Joan Barreda and Paulo Gonçalves take the top-spots in the penultimate stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally as the Honda CRF450 RALLY seals a second consecutive win in Qatar.
Team HRC haven’t thrown in the towel yet, today scoring a remarkable one-two as the rally heads towards the final-day showdown. Joan Barreda sneaked the victory ahead of team-mate Paulo Gonçalves, which seats the two in podium places.
The Honda CRF450 RALLY riders started today’s escapade from advantageous rear positions. There ensued a high-speed hunt as the Honda buddies imposed themselves on the rest of the rivals, who saw their surplus time whittled down by the end of the day. Joan caught up with Paulo and the two chased down the leaders and track-openers. By refuelling they had reached the main group who they then tracked until the end of the special stage, crossing the line virtually together.
The triumph moves Joan Barreda up to second overall place and to within eight minutes of the leader Marc Coma. Portuguese rider Gonçalves lies third, one and a half minutes off his Spanish side-kick and 8:29 behind the Sealine front-runner.
The 2015 Sealine Cross-Country Qatar Rally winds up with 365 kilometres of special stage tomorrow.
Results Stage 4
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||4:32'38|
|2||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 1'56|
|3||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 4'00|
|4||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 6'02|
|5||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 8'05|
|6||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 10'03|
|8||Piatek Jakub||POL||Orlen Team||KTM||+ 44'56|
|9||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+ 56'48|
|10||Megre David||POR||Team Megre Portugal||KTM||+ 1:08'08|
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||15:30:40|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 7'57|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 8'29|
|4||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 12'15|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 16'15|
|6||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 17'13|
|7||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 1:15'42|
|9||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 2:38'59|
|10||Sonik Rafal||POL||Poland National||Honda||+ 2:52'52|
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|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|