Nasser Al-Attiyah gets third consecutive win at Hungarian Baja
Nasser Al-Attiyah has won the Hungarian Baja for the third consecutive time. With the win the Qatari takes over the World Cup lead from Vladimir Vasilyev.
Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel fought hard during the first two days of the event: “We tried to give our best from te beginning of the race. We could get an advantage on Saturday, so we did not have to take risks on Sunday.” Al-Attiyah also won the prologue on Friday which gave him the first pick for the startingorder for the stage a day later. A faultless race gave Al-Attiyah and Baumel a deserved win: “I am glad that we have won and lead the World Cup. I enjoyed this race as it was not easy.”
Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke and Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul started there preparation for Dakar in Hungary with a hard fought second place over Miroslav Zapletal. The Czech driver had a four minute advantage but Ten Brinke pushed during the last stages where he gained a lot of time. “I pushed as hard as I could”, Ten Brinke told afterwards. “I felt we had a chance, even when we were four minutes down. The car was perfect and I could win the stage on Sunday. As I have not raced since the Dakar in January, we can consider that this is a good result for us.”
Zapletal needed to stop two times on the last stage where he lost lots of time. Zapletal told after the rally: “After our problems we pushed as hard as we could, but we had to settle for third place. After an unlucky Superspecial and lots of dust in the first stage on Saturday, we can be satisfied with the result”
The Baja in Poland is the next round for the Cross Country World Cup where Al-Attiyah is now in the lead.