Peterhansels snatch FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title
Fourth in Morocco earns couple place in history as De Villiers and Short win race.
The husband-and-wife team of Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel did enough to snatch the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title as South African Giniel de Villiers and American Andrew Short won the 2019 Rallye du Maroc.
Here is all you need to know:
– The Moroccan rally-raid race was over five desert stages with the leading contenders undertaking crucial preparation for the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
– 2009 Dakar Rally champion De Villiers ensured that he goes into the world’s toughest off-road race in January on a big high with a comprehensive victory margin of 17 minutes and 42 seconds over Carlos Sainz.
– The Spaniard, who won the Dakar in 2010 and 2018, tried his best to reel him in but fell short with Poland’s Kuba Przygoński third and Peterhansel fourth, which was enough to push him and wife Andrea past Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah to win the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title by just three points.
– Peterhansel, 54, said: “What a race! We really wanted to win the World Cup title, the first time a couple had ever done it. I’m really happy for the whole team, who have been working hard all season. Now I feel that we have a car that can win the Dakar!”
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2019 Rallye du Maroc selected final results:
1. Giniel De Villiers (RSA) Toyota 17:48:44
2. Carlos Sainz (SPA) MINI Buggy +17:42
3. Kuba Przygoński (POL) MINI Rally +58:27
4. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) MINI Buggy +01:29:34
1. Andrew Short (USA) Husqvarna 18:03:54
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna +01:21
3. Joan Barreda (SPA) Honda +02:44
4. Toby Price (AUS) KTM +02:51
6. Luciano Benavides (ARG) KTM +07:17
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM +07:38
18. Laia Sanz (SPA) KTM +01:25:31
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