Round 3 of the FIA Cross Country World Cup is complete, and the three MINI entries faired excellently over the tough and challenge sand and stone stages of the Qatar desert. The #202 and #203 MINIs finished 2nd and 3rd on the podium, while the Portuguese X-raid team of Ricard and Manuel Porém finished a respectable 7th in the #205.
Finishing in second overall was Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER). Speaking after the final stage, Al Rajhi said: “We are happy with our achievements. The rally was extremely exhausting for drivers and co-drivers. The stages were extremely challenging for the drivers and the navigators had to be fully focused and perfectly prepared throughout the event. We found a good speed right from the start and were able to win the final stage, thus demonstrating what is possible.”
Just behind the Rajhi/Gottschalk pair were Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov from Russia in their G-Energy Team MINI All4. They finished both the final stage, and the event in a very respectable 3rd place.
Egypt is next on the Cross Country schedule. Teams will head to the Pharaohs Cross Country Rally May 8-15, 2016