After a skilful driving, the Qatari eight times Middle East Rally Champion Nasser Al Attiyah scored fastest times in three of four special stages finishing third fastest in the last stage of the first loop due to heavy tyre wear.

After the day’s first five special stages Al Attiyah carries a 26.1 s lead into the second loop of repeated stages. Al Kuwari follows in second place overall and Al Qassimi completes the top three.

Cypriot driver Costas Georgiou “Chips” is placed fourth

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