X-raid makes a good start into the Sealine Cross Country Rally held in Qatar. In the 4.2-kilometre ‘Super Special’, Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al Rajhi and his Portuguese co-driver Filipe Palmeiro took their MINI ALL4 Racing to second position behind Nasser Al Attiyah. Meanwhile, Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei (UAE) and Andreas Schulz (GER) finished fifth on the first day of the third FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup round, with their MINI ALL4 Racing – two positions ahead of world-cup leader Jean-Louis Schlesser. The Russians Ilya Kusnetsov and Roman Elagin (BMW X3 CC) crossed the finish line of the ‘Super Special’ in 12th position.
Tomorrow, the competitors will have to cover a total distance of 330.51 kilometres, taking them to Southern Qatar. The special stage will feature dry lakebeds, dirt roads and smallish dunes.
Result Super Special:
1st N. S. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/L. Cruz Senra (ESP) Toyota Hilux – 2m 56.0s
2nd Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA)/F. Palmeiro (PRT) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3m 04.7s
3rd M. Zapletal (CZE)/M. Janacek (CZE) BMW X3 CC – 3m 08.3s
4th L. Alvarez (ARG)/B. Graue (ARG) Toyota Hilux – 3m 12.4s
5th K. Al-Mutaiwei (UAE)/A. Schulz (DEU) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3m 15.9s
6th F. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota HiLux – 3m 18.8s
7th J.-L. Schlesser (FRA)/K. Zlitstov (RUS) Schlesser Original – 3m 19.8s
8th V. Vasilyev (RUS)/V. Yevtyekhov (RUS) G-Force Proto – 3m 23.2s
9th M. Al-Hajri (QAT)/A. Y. Mohammed (UAE) Chevrolet Pick UP – 3m 23.3s
10th P. Sireyjol (FRA)/F.-X. Beguin (BEL) SMG Buggy – 3m 25.6s
11th B. Gadasin (RUS)/D. Shchemel (RUS) G-Force Proto – 3m 26.1s
12th I. Kusnetsov (RUS)/R. Elagin (RUS) BMW X3 CC – 3m 39.9s