Nasser al-Attiyah heads to victory in Portugal in rally-raid

Nasser al-Attiyah and his new co-pilot, Édouard Boulanger, who succeeded his compatriot Mathieu Baumel in the wake of the Dakar, are only a hundred kilometers away (of which only 70 are timed) from a second victory in a row in the World Rally Raid Championship after that won by the duo in Abu Dhabi aboard their private Hunter Prodrive.

Eighth in the penultimate special of 253 km contested between Badajoz and Grandola this Saturday, won by Yazeed al-Rajhi ahead of Seth Quintero and Guillaume de Mevius (all on Toyota), the Franco-Qatari crew has a little less than three minutes ahead of the Portuguese pair Ferreira-Palmeiro (Mini).

Loeb raises his head, Van Beveren 2nd in the stage on the motorcycle side

Carlos Sainz, winner of the Dakar and current leader of the Championship, occupies third place on the provisional podium at the wheel of a Mini prototype. After losing big on Friday due to engine overheating on his Taurus entered in the Challenger category, his future Dacia still being under construction, Sébastien Loeb signed the seventh scratch performance of the day.

On the motorcycle side, Antonio Maio offered the stage victory to Yamaha by beating Adrien Van Beveren (Honda), who moved up to sixth place in a general standing still dominated by Tosha Schareina (Honda) before the last stage.


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