Al-Attiyah takes Rally Morocco lead as Sainz stops

Two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah established a comfortable advantage out front in Rally Morocco with one day to go as erstwhile leader Carlos Sainz stopped.

Peugeot driver Sainz had led Al-Attiyah by five minutes coming into Day 4 and was the leader at CP1 at the 75km mark.

However, he stopped just three kilometres later with a technical problem and is yet to come through at CP2.

Al-Attiyah, who won the rally last year, completed the 292km stage less than a minute off Toyota pacesetter Yazeed Al-Rajhi and thus will carry a lead of 16 minutes over the Saudi driver into the final day.

Al-Rajhi himself passed fellow Toyota driver Vladimir Vasilyev, the Russian now 19 minutes off the lead.

Nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb was third quickest through the stage after nursing a slow puncture to the finish, but is not in contention in the overall classification due to trouble on Day 1 and Day 3.

His long-time rival Mikko Hirvonen, who starred yesterday, was 4m39s off Al-Rajhi on Day 4 and has moved into the top six in the classification, just 17 seconds off fifth-placed Leeroy Poultier.

A strong showing from former ski jumping world champion Adam Malysz saw the Polish driver enter the top 10.

Overall classification after Day 4

Pos. Driver/Co-driver Car Time/Delay
1

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Matthieu Baumel

MINI 11h03m12s
2

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk

Toyota 16m10s
3

Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota 19m24s
4

Giniel de Villiers

Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota 24m50s
5

Leeroy Poulter

Robert Howie

Toyota 33m30s
6

Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin

MINI 33m47s
7

Ricardo Porem

Jorge Monteiro

Toyota 55m40s
8

Harry Hunt

Andreas Schulz

MINI 1h01m26s
9

Adam Malysz

Xavier Panseri

MINI 1h05m46s
10

Miroslav Zapletal

Maciej Marton

Hummer 1h12m48s

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Event Rally Morocco
Sub-event Stage 4
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Sébastien Loeb , Mikko Hirvonen , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Yazeed Al-Rajhi , Adam Malysz , Vladimir Vasilyev
Article type Leg report