Deputy Minister of Education for Universities Affairs Receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Benyam    Iraq Records 6,093 New COVID-19 Cases    With first flight from Riyadh, Dubai airport's Terminal 1 reopens after 15 months    Matloob platform launched to facilitate participation in organizing events    'Race Through Art' competition in association with F1 seeks to introduce Saudi art to world Contest encourages Saudi artists to showcase their talents and promote Formula 1    President of Gambia Performs Umrah    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 10,919 Points    KSrelief Concludes its Medical Campaigns to Combat Blindness in Pakistan by Performing 2,429 Surgeries    DGA provides domain registration service for government entities    Second batch of Saudi oil derivatives grant arrives in Yemen's Hadramout governorate    King, Crown Prince congratulate Qatar's emir on anniversary of his accession to power    Asia Shares Mixed    Museums Commission launches its official website    President of IsDB Receives Kenyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia    Mexico's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises To 231,847    Saudi Press: FSDP Makes a Number of Achievements Despite Challenges Due to COVID-19    Al-Khuraiji highlights Saudi efforts in fostering international cooperation    UK Minister for South Asia Lord Ahmad concludes 2-day visit to Pakistan    Over 60% of UK adults receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine    KSrelief's Clinics Provide Medical Services for 570 Individuals in Zaatari Camp, Jordan    Bahrain extends support program for businesses hit by coronavirus    US voices 'grave concern' after airstrike kills dozens at market in Ethiopia's Tigray region    Pedestrian bridge collapses onto Washington, DC, highway, injuring several    John McAfee, antivirus software creator, found dead in Spanish prison    SAGO Receives First Vessel of Wheat Produced by Saudi Investment Abroad    Chairman and CEO of STC Thank Saudi Leadership for Licensing STC Bank as First Digital Bank in Saudi Arabia    Saudi national team wins 2 gold medals at Arab Athletics Championship    Saudi National Team Wins 2 Gold Medals at Arab Athletics Championship    Tokyo Olympics: Limited local fans allowed to attend but no cheering    Saudi, Indian ministries sign historic MoU on yoga cooperation    RSIFF celebrates Saudi Cinema Nights in Jeddah on June 16–17    "Scripts and Calligraphy: A Timeless Journey" Exhibition Begins to Receive Visitors Today    $10 million Red Sea Fund to back over 100 projects    Saudi Music Commission Dedicates Patriotic Song to Green Falcons    Indian man believed to have headed 'world's largest family' dies    Ministry of Health: People With Obesity are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Infections    Saudi National Team Beats Singaporean Counterpart 3-0 in FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers    Saudi National Shooting Team Wins Gold, Silver Medals in Arab Shooting Championship    Saudi U-20 Team Beats Bosnia at End of Croatian Tournament    Ithra Holds Environment Exhibit    Use of external loudspeakers at mosques to be restricted to Adhan and Iqamat-ul-salah    From whom do we take Shariah? How do we get legitimacy?    Welcome to beautiful Ramadan customs    Vaccination does not invalidate fasting, says UAE Fatwa Council    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Al-Attiyah guides Toyota to victory in Andalucia Rally
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 17 - 05 - 2021

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel guided their Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux to a second successive victory in the five-day Andalucia Rally in southern Spain and got their 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies campaign off to the perfect start.
The Qatari and his French teammate became embroiled in a fierce battle with Spain's Carlos Sainz and Overdrive Racing teammate Yazeed Al-Rajhi for honors over four demanding legs through Andalucia and the neighbouring province of Cordoba.
Al-Attiyah led from the opening qualifying stage, but Sainz maintained the pressure right to the final kilometers, as the Qatari crossed the finish line with a slender winning margin of 2min 43sec.
Al-Attiyah said: "The last stage was not easy. We had to keep the position, the first place, but I am quite happy to win here again. Every race we are fighting with Carlos (Sainz). He is one of the best drivers in the world. I am quite happy."
Baumel added: "Andalucia, like last year, was fantastic. Nice places, nice roads, technique, fast and in the mountains and in the valleys and between the vegetation and the olive trees. The fight with Carlos and Yazeed was very high.
"We pushed a lot to win again this year. It is only piste, so navigation is not so difficult here. It is more about speed than navigation here."
With regular co-driver Michael Orr still recuperating from a back injury sustained in Saudi Arabia in early March, Al-Rajhi was partnered by German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz, rounded off the podium places and secured third place for a second year.
Dutchman Erik van Loon and his French co-driver Sébastien Delaunay delivered an impressive performance in the third of five Overdrive Racing cars to finish fourth.
Portugal's Victor Conceicao teamed up with Brazilian Valeria Nacarato in the fifth of the Toyotas. They had a strong start to the event but a time loss on day two pushed them down to 57th overall and they recovered to finish much higher up the rankings.
Poland's Martin Kaczmarski returned to the Overdrive Racing line-up to drive a Toyota Hilux alongside Finnish co-driver Tapio Suominen. They were running outside the top 10 before transmission issues intervened after 142km of stage three.
Overdrive Racing also ran a quartet of OT3s in the FIA T3 category. The lightweight off-road vehicles dominated the category from the start.
A transmission issue cost Seth Quintero an early lead, but Guillaume de Mevius, Cristina Gutierrez and Mitchell Guthrie took up the challenge at the top of the rankings.
Gearbox issues thwarted De Mevius's push for the win on the final leg and Gutierrez was able to cruise to the category win and snatch a fine sixth overall.
Action in the 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies resumes with Rally Kazakhstan on June 7-13. — SG

Clic here to read the story from its source.