Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah pushed hard for 4th place. Today a first long special stage (381 kilometres) faced the X-Raid BMW X5 drivers and gave them a foretaste of that, which is awaiting them in the days to come. High speed sections at the ...
Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah pushed hard for 4th place.
Today a first long special stage (381 kilometres) faced the X-Raid BMW X5 drivers and gave them a foretaste of that, which is awaiting them in the days to come. High speed sections at the beginning were changing soon to a mixture of slow and fast sections on a twisting track and kept all teams on their toes today. Towards the end a long shott was to complete.
X-raid pilot Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah took fourth place in today's standings, 7:20 min. behind the day's leader Colin McRae (Nissan). "The BMW X5's engine performance is simply superb and I believe we found a good mix today between a willingness to take risks and a controlled driving style. Today everything was there that a typical Dakar-stage has to offer. We were quite thoroughly shaken-up on the track today but we found a good rhythm despite that", was the first comment of Nasser Al-Attiyah. In the overall rankings Al-Attiyah improved on 6th place, only 7:37 min. behind the new overall leader Colin McRae.
Team Manager Sven Quandt said: "Nasser Al-Attiyah did a superb job today. He was fast but he took care of the car and he was careful where it was needed. The speed on this special was really fast, but there was no problem with his car. We will go to bed early today, as tomorrow is a long and hard day."
José Luis Monterde today was unlucky and lost a lot of time. After 100 km he lost the servo steering. Repair needed over 30 minutes and as a result he had to keep down the pace for the rest of the leg. Monterde came in 58th place with a 1h17:14 deficit behind the day's leader and is now on 45th place in the overall classement.
Drivers challenge tomorrow on the leg from Smara to Zouérat will be in the crossing of dunes, co-drivers challenge will be in navigation. A Liaison of 100 km will lead the caravan to the Mauritanian border before the competitors will start the special stage with a very speedy section on sandy ground. Mainly fast stretches interrupted by broad dune fields will keep the drivers in alert.