Sainz heads Day 3 of Rally Morocco, Loeb rolls

Peugeot's Carlos Sainz extended his Rally Morocco lead by topping the third stage, while teammate Sebastien Loeb hit trouble early on in the day.

Loeb, whose chances of a good finish had been ruined by a mechanical failure on the openingday, rolled his Peugeot 2008DKR at the 68km mark.

His car was stranded there for three hours before he finally rejoined the rally, only to then roll again 14km from the finish, damaging one of his front wheels in the process.

Fellow WRC convert Mikko Hirvonen led the stage at the first split in his X-Raid Mini, but eventually slipped behind Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah, finishing the day in third place.

In the overall classification, Sainz now heads Al-Attiyah by five minutes, with nearest rival Vladimir Vasilyev a full 22 minutes in third - and with only a seven second gap over fellow Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

Former Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers rounds off the top five, while Hirvonen's strong showing allowed him to move up from 10th to seventh, 35 minutes adrift of Sainz.

Erik van Loon, who started the day in fifth, was another major name to encounter difficulties, losing two hours due to a mechanical problem.

Overall classification after Day 3

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

Carlos Sainz

Lucas Cruz

Peugeot 8h23m18s
2

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Matthieu Baumel

MINI 5m20s
3

Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota 22m07s
4

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk

Toyota 22m15s
5

Giniel de Villiers

Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota 27m13s
6

Leeroy Poulter

Robert Howie

Toyota 32m17s
7

Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin

MINI 35m13s
8

Ricardo Porem

Jorge Monteiro

Toyota 53m33s
9

 Harry Hunt

 Andreas Schulz

MINI 56m54s
10

Miroslav Zapletal

Maciej Marton

Hummer 59m27s

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Event Rally Morocco
Sub-event Stage 3
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Sébastien Loeb , Mikko Hirvonen , Nasser Al-Attiyah
Teams Peugeot Sport
Article type Leg report