Qatar’s Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah took a serious lead in Lebanon’s forty fourth rally within the last spherical of the Center East Rally Championship (MERC) on Saturday. The three-time Dakar champion received all 5 phases within the collection’ solely asphalt spherical on Saturday along with his co-driver Matthew Baumel on the Volkswagen Polo GTI. Each took 3:26.5 seconds benefit over second-placed Lebanese pair Basel Abu Hamdan and Fras Elias within the Skoda Fabia.
The rally ends on Sunday after two runs by way of the Nahar Ibrahim stage and three passes by way of the Habab stage. And barring technical failure on bumpy and slippery phases, Al-Attiyah is about to wrap up the Center East Rally Championship (MERC) with victory. The Qatari legend has already confirmed the record-breaking MERC title for the 18th time.
This season, Al-Attiyah has already received in Oman, Qatar and Jordan this season and second place in Kuwait sees him with an unassailable lead within the collection.
Yesterday, Lebanese defending champion Alex Fegly and his French sailor Mark Haddad, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10, completed third with a time of 58.47 minutes, whereas different Lebanese drivers within the koda Fabia, Tamer Ghandour and Salim Jalilati in fourth (59.29). Returns. Shadi Fakih and Samir Sefir of Lebanon accomplished the listing of prime 5 spots within the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 with a time of 59.half-hour.
Al-Attiyah had topped the exhibition stage of the rally on Friday, setting the quickest time over his nearest rival, Fegli. Attiyah expressed happiness over being within the lead and appeared ahead to a profitable completion as we speak. “It was a terrific day, and I did nicely in the course of the phases of the day, which helped us preserve the lead and widen the hole with the closest opponents,” he mentioned.
He defined that the competitors shouldn’t be straightforward given the competitors from the highest drivers in addition to the bumpy tracks. He hoped to make good the comfy lead hole after which continued on the identical method to finish the rally on the rostrum.