Dalanzadgad, Mongolia: Nassar Saleh Al Attiyah has been in blazing form at the Silk Way Rally, winning all six stages so far, but that the final part of the action is in the Gobi Desert region in China would give second-placed Liu Kun a chance to come back, said the Qatari ace.
“The last three days in China are going to be complicated,” said Al Attiyah, who is looking for his first victory in the gruelling event.
Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Gazoo Racing Overdrive) have left the rivals in their wake right from the start in Irkutsk and are clear favourites for the title.
From the tricky tracks of Siberia to the ultra-fast Mongolian steppes, Dakar winner Al Attiyah has been on a different level altogether so far and has a 40-minute lead over Liu.
“It will be the same for everyone, because I think the contrast will be big with what we’ve had up until now, since the start of this race in Siberia and in Mongolia. We are very curious to discover this part of the Gobi Desert. Normally I like the sand and the dunes. But whether they are in Africa, South America, the Middle East or here in China, they are all different.”