Al-Attiyah the first leader

Nasser Al-Attiyah, the leader of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country rallies, who has the possibility to grab the this year’s title in Szczecin, became the first leader of Columna Medica Baja Poland. The driver from Qatar seats behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux Overdrive and during the Friday’s super special stage in the Szczecin’s military area he managed to overtake a five-time winner of the event Krzysztof Hołowczyc (MINI ALL4 Racing) by 11,7 seconds. The third place on a 7-kilometer trial went to Jakub Przygoński (MINI ALL4 Racing). His colleague from ORLEN Team, Marek Dąbrowski (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) finished fourth.

After the first stage all competitors headed to Rally Park located in the Szczecin’s Łasztownia, where the top 10 had an opportunity to choose starting positions before tomorrow’s leg. On Saturday drivers will have to complete the 176-kilometer stage on military area in Drawsko Pomorskie twice.

Saturday’s leg starting order:

1.      Krzysztof Hołowczyc

2.      Nasser Al-Attiyah

3.      Jakub Przygoński

4.      Marek Dąbrowski

5.      Miroslav Zapletal

6.      Erik Van Loon

7.      Martin Prokop

8.      Marcin Łukaszewski

9.      Xavier Pons

10.  Tomas Ourednicek

Comments after Friday’s superspecial:

Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyot Hilux Overdrive): - It was a very nice stage, but the proper drive wasn’t an easy task. We managed to do it and I am very happy. Nevertheless, the proper rivalry starts tomorrow.

Martin Prokop (Ford F150 Raptor): - First proper test for our new car and the first feelings are very positive.

Jakub Przygoński (Mini ALL4 Racing): - Very good stage, although we lost a bit of time in one place. On a very long fast straight we had to slow down a bit, as the cloud of dust didn’t allow to find the road. At the end of the day, I am really happy.

Michał Małuszyński (Toyota Hilux Overdrive): - Very nice, fast stage. We could have driven a bit faster, but we are satisfied. We will now prepare for tomorrow.

Marcin Łukaszewski (BMW GPR Series 1): - There were a lot of ruts on the stage and it wasn’t easy to drive. The car was perfect and we have nothing to complain about. It’s okay.

Xavier Pons (Ford Ranger): - It all went according to our plan.

Khalifa Al-Attiyah (Toyota Hilux Overdrive): - The proper rivalry begins tomorrow and we have only one thing in mind: to push hard.

Krzysztof Hołowczyc (Mini ALL4 Racing): - I made a mistake in one place and lost around 3 seconds, so it could have been a bit faster. Nasser don’t make such mistakes, so he will surely benefit on it. Nevertheless we are happy and keen to start the second day.

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Fundacja BAJA POLAND    PZM

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Szczecin     Dobra Szczecińska     Drawsko Pomorskie

 

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