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CC Al-Attiyah, Coma and Sonik take Sealine Cross-Country Rally victories

Sealine Cross-Country Rally, Qatar - April 15th-21st, 2012
2012 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, round 3
2012 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, round 2

For immediate release
Saturday, April 21st 2012

AL-ATTIYAH, COMA AND SONIK CLAIM OUTRIGHT
VICTORIES IN QATAR’S SEALINE CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

· Final day stage wins for Al-Attiyah, Barreda Bort and Sonik
· Spain’s Marc Coma seals second successive World Cup win for KTM
· Poland’s Rafal Sonik snatches quad win from troubled Al-Kitbe

SEALINE BEACH RESORT (Qatar): Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Poland’s Rafal Sonik claimed outright victories in their respective car, motorcycle and quad categories after the final 208.63km special stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally on Saturday.

Stage wins on the final day fell to Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort and Sonik in the three respective categories.

Al-Attiyah began the stage defending a massive lead of 46m 09s in his Overdrive Toyota Hilux and there was no way that the Qatari was going to throw away a crucial home victory by taking unnecessary risks. He judged his pace over the final stage to perfection to confirm a 49m 23s win.

“This is a fantastic win for me and a chance to win another event in another car,” said Al-Attiyah. “The Toyota was impressive, so much so that I would like to continue in the championship in places where there are no clashes with the MERC and WRC.

“After winning the Bajas here, the Sealine event was totally different. It was a proper cross-country event. The stages were rough, challenging and never easy. It was a superb effort by the team at the QMMF to make such a good rally so soon after entering the championship.”

Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez benefited from Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei’s last stage delays to confirm a fine second overall in another Toyota and Al-Mutaiwei managed to stay in front of FIA World Cup rival Jean-Louis Schlesser to clinch the final podium position in his Mini All4 Racing. The Toyota one-two was the biggest result in the history of Overdrive Racing and a first win for the Japanese manufacturer on a cross-country rally.

Coma headed Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues by 5m 59s at the start of the day and needed to run quickly with the leaders to avoid losing too much time to the Portuguese on the day’s special. He started in third, with Rodrigues in eighth, and reached the finish with the second quickest time to record a comfortable 6m 05s victory over Rodrigues, the defending FIM champion.

Jordi Viladoms finished third on his Bordone-Ferrari Team KTM, Poland’s Jakub Przygonski was fourth and Portugal’s Ruben Faria rounded off the top five, but the results were provisional pending an investigation into a missing stamp on a couple of time cards.

Emirati Obaid Al-Kitbe started the final stage with a 6m 58s lead over Poland’s Rafal Sonik in the quad category, but mechanical problems wrecked the UAE rider’s chance of lifting the title and Sonik powered through to the finish, with Uruguay’s Luis Henderson finishing second and Qatar’s Adel Hussain Abdullah taking third place.

Stage four – 208.63km

X-raid mechanics worked into the evening to repair the extensive panel damage on Yazeed Al-Rajhi’s Mini All4 Racing after the Saudi’s accident on Friday. The defending Ha’il Baja champion was permitted to start in ninth position, with Al-Attiyah, Schlesser and Al-Mutaiwei leading the cars away.

Mubarak Al-Hajri’s American mechanics needed to identify the electrical problem that had plagued his Chevrolet LS3 on day three before the Qatari could restart from a lowly 15th overall.

Husqvarna also took the decision to permit a shaken Joan Borreda Bort to restart after his crash on Friday morning. The Spaniard had finished the stage badly bruised and with broken handlebars on his bike, but started the stage from 29th position.

Goncalves led the surviving bike and quad riders into the 71.64km liaison to the start of the final stage, with leader Coma slotting into third behind Jordi Viladoms. Quad leader Obaid Al-Kitbe was running in 17th place on the road, three positions behind the previous stage winner, Lukasz Laskawiec.

Viladoms swiftly caught and passed Goncalves as Coma shadowed the pair to the first control point. Australian Matthew Fish was also running well and held the virtual stage lead at PC1 under Barreda Bort stormed through to set the fastest time. Al-Kitbe headed the quad contingent from Sonik and Laskawiec.

The first bikes reached PC2 before the cars had arrived at the first checkpoint and Coma regained the stage advantage from Viladoms and Goncalves, but Barreda Bort set the fastest time to that point.

Coma held on without problems to claim his second successive outright FIM World Cup victory, with Rodrigues finishing the stage in third position to consolidate second overall. Barreda Bort ended a troubled rally with the fastest time of the day, a scant consolation for his obvious pace on the Husqvarna during the event.

Al-Attiyah reached the first PC in under 52 minutes and was followed by Schlesser and Russian Boris Gadasin. Al-Mutaiwei lost a valuable 8m 14s to his French rival for the World Cup after losing his way.

Vladimir Vasilyev was in storming form with his G-Force Proto after a troubled event: the Russian was quickest overall to the first control point, as Alvarez settled into a fast pace and Al-Mutaiwei’s problems meant that he was secure in second place. Yazeed Al-Rajhi punctured and had a small fire near the brakes and decided to stop his rebuilt Mini in the stage.

Al-Attiyah reached the last passage control in 1h 26m 43s, where Vasilyev saw his virtual stage lead whittled down to 20 seconds. The Qatari held on to finish the stage in a quickest time of 1h 53m 21s and Lucio Alvarez confirmed second overall at the expense of third-placed Al-Mutaiwei.

Positions on SS4 (208.63km) - unofficial @ 11.45hrs
Cars

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Lucas Cruz Senra (ESP) Toyota Hilux 1h 53m 21s
2. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Vitaliy Yevtyekhov (RUS) G-Force Proto 1h 53m 38s
3. Jean-Louis Schlesser (FRA)/Konstantin Zlitstov (RUS) Schlesser Original 1h 56m 32s
4. Lucio Alvarez (ARG)/Bernardo Graue (ARG) Toyota Hilux 1h 56m 35s
5. Boris Gadasin (RUS)/Dan Shchemel (RUS) G-Force Proto 1h 57m 05s
6. Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei (UAE)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) Mini All4 Racing 2h 03m 32s
7. Ilya Kusnetsov (RUS)/Roman Elagin (RUS) BMW X3 CC 2h 04m 21s
8. Faisal Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota HiLux 2h 18m 00s
9. Mubarak Al-Hajri (QAT)/Arif Yousef Mohammed (UAE) Chevrolet LS3 2h 21m 30s
10. Reinaldo Varala (BRA)/Gustavo Gugelmin (BRA) Nissan Patrol 2h 26m 15s

Bikes
1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) Husqvarna TE 449 RR 1h 54m 24s
2. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 1h 56m 30s
3. Helder Rodrigues (PRT) Yamaha YZ 450 1h 56m 36s
4. Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 1h 57m 54s
5. Ruben Faria (PRT) KTM Rally Replica 1h 58m 51s
6. Matthew Fish (AUS) KTM 450 1h 58m 54s
7. Paolo Goncalves (PRT) Husqvarna TE 449 RR 1h 59m 00s
8. Jakub Przygonski (POL) KTM 450 Rally 2h 00m 55s
9. Alessandro Botturi (ITA) TM 450 Rally 2h 02m 12s
10. Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez (CHI) KTM 450 Rally Replica 2h 02m 25s

Quads
18. Rafal Sonik (POL) Honda TRX 700 2h 25m 03s
21. Lukasz Laskawiec (POL) Yamaha YFM 700 R 2h 29m 55s
23. Adel Hussain Abdullah (QAT) KTM 525 2h 33m 18s
24. Luis Henderson (URY) Yamaha Raptor 700 2h 37m 54s

Overall positions after SS4 - unofficial @ 11.45hrs
Cars

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Lucas Cruz Senra (ESP) Toyota Hilux 11h 20m 59s
2. Lucio Alvarez (ARG)/Bernardo Graue (ARG) Toyota Hilux 12h 10m 22s
3. Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei (UAE)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) Mini All4 Racing 12h 18m 07s
4. Jean-Louis Schlesser (FRA)/Konstantin Zlitstov (RUS) Schlesser Original 12h 21m 48s
5. Faisal Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota HiLux 13h 02m 48s
6. Boris Gadasin (RUS)/Dan Shchemel (RUS) G-Force Proto 13h 03m 02s
7. Ilya Kusnetsov (RUS)/Roman Elagin (RUS) BMW X3 CC 13h 23m 37s
8. Yayha Al-Helai (UAE)/Khalid Al-Kendi (UAE) Nissan Patrol 16h 26m 40s
9. Reinaldo Varala (BRA)/Gustavo Gugelmin (BRA) Nissan Patrol 16h 43m 23s
10. Vadym Nesterchuk (UKR)/Laurent Lichtleuchter (FRA) Toyota LC200 20h 30m 41s

Bikes
1. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 13h 54m 43s
2. Helder Rodrigues (PRT) Yamaha YZ 450 14h 00m 48s
3. Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 08m 54s
4. Jakub Przygonski (POL) KTM 450 Rally 14h 14m 06s
5. Ruben Faria (PRT) KTM Rally Replica 14h 16m 49s
6. Gerard Fares Guell (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 38m 45s
7. Paolo Ceci (ITA) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 41m 00s
8. Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez (CHI) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 42m 07s
9. Matthew Fish (AUS) KTM 450 14h 59m 55s
10. Paolo Goncalves (PRT) Husqvarna TE 449 RR 15h 14m 39s

Quads
16. Rafal Sonik (POL) Honda TRX 700 17h 20m 20s
19. Luis Henderson (URY) Yamaha Raptor 700 17h 40m 07s
20. Adel Hussain Abdullah (QAT) KTM 525 18h 08m 53s
21. Dennis Nikitopoulos (QAT) Yamaha Raptor 700 18h 30m 36s
22. Camelia Liparoti (ITA) Yamaha Raptor 19h 01m 53s

Ends

Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, International Press Officer, 2012 Sealine Cross-Country Rally, Qatar Mobile: + 974 554 79937, E-mail: NDPPublicity@googlemail.com, www.ndp-publicity.com (press releases). Facebook group for information: 2011-2012 MERC.

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Sealine Cross-Country Rally, Qatar - April 15th-21st, 2012
2012 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, round 2

For immediate release
Saturday, April 21st 2012

VILADOMS AWARDED TIME PENALTY AND LOSES PODIUM FINISH

SEALINE BEACH RESORT (QATAR): Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms has been awarded a two-hour penalty by FIM officials for missing a route checkpoint at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally on Saturday.

The KTM rider drops from third overall to 13th and Sean Gaugain climbs into the top 10, with Poland’s Jakub Przygonski claiming the final podium place.

Bikes (provisional final positions @ 15.40hrs)
1. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 13h 54m 43s
2. Helder Rodrigues (PRT) Yamaha YZ 450 14h 00m 48s
3. Jakub Przygonski (POL) KTM 450 Rally 14h 14m 06s
4. Ruben Faria (PRT) KTM Rally Replica 14h 16m 49s
5. Gerard Fares Guell (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 38m 45s
6. Paolo Ceci (ITA) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 41m 00s
7. Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez (CHI) KTM 450 Rally Replica 14h 42m 07s
8. Matthew Fish (AUS) KTM 450 14h 59m 55s
9. Paolo Goncalves (PRT) Husqvarna TE 449 RR 15h 14m 39s
10. Sean Gaugain (ZAF) Honda CRF 450 X 15h 35m 05s

13. Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Replica 16h 08m 54s*
Includes two-hour penalty for missing a control point

THESE RESULTS ARE SUBJECT TO A POTENTIAL PROTEST FROM BORDONE-FERRARI TEAM.

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Date issued: 21/04/2012

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