Qatari driver Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah won the title of the third stage of the 32nd edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which constitutes the second round of the World Cup for Desert Rally Raid 2023, and its competitions will conclude the day after tomorrow, Friday. Al-Attiyah was cut off, accompanied by his French navigator, Mathieu Baumel, in a car "Toyota Hilux T1"The third stage in the Qasr al-Sarab area, which has a distance of 266 km, special stages, in a time of / 3.51.45 / hours, ahead of the Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, accompanied by his Belgian navigator Fabien Lorquin, by a difference of only 48 seconds, on board the second-place BRX Prodrive Hunter. And with a difference of 5.59 minutes from the South African driver, Henk Lategan, accompanied by his navigator and his compatriot, Brett Cummings, in a car. "Toyota Hilux T1" who finished third. Al-Attiyah won today’s round despite being involved in a major accident that lost a lot of time and caused severe damage to his car (Toyota Hilux), which forced the Organizing Committee to exclude him from completing the rally, especially after the car cage was severely damaged. After the end of the third stage, Al-Attiyah continued his lead in the general standings of the rally with a total time of /10.39.00/ hours, outperforming by a difference of 25.03 minutes over his closest competitor, the Saudi driver Yazid Al-Rajhi, who finished second, while the Czech driver Martin Prokop accompanied his navigator and compatriot David Babeska in a car. "Ford" In third place, with a total time of 11.15.44 hours, 36.44 minutes ahead of Al-Attiyah. And after winning three stages in the Abu Dhabi Rally, before being disqualified, Al-Attiyah, the winner of the Dakar International Rally title, which constitutes the first round of the World Cup for Desert Rally Championship (Rally Raid – 2023), collected 15 points, taking him to the top of the general standings, 9 points ahead of his closest French pursuer. Sebastien Loeb, who will have an opportunity to compensate in the last two stages of the Abu Dhabi Rally in the absence of the Qatari driver, while the other Frenchman, Guerlain Checheret, ranks third in the overall standings with 49 points. The fourth and penultimate stage of the rally will be held tomorrow, Thursday, for a distance of 308 km.
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