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

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Matthieu Baumel

MINI 11h03m12s

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk

Toyota 16m10s

Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota 19m24s

Giniel de Villiers

Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota 24m50s

Leeroy Poulter

Robert Howie

Toyota 33m30s

Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin

MINI 33m47s

Ricardo Porem

Jorge Monteiro

Toyota 55m40s

Harry Hunt

Andreas Schulz

MINI 1h01m26s

Adam Malysz

Xavier Panseri

MINI 1h05m46s

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