Late drama steers Kuba Przygonski to victory at Qatar Rally

Jakub Przygonski © Flavien Duhamel

Polish offroad ace Kuba Przygonski has driven to victory at the Qatar Cross-Country Rally. Przygonski and his Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul took on a top-class field of competitors and claimed the chequered flag in their Mini. The win increases the pair’s lead in the 2018 FIA Cross-Country World Cup.

 

The closest challenger to Przygonski and Colsoul for the majority of the five-day rally was local hero Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel. Heading into the final day of racing Al-Attiyah held a 15-minute advantage over Przygonski. The Qatari looked all set to win his home race for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Misfortune then struck the Toyota Hilux of Al-Attiyah and Baumel in the latter stages of the final day’s racing at the Qatar Cross-Country Rally. The leading duo found themselves out of the race due to suffering terminal engine issues. The incident opened the door for Przygonski to take the win.

“To overcome the navigation and take the win here in Qatar is very special.

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