-driver Timo Gottschalk in an Overdrive Toyota Hilux.

"It was a good day, no problems," said the Qatari. "To be the first car and open the road is not easy, but the feeling with the car was incredible. Matthieu did a great job for the second day. I pushed hard and I knew this would be a test for him as well. But it was a good job. Maybe I soften the rear suspension tomorrow to make the wheels travel better over the rocky ground, but I am not worried about opening again. I am very happy."

Yazeed Al-Rajhi was upbeat despite losing his way three times. "I started well and was driving well," said the Saudi. "Then we lost our way. It is easy to do that in Qatar. There were three Minis going round and round until one of us found the track. I lost four or five minutes, but the goal was to be in front of Vladimir (Vasilyev) and I am doing that, so that’s okay."

Overnight motorcycle leader Joan Barreda was always going to struggle opening the stage and he reached the finish in sixth position, as Sunderland claimed the stage win and climbed from seventh overall to fifth.

"It looks good on paper to have won the stage, but the strategy and the tactics mean that I will lose it all again tomorrow," said Sunderland. "Nice stage, tricky navigation and it’s good to get the stage win, but this rally had no Prologue and my seeding position was not really favourable, so I’m back to square one again."

Coma holds the unofficial lead. "Today was a better rhythm and a better balance for me," said the four-time Dakar winner. "It’s a case of finding the balance between speed and concentrating on the navigation. To lead the way for 400km is never easy. Temperatures were not a factor, but the sand is more compact in the mornings and that helps a lot. I will just keep going and see."

Qatar’s Abu Issa was in inspired form on his Honda quad and he managed to catch and ride with Poland’s Rafal Sonik to extend the lead he had inherited on Monday evening when Sonik incurred a five-minute time penalty. Adel Hussein Abdullah was running well behind the leading duo in third place.

"I started two minutes behind Rafal (Sonik) and managed to catch and ride with him," said Abu Issa. Then, after 178km, at the refuel, I got fuel in my googles and they began to melt. I had to ride on without goggles until Rafal lent me a pair of googles. It was not comfortable at all today, but I managed to keep the lead."

The 396.46 km second selective section included four passage controls at the 29.75 km, 130.03 km, 178.67 km and 244.93 km points. Three quads, 15 motorcycles and 20 cars started the special. A fire had badly damaged Saudi driver Ahmed Al-Shegawi’s Chevrolet Buggy on Monday afternoon and he retired.

Rafal Sonik was awarded a five-minute time penalty after stage one by race officials for having a missing time card and he slipped behind Mohammed Abu Issa and Adel Hussein in the quad rankings. Car drivers Holowczyc and Al-Rajhi were handed one-minute time penalties for minor speeding violations.

The special started to the far south-west of Doha and headed north through the desert along the western coast, before turning south, passing under the Salwa road, and then east across the south of the country to a finish 4.85 km from the Sealine bivouac.

Sunderland was in fine form early on and was 55 sec quicker than nearest rival Rodrigues to PC1 and Abu Issa had extended his virtual lead over Sonik by 2min 11sec in the quad category. Al-Attiyah continued to edge clear of his rivals and was 40sec quicker than Al-Rajhi to the checkpoint.

Sunderland continued to edge clear of the pack in virtual terms at PC2 and PC3. The Briton was comfortably quicker than Paolo Goncalves, as the tail-enders in the leading group continued to close in on the front-runners. By PC3 and PC4, Barreda, Coma, Goncalves, Viladoms and Sunderland were riding close together and Al-Attiyah extended his advantage over Al-Rajhi to 6min 29sec in the car category.

Sunderland held on to take the stage win and reduce some of the damage his navigational problems had caused on Monday, but it was Faria’s turn to lose his way on the second stage and the Portuguese plummeted out of contention for the win after taking a wrong track early on. He finished the stage before any other rider, but could look forward to over 25hrs of time penalties at the bivouac. "I lost the way very early and came back into the stage to reach the finish, but it’s over now for me with all the waypoints I missed," admitted the Portuguese.

Al-Attiyah reached the stage finish 11min 15sec in front of his nearest rival in the car category to record a second stage win from Pole Martin Kaczmarski. Al-Rajhi lost time between PC2 and PC3 with navigational errors and finished the stage in third, but moved up to second overall.

Today competitors will tackle the longest stage of the entire event – a torturous 411.76km loop stage through southern Qatar – with the first bike reaching the start at 05.45 hrs.

2014/04/23 | 10:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PERKINS











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