Yazeed Al Rajhi second in the overall standings at Sealine Rally Qatar
18.04.2012: Sealine Cross Country Rally, Qatar - Stage 1
• Al Rajhi and Al Mutaiwei finish special stage one in third and sixth positions
Sealine Cross Country Rally, Qatar - Stage 1
• Al Rajhi and Al Mutaiwei finish special stage one in third and sixth positions respectively
• Kuznetsov completes the team result by coming ninth
In the first special stage of Qatar’s Sealine Cross Country Rally, all the three Team X-raid vehicles made it to the top 10. The fastest pairing, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR), took their MINI ALL4 Racing to third place. Three positions behind them, Khalifa Al Mutaiwei (UAE) and his navigator Andreas Schulz (GER) in the team’s second MINI ALL4 Racing came sixth. While the Russians Ilya Kuznetsov and Roman Elagin finished ninth, with their BMW X3 CC.
Despite having finished third in yesterday’s ‘Super Special’, Al Rajhi had to start into today’s 330.51-kilometre leg from eighth position as the seven drivers battling for FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup points were granted the positions at the front end of the field at the start.
At the first checkpoint, however, Al Rajhi had already worked his way up to third and although his MINI ALL4 Racing suffered two punctures, later on, he succeeded in defending this position until having crossed the finish line. In the overall standings, he holds second position behind Nasser Al Attiyah.
Al Mutaiwei from Dubai also was hampered by a puncture but afterwards, he worked his way back up to finish sixth, with his MINI ALL4 Racing. The third Team X-raid vehicle, the BMW X3 CC of Kuznetsov, had started into the leg from 12th position. The Russian opted for starting the first special stage with a somewhat conservative approach but gained time from checkpoint to checkpoint, none them less, and in the end, he finished ninth.
Result leg 1:
1st N. S. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/L. Cruz Senra (ESP) Toyota Hilux – 3h 03m 23s 2nd L. Alvarez (ARG)/B. Graue (ARG) Toyota Hilux – 3h 14m 07s 3rd Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA)/F. Palmeiro (PRT) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 14m 22s 4th F. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota HiLux – 3h 19m 53s 5th J.-L. Schlesser (FRA)/K. Zlitstov (RUS) Schlesser Original – 3h 21m 35s 6th K. Al-Mutaiwei (UAE)/A. Schulz (DEU) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 23m 31s … 9th I. Kusnetsov (RUS)/R. Elagin (RUS) BMW X3 CC – 3h 43m 28s ..
The FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup calendar:
15th March - Italian Baja - 7th Place Khalifa Al Mutaiwei /Andreas Schulz 30th March - Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2nd Place Khalifa Al Mutaiwei /Andreas Schulz 15th April - Sealine Cross Country Rally, Qatar 20th July - Baja Espana Aragon 23rd August - Baja Hungary 13th September - Baja Poland 29th September - Pharaons International Cross Country Rally, Egypt 1st November - 26th Baja Portalegre 500, Portugal
Additional events (tbc):
21st March - Hail Baja, Saudi-Arabia - 1st Place Yazeed Al Rajhi / Filipe Palmeiro 7th July - Silk Way Rally, Russia 14th October - Rally Morocco
- Start into the third FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup round- Both MINI ALL4 Racing secure top-five-positions X-raid makes a good start into the Sealine Cross Country Rally held in Qatar. In the 4.2-kilometre & weiter >>
Surprises in store in LimaThe Dakar Tour started this morning in Lima, where the first stages of the Dakar 2013 were unveiled. The sand dunes that will loom into the competitors’ sights right from the beginning of the race are whetting weiter >>
QMMF prepares to host its largest ever FIA/FIM Off-Road Motor Sport event in Qatar Desert • Ceremonial start on Doha Corniche from 3pm on Monday afternoon• Frenchman Schlesser starts defence of FIA World Cup lead in Qatar weiter >>
• Line-up comprises two MINI ALL4 Racing and a BMW X3 CC • Al-Mutaiwei wants to keep on adding points to his FIA World Cup tallyJust slightly more than a week after the FIA World Cup round in weiter >>
KTM factory rider Marc Coma (Spain) once again proved he is the supremo in the sand when he took a decisive victory in the Abu Dhabi Challenge, the first round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championsh weiter >>
2012 FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIESAbu Dhabi Desert Challenge, March 30-April 6, 2012• Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser wins sixth Desert Challenge title• Patrick Sireyjol takes third place; UAE’s Yayha Al-Helai in fourth weiter >>
KTM’s Marc Coma took a decisive step towards his sixth Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge title on Wednesday when he won the third leg by 8 minutes 47 seconds and reclaimed to overall lead ahead of what will be the tou weiter >>
Coma of Spain finished the day with a slim one minute 09 advantage over Helder Rodrigues of Portugal, who Marc had already identified as his greatest rival in the opening round of the world Rally raid Championship. Other top ten KTM r weiter >>
- Saudi Arabian Yazeed Al Rajhi and Portugal’s Filipe Palmeiro dominated the rally with their MINI ALL4 Racing - Superior performance of the X-raid pairing. In the Hail Rally that ended today, Saudi Arabia’s weiter >>
Today ASO confirmed that the Silkway Rally, 7-13 July 2012, will not be supported by the Dakar organising teams nor have the label Dakar Series.A three year agreement find herewith his end of the agreement for this year and ASO hope to find a common way for future collaboration.- ASO Paris - weiter >>
Saudi Arabian Motor Sport Federation puts finishing touches to 2012 Ha’il Desert Challenge programme• Hungarian Laci Polgar assists Elie Semaan to finalise event road book• Saudi’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi confirms entry in bid to win event for third time weiter >>
The Tomcat Africa girls team survived a trying and difficult weekend on Tomlinson's Ranch to bring their v8 powered Tomcat Lynx home a respectable sixth overall after two days of rally raid action. The team, consisting of Sue Jauss and Anita Irwin, were amongst thirtee weiter >>
Kick Energy driver Simon Sharpe, co-driven by Crispin Kennedy, won the opening round of the Kenya Rally Raid Championship held this weekend on Tomlinson Ranch near Mt Kenya. The event saw almost forty entries split amongst cars, buggies, quads and motor bi weiter >>
Valvoline™, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), announced that its recently introduced Valvoline All-Fleet Extra NextGen SAE 15W-40, ACEA E7-08 engine oil was selected as the engine oil of choice by the Van den Brink Rallysport & Mammoet Rallysport team at the recent 2012 Dakar Rally in South America. The Dutch team, driving in an X 22 GINAF, finished in 13th position in the tr weiter >>
Akrapovič and KTM’s ongoing partnership has proven to be a formidable combination in recent years. Another example of this classic tie-up came with a sensational one-two finish for KTM in the 2012 Dakar Rally, where both KTM factory machines were equipped with Akrapovič Special Development exhaust systems. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Cyril Despres was the weiter >>
... on their victory at the 2012 Rally DakarStéphane Peterhansel (FR) and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret (FR) have made it. At the end of the last of 14 demanding stages, the duo and its green MINI ALL4 Racing was confirmed as the winner o weiter >>
For the second year in a row Yamaha dominated the Quad category of the Dakar rally, sweeping the final podium and claiming every stage of the 9000km trek through Argentina, Chile and Peru. Alejandro Patronelli defended his crown ahead of his brother Marcos weiter >>
Yamaha filled a place on the podium of the world’s toughest and most prestigious rally for the second year in succession as Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues claimed third position overall on his WR450F Rally. The 32 year old pushed through almost 9000km from Buen weiter >>