Rally Kazakhstan, the third round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, is the longest event in the series and yesterdayâ€™s stage was also the longest of the six-day rally. An epic 414.22 kilometre section lay in wait, taking the crews from the Kinderly bivouac over a mix of fast tracks and soft dunes at an average speed of more 100kph over nearly four hours of competition.
Al-Attiyah, starting second on the road, powered through the section, catching overnight leader Yazeed al-Rajhi after 150 kilometres before hitting the dunes. The Qatari finished the stage nearly two minutes ahead of his rivals to take the overall lead.
â€œIt was not easy navigation but Iâ€™m happy we have a good lead,â€ he said.
Qatarâ€™s Mohamed al-Meer/Alexey Kuzmich top the T2 standings in a Toyota Land Cruiser.
Another 327.47 kilometre section lays in wait for the participants in the third leg of Rally Kazakhstan today.
Source: Gulf Times