Clear skies and slightly warmer temperatures greeted the four crews running in the International and three in the National Rally to the start of day two and the remaining six special stages to the west of Doha
was in fine form from the outset and delivered a crushing blow to Al-Suwaidi’s title ambitions by winning the stage by 20.7 seconds to extend his lead to 31.1 seconds.
Al-Naimi pulled 8min 49.20 seconds clear of Al-Thefiri in MERC
2, but would have been demoted to fourth position had the impressive Nasser Al-Kuwari been permitted to take part in the international event. The former co-driver found himself three seconds ahead of the MERC
There was no respite for Al-Suwaidi in the first run through Al-Shabana either and the young Qatari found himself a further 8.9 seconds behind the 13-time event winner. Al-Attiyah
now had a lead of 40 seconds and that would enable him to control the rally from here to the finish. Al-Naimi extended his advantage ...