Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah won the 21st edition of the Moroccan Desert Rally, the fourth round of the 2021 World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, which lasted for seven days amid the participation of the most prominent rally drivers, and topped the general ranking of the world championship.
The coronation of Al Attiyah and his navigator French Mathieu Baumel in a Toyota Hilux, came after taking first place in the general standings at the end of the five stages with a total time of 15.52.10 hours, 15.58 minutes behind of his nearest competitor, the Saudi driver Yazid Al Rajhi, accompanied by his British navigator Michael Oro in a Toyota Hilux, who came second with a total time of 16.08.08 hours, while Argentine driver Lucio Alvarez, accompanied by his Spanish navigator Armand Monleon in a Toyota Hilux, came third with a total time of 17.03.02 hours.
The title is the sixth for the Qatari rider in the Morocco Rally after 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, topping the general standings of the World Cup for Cross Country Rally Championship, before competing in the last two rounds, the Emirates Challenge Rally and the Hail Rally in Saudi Arabia during the coming months of November and December respectively.
The fifth and final stage, which was held today, witnessed the victory of Al Attiyah after covering a total distance of 444.72 kilometers, including 291.19 kilometers subject to the timing, in a time of 1.37.50 hours, 3.42 minutes behind his nearest competitor, the second place Polish driver Jakob Przygonski accompanied by German Timo Gottschalk in a Toyota Hilux with a time of 1.41.32 hours, while the Saudi driver Yazeed Al Rajhi came in third place with a time of 1.42.27 hours.
Al Attiyah expressed his great happiness at winning the Moroccan Rally title for the sixth time in its history, especially that this victory gave him the lead in the overall standings of the World Cup for Cross Country Rally before entering the last two rounds.
Source and cover image credit: QNA
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