Al-Attiyah is proclaimed world champion of raids

The Qatari pilot Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah was proclaimed champion of the World Rally Cup this Friday cross-country organized by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) after winning in the third stage of the competition.

The Qatari came out in second position but got overtake the Pole Jakub Przygonski, that started from the first starting line. The victory in this third stage of 249 km mathematically makes Al-Attiyah and his co-driver, the Frenchman Mathieu Baumel, world champions of cross country rally, as long as your Toyota passes all final checks, the only scenario where they could lose their world title.

Is the fifth world champion title added by the 50-year-old rider -the fourth for Baumel- after those achieved in 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017: “A good day for us and another stage victory under our belt. Now we need to get the car safely to the finish line tomorrow “, said the five-time champion.

In the absence of a test and with the title of champion already decided, the pilots will face tomorrow the last test of the world calendar, the shortest of this test (148 km), which has pass controls at kilometers 65, 82, 87, 129 and 142.

The Spanish Laia sanz, accompanied by her Italian co-driver Maurizio Gerini in the Mini, managed to make up for lost time in the second stage and now it is positioned in tenth place, with a time of 11h 09m 52s, close to the positions ninth and eighth, which could be reached in this last stage.

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Armand Monteleón, Spanish co-driver for Argentine Lucia Álvarez, ranks fifth in the standings with a time of 10h 25m 36s and with the possibility of climbing several positions, since only eight minutes separate him from the fourth and third place.

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