Qatar: Two Mini All4 Racing after three stages in the top 5

Mohamed Abu Issa © Red Bull

– Abu Issa and Przygonski third and fourth in the overall standings
– Two more stages to go
Mixed emotions for X-raid in the start into the Qatar Cross Country Rally, the fourth round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. With the short super special stage and yesterday’s first long stage contested, Jakub Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) held the lead with their MINI ALL4 Racing, followed by Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER) in the MINI John Cooper Works Rally in second position.

Przygonski had taken the lead by winning the second stage. Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) held fourth place, with their MINI ALL4 Racing. Over the course of the final kilometres they lost a lot of time due to a damaged tyre. The main challenge of the special stage was the high navigation-difficulty level.
In the third special stage, however, the order was turned upside down. Abu Issa finished third in the stage, thus also working his way up to third place in the overall standings. “This was a good day,