Rally: Al Attiyah extends his lead on second day of Manateq Qatar Cross Country Rally

Rally: Al Attiyah extends his lead on second day of Manateq Qatar Cross Country Rally

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

·         Przygonski climbs to second place for MINI; Al-Rajhi retains third overall

·         Brazilian Varela gains 22-second T3 advantage over Oman’s Al-Zubair

LUSAIL (Qatar): Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel continued where they left off on Friday by setting the fastest time on the longer 323.58km second selective section of the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally on Saturday.

The Toyota Hilux crew reached the first checkpoint after 164.39km in just under 90 minutes, despite a flat tyre, but main rival Jakub Przygonski gained 15 seconds on the Toyota driver after passing both Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Bernhard Ten Brinke on the track.

Al-Attiyah redressed the balance through the subsequent kilometres and had eked out a virtual 90-second lead by PC2. He went on to finish the stage in 2hrs 52min 29sec and now leads Przygonski and his German navigator Timo Gottschalk by 8min 03sec in the overall standings.

Przygonski climbs to second place for MINI Credit -RallyZone -Edoardo Bauer

Doha-based Al-Attiyah said: “It was a good day, except for one flat tyre before the first PC where we lost close to two minutes. It was not easy to open, but we took a good stage without any technical problems. The navigation was very hard, but we had a good pace today.”

“It was a good stage and we were pushing,” said Przygonski, who drives a MINI John Cooper Works Rally. “It was hard navigation with a good job by Timo. The first part was really good, then we get puncture and we were with Ten Brinke in the dust and we lost some time. The car was okay and we were happy we could push. It was too dusty at the end of the stage and we lost time behind Yazeed.”

The pair were the class of the field, but a fascinating tussle developed between Toyota team-mates Al-Rajhi and Ten Brinke for third place. They were tied to the second after 220.78km of the day’s demanding stage, but the Dutchman stopped with multiple tyre issues before PC3 and Al-Rajhi was able to coast to the finish with the third fastest time and a similar position in the rankings. Ten Brinke eventually finished the stage and plummeted to 11th overall after sustaining a broken steering arm.

Al-Rajhi said: “We had two punctures, but everything in the stage was okay. No problems. Ten Brinke had three flat tyres and no more spare wheels….”

Mohammed Al-Harqan benefited from delays for fellow Qatari Mohammed Al-Meer to snatch the advantage -Credit-RallyZone – Edoardo Bauer

The Russian crew of Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov were a distant fourth in their BMW X3 CC after their own flat tyres, while Italian Eugenio Amos continued the form he showed on Friday and moved up to fifth in his Ford 2WD Buggy.

Amos said: “It was the most difficult stage of my life. It was very fast with tricky navigation and you lose yourself every 100 metres. It was strange having two punctures as well. It is not normal for this car. Maybe it was tyre pressure issues.”

Yasir Seaidan and French navigator Laurent Lichtleuchter rounded off the top six in the second of the X-raid MINIs, despite two punctures, and the Czech driver Miroslav Zapletal guided his Ford F-150 Evo to seventh overall.

Monster Energy Can-Am driver Reinaldo Varela lost considerable time early in the special with a series of three flat tyres, but the Brazilian stormed back into contention for the win as the stage progressed and was rewarded with the fastest time. Eighth in the overall rankings, the Brazilian now holds a 22-second advantage over South Racing Can-Am Team’s Omani driver Abdullah Al-Zubair.

“Punctures, belt issues, the whole shebang today,” reflected Al-Zubair. “But I hope to be 22 seconds in front of Reinaldo tomorrow….”

Mohammed Al-Attiyah began the day in eighth and topping the T3 standings, but the rally leader’s cousin stopped his Can-Am Maverick X3 with a series of punctures after the start and had dropped 17 minutes to Adel Abdulla by PC1. He recovered to hold 10th overall and third in T3. Russian driver Fedor Vorobeyev was 11th and fourth in T3 with his South Racing Can-Am.

Qatar’s Adel Abdulla was the first of the T3 runners to reach the opening checkpoint in his Can-Am Maverick X3 but the former T2 World Champion hit technical trouble soon afterwards with reported water in the fuel tank.

Mohammed Al-Harqan benefited from delays for fellow Qatari Mohammed Al-Meer to snatch the advantage in the T2 category for series production cross-country vehicles, despite his own transmission problems.

The day’s 323.58km selective section started 69.14km to the north of Lusail, close to Al-Khor, and wound its way down the western coast of Qatar, taking in three passage controls (164.39km, 220.78km and 259.41km) before heading inland to finish close to the village of Mukaynis. Crews returned to the overnight halt on a 77.15km road section.

Ibrahim Al-Muhanna had taken part in the opening stage under a stay of execution from the FIA scrutineers, after it came to light that there were certain safety anomalies with his Mercedes Unimog in the T4 technical regulations. He risked disqualification from the event if they were not rectified, but was permitted to restart.

Mubarak Al-Khelaifi, Ahmed Al-Kuwari and Rashed Al-Mohannadi had been awarded stage maximum penalties after the opening leg that pushed them even further out of contention, but Al-Kuwari bounced back strongly with the 10th quickest time on the second stage.

Credit-RallyZone – Edoardo Bauer



The third selective section on Sunday is the longest of the entire event, runs for 351.98km and follows a road liaison of 69.14km from the Lusail Sports Arena. A second road section of 68.95km returns competitors to the bivouac and service park. The first part of the stage will also act as the second of the Qatar Manateq Bajas.

2019 Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally – positions on SS2 (unofficial @ 14.30hrs)

  1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive                2hrs 52min 29sec
  2. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Timo Gottschalk (DEU) MINI John Cooper Works Rally                                2hrs 56min 01sec

  3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (DEU) Toyota Hilux Overdrive                              2hrs 57min 10sec

  4. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) BMW X3 CC                                           3hrs 03min 43sec

  5. Yasir Seaidan (SAU)/Laurent Lichtleuchter (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally             3hrs 16min 40sec

  6. Eugenio Amos (ITA)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA) Ford 2WD Buggy                                           3hrs 22min 44sec


2019 Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally – positions after SS2 (unofficial @ 15.07hrs)

  1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive                3hrs 45min 09sec
  • Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Timo Gottschalk (DEU) MINI John Cooper Works Rally                                3hrs 53min 12sec

  • Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (DEU) Toyota Hilux Overdrive                              3hrs 53min 50sec

  • Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) BMW X3 CC                                           4hrs 01min 04sec

  • Eugenio Amos (ITA)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA) Ford 2WD Buggy                                           4hrs 22min 33sec

  • Yasir Seaidan (SAU)/Laurent Lichtleuchter (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally             4hrs 23min 29sec

  • Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)/Marek Sykora (SVK) Ford F150 Evo                                                  4hrs 51min 28sec

  • Reinaldo Varela (BRA)/Gustavo Gugelmin (BRA) Can-Am Maverick T3                                 5hrs 26min 09sec

  • Abdullah Al-Zubair (OMN)/Nasser Al-Kuwari (QAT) Can-Am Maverick T3                         5hrs 26min 31sec

  • Mohammed Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Sergio Lafuente (URY) Can-Am Maverick T3                       5hrs 42min 08sec

  • Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) Toyota Hilux Overdrive                              5hrs 58min 48sec

  • Mohammed Al-Harqan (QAT)/Vili Oslaj (SLO) Nissan Patrol T2                                         6hrs 06min 37sec

  • Fedor Vorobeyev (RUS)/Kirill Shubin (RUS) Can-Am Maverick X3 T3                                  6hrs 11min 59sec

  • Mohammed Al-Meer (QAT)/Alexey Kuzmich (RUS) Toyota Land Cruiser T2                      6hrs 59min 04sec

  • Camelia Liparoti (ITA)/Max Delfino (FRA) Yamaha YZX 1000 R T3                                      7hrs 19min 05sec

  • Khalid Al-Mohannadi (QAT)/Loic Minaudier (FRA) Polaris RZR 1000               T3                            7hrs 32min 58sec

  • Follow the rally live


    facebook feed

    Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

    31 minutes ago


    LIVE �: MotoGP eSport Championship Global Series Round 2 ... See Less

    Comment on Facebook



    46 / 20





    Vale 46










    View more comments

    31 minutes ago


    We CAN'T get tired of watching this🤩

    Sit back and enjoy the battle for second between Rossi and Lorenzo at the 2016 #AragonGP 🏁
    ... See Less

    Comment on Facebook

    god job

    Love how marquez just stands it up over the line

    Why all of sudden your post it's about Rossi's throwback? Will he retired? 😭😭 I hope not 😭😭

    And the runaway leader goes to : #MM93Alien

    Rossi’s bike always struggles on acceleration out of slow corners even compared to other Yamahas


    Lucas Cualquiera

    Søren Overgaard

    Marc Márquez


    View more comments

    1 hr ago


    It was an incident-packed second practice under the lights in Singapore 😮

    Here are the best bits 🍿 🇸🇬
    ... See Less

    Comment on Facebook

    Very interesting race weekend. Third practice with the event gear box will be an exciting one ..

    That stroll is the best driver tho! 😊

    Stroll is my favourite driver

    Good job racing point 🥴

    Both driver at racing point should have been watching the F1 from tv

    Thanks for describing me the video, Mr. Commentary Man. Wouldn't know what to do without you.

    Racing point is up to no good this weekend 😂

    Both Racing Point drivers showed why they are in F1... money

    Racing point... 🤦‍♂️

    P3 grazie tutti Matthew Rozdilsky

    These guys need to fold that badly.. worst drivers in the field 😖



    Go Leclerc

    Daniel White

    Luke Wrench

    I don't know why***


    Stroll it’s a bag of potatoes on wheels! Jizz!

    Billy Estropia

    Janus Uhd Jepsen det bliver et fedt løb😂

    Rodrigo Thauam

    Aquí presumiendo mi insignia


    the 2 stupids drivers on the grid

    View more comments

    2 hrs ago


    Getting close to the wall in Singapore has its benefits... but not quite *this* close 👀 ... See Less

    Comment on Facebook

    Perez is Magnussen's Kryptonite

    The Stewards determined that the manoeuvre by Perez met the definition of driving “unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers” and therefore ordered a reprimand.

    Am glad Checo gave Magnussen a dose of one's own medicine!

    Bring back memories where perez slammed into Sirotkin.. so talented!

    Perez driving slow, looked over, drove deliberately in front of magnussen. Starts his lap. Complains about his own actions. People is saying karma. If this was your precious Hamilton it would have been a different view right? Or max, or leclerc. Yes I thought so.

    Love Singapore track, lots of action💪🏁Forza Ferrari🇮🇹

    No sane F1 driver, on a warm-up lap, would try to pass another driver also on a warm-up lap on the outside in the run down to the last corner as both cars were about to begin a lap. That's the absolute last thing the driver ahead would anticipate him doing. And for all you geniuses who think that Perez turned into him, he was moving to the right to begin accelerating ahead of the last corner to begin a flying lap. The last corner is a left, so the natural entry line is on the right.

    It's not like Kevin is an angel on track. The only reason he has mirrors on his car, is to generate airflow.

    Nice to see they implemented a "minimum speed limit on track" after the last races farce. Ooh look, it was the pink cars fault... AGAIN!

    Magnussen is probably the first driver in the history of F1 that managed to anger every driver on the grid, says it all tbf what kind of driver he is, like what the hell?😂

    Once again Perez being a 🔔🔚 in Singapore! Must be something in the air

    Perez wanted room to start a hotlap and Mag did not cede this space, so the touch... If Mag wasn't around fast, you should have facilitated Perez's work!

    I won't even bother trying to explain this one, as 99% of the fan base clearly expect the drivers to treat the racetrack like a highway.

    These two worth each other, only Grosjean is "better'! 😉 :v

    Perez doing great in Singapore putting people in the wall as usual. Slim’s money is the only reason he’s still in a car.

    This was all mags fault in my opinion. Checo was just about to start his flying lap for. Qual sim run.

    Perez is always doing this even on the last race in Singapore he did that to Ocon

    Not a mistake,, deliberate. Perez loves being a d***k. Deserved a Pen

    The track was clear on the other side, but he loves sandwiches

    Actually is a qualy lap in f1 2019 game start the qualy and that moment a car exit

    I swear a lot of you twats don’t even know the rules set by the stewards so you just comment just for the hell of it.

    Both pay drivers.....

    Small mistake but worth a 3 place penalty

    Haas has issues with the car and the drivers.

    What is with these Haas guys, consistently getting into trouble with others/each other

    View more comments

    Load more