Al-Attiyah wins Rally Morocco, Hirvonen makes top five

Nasser Al-Attiyah eased to the finish line of the fifth and final day of Rally Morocco to emerge as the event winner, as Mikko Hirvonen completed the rally in fifth.

After erstwhile leader Carlo Sainz's retirement on the penultimate stage handed him the lead, Al-Attiyah entered the final day 16 minutes up on nearest rival Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

The X-Raid Mini driver was up on Al-Rajhi's Toyota through every split to secure a comfortable win by a final margin of 16 minutes and 45 seconds.

The result also means Al-Attiyah is crowned FIA Cross Country Rally champion for a second time with a round to spare, with a 60 point buffer over last year's winner Vladimir Vasilyev.

Al-Rajhi was eighth quickest through the day and ended up yielding second place to fellow Toyota driver Vasilyev, who was third fastest behind Bernhard ten Brinke.

Giniel de Villers was the Day 5 pacesetter, but remained in fourth overall, while Hirvonen, who was 17 seconds behind Leeroy Poulter in the general classification after Day 4, managed to find 28 seconds on the South African to steal fifth.

X-Raid Mini duo Harry Hunt and ski jumping world champion Adam Malysz completed the rally top eight.

Nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb rounded out his cross-country rally debut for Peugeot with the 14th quickest time on the final day.

Overall classification after Day 5

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

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Matthieu Baumel

MINI 14h18m18s
2

Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota 16m45s
3

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk

Toyota 17m14s
4

Giniel de Villiers

Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota 19m22s
5

 Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin

MINI 31m11s
6

 Leeroy Poulter

Robert Howie

Toyota 31m22s
7

Harry Hunt

Andreas Schulz

MINI 1h00m14s
8

Adam Malysz

Xavier Panseri

MINI 1h06m22s
9

Bernhard ten Brinke

Tom Colsoul

Toyota 1h19m20s
10

Yuriy Sazonov

Alexandr Moroz
Hummer 1h27m01s

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Cross-Country Rally
Event Rally Morocco
Sub-event Stage 5
Article type Leg report