Qatar’s Nasser Saleh al Attiyah may well be able to hit the cruise control button on the final leg of the Kuwait International Rally, after he surged to a staggering lead of 6min 23.2sec after six timed special stages in the southern Kuwait deserts on Friday.
He and French navigator Matthieu Baumel were never troubled during a faultless day, where their Skoda Fabia R5 won every stage to take firm control and push the 11-time regional champion towards a record sixth win in Kuwait.
“A perfect day for our team, really,” reflected Attiyah.
“We win all the stages and I have a big lead now. The objectives change now though. We have to conserve that lead and make no mistakes on the last day. It is very important for me to win in Kuwait and extend my lead in the championship.”