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NASSER AL-ATTIYAH?? LEADS 40th MANATEQ QATAR??INTERNATIONAL ? RALLY AFTER AL-WAKRAH OPENER

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NASSER AL-ATTIYAH?? LEADS 40th MANATEQ QATAR??INTERNATIONAL RALLY AFTER AL-WAKRAH OPENER

· Ceremonial start gets underway at Souk Al-Wakrah for first time
· Qatar’s.

2019 Manateq Qatar International Rally 
FIA Middle East Rally Championship, round 1

AL-WAKRAH (Qatar): Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah set the fastest time through the opening 2.72km super special stage of the Manateq Qatar International Rally at Al-Wakhra, south of Doha, late on Thursday evening.

A time of 4min 01.1sec enabled the Qatari to hold a lead of 23.8 seconds in his new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 over second-placed Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari at the overnight halt. Khalid Al-Suwaidi was third.

The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) attracted 16 FIA cars, six national entrants and competitors from 13 nations for the opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).

This is the 40th edition of the event and the 35th to be a counting round of the regional series since its inception in 1984. Qatar has been an ever present in the MERC with the exception of 2004 when it ran as a candidate event and this is the 24th occasion that the rally has been the first round of the championship. It is the 211th rally in MERC history.

The opening super special was filmed live by Al-Rayyan television and featured two different sections of a purpose-built, floodlit track with drivers competing in pairs and taking their turns on each section of the special.

QMMF President Abdulrahman Al-Mannai and Manateq’s CEO Fahad Rashed Al-Kaabi flagged the cars off the start podium at Souk Al-Wakrah.

Several drivers carried out pre-event testing on Wednesday afternoon. Al-Attiyah took the opportunity to shake down his new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

The 13-time event winner said: “It’s fantastic. A great feeling for the first time in the Polo. I get support from VW Motorsport. Qatar is a major investor in the company. We see what we can do. In this moment, we only have the support for the MERC. I would also like to do some European Championship events. I will do my best to win this race. The new stages in the north are a little bit tricky. They are far away from service and, tomorrow, two stages and repeat and without remote service. So it will not be easy.”

Sheikh Hamed bin Eid Al-Thani won the regional title in 1993 and had made a surprise return to special stage rallying after a long stint in cross-country events.

The Qatari said: “This is the first time that I drive the R5. The last time I drove a car like this was a Group A (Toyota Celica) in ’94 or ‘95. I made test yesterday, around 10km, but the car was easy to drive. I don’t have the experience with saloon cars for a long time, but I hope to do well and go to the finish without a problem.”

Adel is only the second individual in MERC history to finish inside the top two as a driver and co-driver – he finished second in the Qatar Rally as a navigator to the late Misfer Al-Marri in 2006. Qatar’s Mubarak Al-Hajri won the event in 1993 as a co-driver with Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah and in 1995 with Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei and finished second overall as a driver in the 2011 Qatar Rally with Emirati Arif Yousef Mohammed.

Teams will tackle just four special stages on Friday in a short but potentially tricky opening day. There will be no opportunity to return to Lusail Sports Centre for a midday service break in a day that starts with the first of two runs through the 19.86km of Al-Ruwais in the far north of Qatar at 10.40hrs.

The first pass through Al-Ghariyah follows at 11.15hrs and the two specials are repeated at 12.10hrs and 12.45hrs after a chance for remote refuelling between the two loops.

2019 Manateq Qatar International Rally – positions after SS1:
1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 4min 01.1sec
2. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (QAT)/Marshall Clarke (GBR) Škoda Fabia R5 4min 24.9sec
3. Khalid Al-Suwaidi (QAT)/Adel Abdulla (QAT) Ford Fiesta R5 4min 25.0sec
4. Ahmad Khaled (LEB)/Dany Kairouz (LEB) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4min 25.3sec
5. Stefano Marrini (ITA)/Nicolas Garcia (ARG) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4min 28.3sec
6. Meshari Al-Thefiri (KWT)/Nasser Al-Kuwari (QAT) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4min 28.8sec
7. Abdullah Al-Ruwahi (OMN)/Ata Hmoud (JOR) Subaru Impreza 4min 41.2sec
8. Abdulla Al-Kuwari (QAT)/Hugo Magalhães (POR) Subaru Impreza 4min 48.8sec
9. Henry Kahy (LEB)/Musa Djiyerian (JOR) Škoda Fabia 4min 57.6sec
10. Rashid Al-Mohannadi (QAT)/Yousef Juma (JOR) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4min 58.0sec

Follow the race live:
http://timing.sporttraxx.com/races/qatar-2019/#itinerary

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Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, International Press Officer, 2019 Manateq Qatar International Rally
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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT 🇰🇷 🇩🇪 ADJUST DRIVER LINE-UP FOR RALLY DE PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 WILL BE JOINED BY SÉBASTIEN LOEB 🇫🇷 FOR THE GRAVEL RALLY PORTUGUESE 🇵🇹

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Hyundai Motorsport has revealed a revised three-car line-up for Rally de Portugal, round seven of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio will be joined by Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena for the gravel rally
The line-up reflects Hyundai Motorsport’s ambitions in an increasingly close and competitively fought manufacturers’ championship.

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May 21, 2019 – Hyundai Motorsport has revealed a change to its crew line-up for the forthcoming Rally de Portugal, round seven of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Following a competitive performance at Rally Chile, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will take part in Portugal alongside the previously announced Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio.

Loeb took third place in Chile, securing his first-ever podium in Hyundai Motorsport colours, and finishing as the highest placed Hyundai Motorsport crew. The result helped the team to retain its lead of the manufacturers’ championship after Neuville’s rally retirement.

Hyundai Motorsport holds a 29-point advantage in the title chase as the season approaches its halfway mark. The team has vowed to raise its game against tough opposition in another closely contested championship battle.

Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger-Amland will return to the i20 Coupe WRC for Rally Italia Sardegna next month.

Team Director Andrea Adamo said: “This decision was not taken lightly. We need to move forward as a team and make the most effective use of our versatile crew line-up. Sébastien and Daniel had a competitive event in Chile, and have found a good feeling in the car on gravel. We felt their contribution would allow us to increase our points-scoring potential in Portugal. We are trying hard to find a way to get Andreas’s confidence back and we are sure he will approach his next event, Sardinia, in the same way he was able to in Argentina. When you have a line-up like ours and look at the results from Chile, it’s necessary to react quickly.”

Sébastien Loeb said: “I had a great feeling with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in Chile, which was shown by our podium finish. I am pleased to have the chance to build some important momentum by taking part in Rally de Portugal. This is an unexpected decision but I am feeling in a positive frame of mind and determined to get another strong result for the team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mechanical issues hold back Kelly Racing TCR performance

Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (19 May, 2019) Unfortunately mechanical dramas hampered Kelly Racing’s final TCR Australia race for the weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park. The team was able to improve the cars from yesterday and fix the gearbox issues that held up André Heimgartner and Molly Taylor’s Subarus. All four cars were able to complete Race Two with good pace.

In the final race André was able to get into second position in the #777 Kangan Institute Subaru WRX, however a suspension failure during a close battle with Dylan O’Keefe put the car off the track at the second to last corner and out of the race.

Chelsea Angelo went off the track at the same spot in her #37 Dare Iced Coffee Holden Astra due to a steering failure and also didn’t complete the final race.

Alex Rullo’s #62 Castrol Racing Astra had a good chassis balance and was quick in the corners, however it really struggled with straight-line grunt. Molly Taylor’s Castrol Subaru WRX also improved over the day, but suffered a puncture during the final race.

It’s still early days with these TCR cars and team is looking forward to improving them in the coming weeks and hitting the track at Philip Island for round two.

Kelly Racing Team quotes

André Heimgartner, #777 Kangan Institute Subaru WRX

“It was a bit unfortunate we managed to have some good tyre strategy and made some good places up in the races before and we were on for a good result in race three, we had a faster car than Dylan so I think we would have eventually got past but it wasn’t to be today.”

“We had a suspension failure at the second to last corner and that was that so disappointing to say the least after all of the gearbox drama we had to finally be able to get somewhere and then have this, it’s pretty annoying but we’ll regroup and see what we can improve for next round.”

Molly Taylor, #6 Castrol Racing Subaru WRX

“I felt like I made a lot of progress today in the two races, the pace was better than where we ended up so I just need to now work on my overtaking skills to make the most of that. We had that plan going into race two and unfortunately we got a puncture early on and a few issues with the front end that we need to look at once we get back to the workshop.”

“Overall though it was a great weekend, I really enjoyed it all. The team was fantastic to work with and so supportive of me. I just want to thank Nikki too who was my engineer, it was her first time solo engineering a car and she did a great job. Looking forward to the next race at Philip Island.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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