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UAE Desert Challenge 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the UAE Desert Challenge 2007, last round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

UAE Desert Challenge: Al Attiyah retired with electrical problems.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Swedish co-driver Tina Thoerner produced another scintillating display on the first of Friday’s two special stages of the UAE Desert Challenge, but cruel late electrical problems cost the crew a potentially hard-earned second place.

The AlgoDyne Green Power Racing Team endured a disappointing end to a superb week’s driving by the Qatari. Al-Attiyah also missed out on becoming the second Qatari to win the UAE Desert Challenge since it was introduced to the FIA World Cup in 1993 - Saeed Al-Hajri won in 1993.

Brazilians Paulo Nobre and Filipe Palmeiro began the day in 16th overall and fifth on the road. Paulo finished the first of the two stages in ninth place and set the fifth fastest time on the final section, but lost his chance of taking the FIA World Cup title earlier in the week.

French team mates Guerlain Chicherit and Matthieu Baumel were classified 25th overall at the start of the final leg, but they did not run on today’s stage, after driver illness and rear differential problems cost them dearly over the last two days. Team management decided to keep any available spare parts to assist Al-Attiyah’s final assault for the podium.

"What a disappointing finish to a very positive week," said team director Sven Quandt. "Nasser was driving so well and looked set for a great finish, but then he had electrical problems near the end of the stage. The car would start and then stop again. This is something we obviously need to address in the coming days, but it has spoiled a very good result."

2007/11/03 | 13:57 CET | Editor: MR/HS/X-Raid

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