Al-Rajhi closes in on Serradori after marathon stage at Rally Kazakhstan


Al-Rajhi closes in on Serradori after marathon stage at Rally Kazakhstan

11.06.2021: 2021 Rally Kazakhstan
Friday, June eleventh, 2021

• KTM’s Sam Sunderland wins bike stage as Department regains the lead

• Pavel Lebedev and Eugenio Amos declare T3 and T4 stage wins

2021 Rally Kazakhstan
Friday, June eleventh, 2021


•        KTM’s Sam Sunderland wins bike stage as Department regains the lead

•        Pavel Lebedev and Eugenio Amos declare T3 and T4 stage wins

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi continued to seek out Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on the second half of Rally Kazakhstan’s Marathon stage between Kenderly and Senek on Friday.

The previous winner of the occasion guided his Toyota Hilux to a second successive stage win to cut back Serradori’s total benefit to 22 seconds heading into the ultimate two days of the second spherical of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Nation Rallies.

Al-Rajhi was the category of the sphere on a stage the place Argentina’s Sebastien Halpern was third quickest in a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and Denis Krotov was fourth in one other X-raid machine. The Russian duly displaced Ronan Chabot and moved as much as fifth total behind Sweden’s Matthias Ekström. Juan Cruz Yacopini misplaced his place within the high 10 after rolling his Overdrive Toyota within the stage.

“We’ve accomplished the 2 Marathon days and it was a really difficult a part of the race,” stated Al-Rajhi’s co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. “We gained the stage yesterday, however had some bother contained in the automotive with alarms for gasoline stress. There was nothing we might do in opposition to it. We tried to do a small service on the Marathon, change the wheels and test all of the stuff.

“Right now, the automotive was operating properly, no actual issues. We needed to open at present. Navigation was tough in locations and we’re very glad to win the stage and get very near the chief within the total classification. Yazeed pushed exhausting after which had a clean tempo in direction of the top.”

Regardless of ending the stage and the lengthy liaison with no rear tyre, Ross Department regained the benefit within the bike class on a stage the place Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland set the quickest time of 3hr 38min 13sec to beat France’s Adrien van Beveren by 2min 08sec and climb to fourth place. The third quickest time enabled Department to information his Yamaha to an total benefit of 6min 27sec over Van Beveren, after in a single day chief Matthias Walkner suffered tyre mousse points and slipped to 3rd.

Department stated
: “What a day! The tyre went some time again, 50km earlier than the end of the racing stage, so I needed to make one of the best of a foul state of affairs. I assume you shut your eyes and hope for one of the best! I’m simply glad to be right here after a loopy couple of hours….”

Walkner added: “15km earlier than the top (tyre woes), however after I handed Skyler (Howes), after km220, I already knew I must decelerate a bit or I’d not arrive. Lastly, I attempted to handle it. It feels tremendous scary since you by no means know what will occur. The aim was to reach to the end.”

After successful stage two, Skyler Howes additionally suffered severe tyre mousse points and incurred a fistful of time penalties that pushed him to the rear of the two-wheel subject behind the Hero Motorsports Group Rally trio of Franco Caimi, Sebastien Bühler and Joaquim Rodrigues, who all suffered tyre and rim points on day two.

As Rodrigues defined
: “The workforce made a foul selection with the tyre. That is a part of racing. We had been capable of repair the issue however we had been penalized, after all, however we arrived on the end line. Now we obtained six hours penalized, so it’s sort of pointless to be pushing exhausting. We’re simply making an attempt to make it to the end now.”

Argentine Manuel Andujar inherited an enormous lead of 27min 45sec within the quad class after severe issues for his closest rival Alexsandr Maksimov. An electrical cable turned entangled across the Russia’s wheel and tyre within the stage and, in consequence, the Yamaha rider additionally ceded second place to the Polish former World Champion Rafal Sonik.

Pavel Lebedev disadvantaged Guillaume de Mevius of a second successive stage win within the FIA T3 part. The Can-Am Maverick driver beat the Belgian by 5min 05sec on the day to cut back Cristina Gutierrez’s total benefit to 3min 34sec. Spain’s Fernando Alvarez retained third within the standings.

Eugenio Amos carded the stage win within the FIA T4 class for the second day in his South Racing Can-Am, however Monster Vitality rival Austin Jones had already constructed up a snug cushion on the opening day and now heads the class by 38 minutes.

The penultimate leg of this yr’s occasion features a aggressive part of 308.80 kilometres and is centred across the deserts to the north-east of Aktau and throughout the Mangystau area’s distant Mangyshlak Peninsula. The motion begins 103.39km north of the service park and included a refuelling zone for the bikes at PC2, after 176.11km.

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