Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Al Attiyah grabs early home lead  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 22/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) French navigator Matthieu Baumel grabbed a lead of 2min 44sec over Mini team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc and Andreas Schulz.

SEALINE: Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, Spaniard Joan Barreda and Poland's Rafal Sonik were the early leaders of their respective car, motorcycle and quad categories after the short opening 164.18km selective section of the 2014 Sealine Cross-Country Rally in the Qatar deserts yesterday.

Al Attiyah was the class of the car field in his Mini All4 Racing.

The 2012 winner began the day from fourth on the road and survived having to change a flat tyre after the second passage control to set a winning time of 1hr 34min 57sec.

The Qatari and his French navigator Matthieu Baumel take a lead of 2min 44sec over Mini team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc and Andreas Schulz into the second stage today.

"It was going well, no problems and then we had a flat tyre and had to stop and change it," said Al Attiyah.

"It was only a short stage but the navigation was very tricky. Matthieu did a great job."

Spanish rider Barreda stormed through the field from ninth to seal a stunning opening stage win for Honda.

The CRF 450 rider completed the stage 1min 02sec quicker than defending champion Marc Coma (KTM), with Jordi Viladoms reaching the flying finish in third place.

"It was a good stage for me, very happy," said Barreda.

"I rode fast from the start and tried to push and then I slowed down a little in the dunes at the end.

"I did not want to make a mistake there. We have a good strategy for this race."

Coma was upbeat in second position.

"This is just the first day. We came from Abu Dhabi, where the terrain is quite different and there is more navigation here. We will see tomorrow. But I'm happy, it has been a positive first step. The rally is long and it was important to start without making any mistakes. "

Emirati rider Mohammed Al-Balooshi was an impressive fourth.

"At the moment my navigational skills cannot match my pace. I need to practice my navigation. I rode with the master (Coma) for a while. I really enjoyed that. Today was a great experience for me."

Poland's Sonik held ninth overall and was the quickest of the three quad riders on his Honda.

Qatar's Mohamed Abu Issa was a close second and a mere three seconds in front of Adel Hussein, who lost time after problems with his road book scroll.

"After the last tarmac road, the scroll broke on my road book and I kept having to stop and turn it manually," Qatar's Adel Hussein said later.

Abu Issa said: "It was a short stage, but very tough. Tomorrow will be cooler at the start, but the last 150km will be boiling and that's when you get dizzy and need to concentrate. It was harder than I imagined today. I need new knuckles."

Red Bull KTM factory team rider Sam Sunderland lost his way before the first passage control and dropped over 16 minutes to the leaders trying to regain the correct track.

He finished the day in a disappointing seventh position after a late charge through the stage.

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 May 23 2015 - Oman's ORPIC takes out USD910m loanMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has taken out a USD910 million ten-year loan from local and regional banks, Arab News reported.The money will be used to "meet ...

 May 23 2015 - Jordan's economy grows 3.8 percent amid political crisesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Jordan's economy is robust despite spillover violence along its borders from wars in Syria and Iraq, the central bank governor said, Arab News reported.Weak oil prices that have cut the ...

 May 23 2015 - Egypt to launch USD3b LNG tender over 2016-17MENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt is set to launch what will be a highly sought after tender in early June to buy up to USD3 billion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over 2016 and 2017, Arab News reported.Egypt has ...

 May 23 2015 - Iraqi forces clear path to key refinery: USThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group forces have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery, the US military said Friday. "Iraqi Security Forces and ...

 May 23 2015 - Priest kidnapped in Homs region of Syria: NGOThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A priest of the Syriac Catholic Church in the western Syrian city of Homs was kidnapped Thursday along with one of his colleagues, the NGO l'Oeuvre d'Orient told AFP Friday. ...

 May 23 2015 - Suicide bomber in deadly attack on Shia mosque: SaudiThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A suicide bomber set off an explosion during weekly prayers in a Shia mosque of eastern Saudi Arabia leaving many dead Friday, the interior ministry said. "It has been ...

 May 23 2015 - Iraqi forces to launch Ramadi fightback in 'coming days'The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Iraqi government and allied forces will launch an offensive aimed at retaking the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group in the coming days, a spokesman said on Friday. ...

 May 23 2015 - Iraq- 55,000 have fled IS-captured Ramadi since mid-May: UNThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The United Nations said Friday that around 55,000 people had fled Ramadi since a surge by the Islamic State group in mid-May that landed the Iraqi provincial capital in the ...

 May 23 2015 - IS capture of Palmyra 'threat' to key site: Arab LeagueThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Arab League on Friday condemned the Islamic State group's capture of Palmyra, saying the Syrian city's seizure posed an "eminent threat" to the international heritage ...

 May 23 2015 - Sudan Islamists protest against Morsi death sentenceThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Hundreds of Sudanese Islamists protested outside a UN office in central Khartoum Friday against the death sentence handed down to Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi by a ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help