yazeedDriving a Ford Fiesta RRC, Al Rajhi closed on the WRC 2 lead throughout Saturday’s competition and finally got past Grondal on Sunday’s opening stage.

With co-driver Michael Orr, the Saudi won five of the six stages getting ahead of Grondal and finish with a margin of 43.5 sec. Now he is the third in the championship on a total of 25 points.

Al Rajhi said that it was difficult race but delighted because he had done only one snow rally before this one and did not have a lot of experience.

He said that this is great result for him, his co-driver and the rest of the team. He added that it was a great start to his WRC 2 campaign as well and has learned a lot. He hopes to make more improvements in the season.

Grondal, long time leader put up a valiant fight in his older and heavier group N Subaru Impreza, but couldn’t match Yazeed’s pace. He told that he did the best he could and satisfied. He also said that this was the fastest he could with his setup and his car and was happy he won Group N.

3mins 21.6 sec behind Grondal was Sepp Wiegand, third in Skoda Fabia S2000. The German had won the opening round in Monte-Carlo, leading the WRC2 Championship on a total of 40 points. He admitted that he needs more experience on the ice and snow and that he had no chance for the first or the second. He said that the team learned a lot and the results were very satisfactory for the championship.

Five minutes behind at fourth was Yuriy Protasov, in a Subaru Impreza. The Ukranian stands second in WRC 2 standings. At fifth was Peruvian, Nicholas Fuchs in his Mitsubishi Lancer.

Source: WRC