OMES STIFF RESISTENCE
FROM AL-SUWAIDI TO LEAD IN QATAR RALLY
2 advantage for Al-Naimi; Al-Kuwari in control in National Rally
(Qatar): It wasn’t just foul weather conditions and poor visibility that Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah
had to contend with to hold an outright lead of 10.4 seconds after the opening leg of the QMMF Qatar International Rally
Bidding to win the opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship
for a 14th time, the Autotek-run Skoda
Fabia R5 driver and French navigator Matthieu Baumel
ceded the opening special stage to young Khaled Al-Suwaidi and British co-driver Marshall Clarke, before regaining the advantage on stage four and reaching the overnight halt at the top of the leader board.
“The dust from the wind made visibility really difficult this morning,” admitted Al-Attiyah
, whose Autotek mechanics were forced to carry out transmission repairs at final service after a front differential failure. ...