RIYADH: Saudi rally driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and his partner Michael Orr finished second behind the Mini crew of Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja in the HunGarian Baja.
Their position was decided on a tiebreaker after the result of the sixth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the second round of the FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas.
Following 454 kilometers of racing over seven selective sections, the Toyota pair and the Polish duo finished with the same time totals, the Mini team winning the tiebreak having posted the best time on the first selective section that was not a qualifying stage.
World Cup leaders Yasir Seaidan and Alexey Kuzmich finished third in another Mini.
Hołowczyc and Kurzeja had finished second in Friday’s qualifying stage and then set the pace in the following day’s first full leg to take the overall lead. They were overtaken by Al-Rajhi in the final section when they dropped four minutes after getting lost.
After winning the penultimate stage, the Poles trailed by 42 seconds going into the final section, where they managed a time that was 42 seconds quicker than Al-Rajhi, resulting in the tie.
Despite the unfortunate loss in their first ever HunGarian Baja, the Saudi Arabian-British partners have now reduced the gap in the FIA World Cup standings with the result.
The seventh round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the third round of the European series will be the Baja Poland on Aug. 26 to 29.