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Attiyah misses out on FIA World Cup by a point

Attiyah misses out on FIA World Cup by 
a point

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Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing endured mixed fortunes in what turned out to be a dramatic Rally of Morocco, the final round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.
South African driver Giniel de Villiers managed to claim the outright victory for the fourth time and the first with new Spanish co-driver Spaniard Alex Haro at the wheel of one of four Toyota Gazoo Racing Hiluxes.
Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah began the event with a nine-point lead in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, but cruel engine issues on the fourth day cost the Qatari and French navigator Matthieu Baumel a useful lead they had built up over the first three days.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing pairing were relying on rival Stéphane Peterhansel finishing lower than fifth overall if they were to claim the world title again. The Frenchman managed to reach the finish in fifth place and snatched the title from the Qatari by a single point.
Two-time FIA Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso gained valuable experience from his first ever FIA cross-country event and overcame punctures, a front axle breakage and everything that the Moroccan desert could throw at him to reach the finish in 27th position with five-time Dakar winner Marc Coma acting as his co-driver.
Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and Belgian Tom Colsoul were running strongly through the early stages before losing a lot of time after damaging the car in a hole. They recovered well to reach the finish in an unofficial 26th in the fourth of the Toyota Gazoo Racing cars.
Yazeed al Rajhi and Ulsterman Michael Orr overcame niggling time delays during the course of the five days of action in the desert to head home the Overdrive Racing contingent in sixth place.
Russian duo of Viktor Khoroshavtsev and Anton Nikolaev stayed clear of serious problems in their Overdrive Racing-prepared car and reached the finish in Fes in 12th overall.Rally of Morocco results2019 Rally of Morocco (provisional results)
1. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF)/Alex Haro (ESP) Toyota Hilux 17hrs 48min 44sec
2. Carlos Sainz (ESP)/Lucas Cruz (ESP) MINI John Cooper Works Buggy 18hrs 06min 26sec
3. Matthieu Serradori (FRA)/Fabian Lurquin (BEL) Century Racing CR6 18hrs 20min 45sec
4. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Timo Gottschalk (DEU) MINI John Cooper Works Rally 18hrs 47min 11sec
5. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Andrea Peterhansel (DEU) MINI John Cooper Works Buggy 19hrs 18min 18sec
6. Yazeed al Rajhi (SAU)/Michael Orr (GBR) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 20hrs 17min 54sec
7. Joan Roma (ESP)/Dani Oliveras (ESP) Borgward BX7 DKR Evo 20hrs 32min 47sec
8. Sergei Kariakin (RUS)/Anton Vlasiuk (RUS) Snag Proto 20hrs 41min 07sec
9. Reinaldo Varela (BRA)/Gustavo Gugelmin (BRA) Monster Energy Can-Am Maverick X3 20hrs 41min 47sec
10. Aleksandr Dorosinskiy (RUS)/Oleg Uperenko (RUS) Can-Am Maverick X3 20hrs 49min 00sec
12. Viktor Khoroshavtsev (RUS)/Anton Nikolaev (RUS) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 22hrs 45min 03sec
26. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) Toyota Hilux 94hrs 31min 01sec
27. Fernando Alonso (ESP)/Marc Coma (ESP) Toyota Hilux 95hrs 25min 40sec
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 4 (unofficial)cTypeface:>
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) 61pts
2. Nasser Saleh al Attiyah (QAT) 60pts
3. Reinaldo Varela (BRA) 37pts
4. Yazeed al Rajhi (SAU) 35pts
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) 30pts