Red Bull KTM’s Sam Sunderland won today’s second stage of the Sealine Rally in Qatar, the Brit topping defending World Rally Raid Champion Paolo Goncalves and his factory Honda by two minutes and four seconds. Sunderland’s teammate Marc Coma ended up fifth in today’s stage, but now leads the overall standings by just 56 seconds over HRC’s Joan Barreda.
Barreda, who won yesterday’s opening stage of the rally, slipped to sixth in today’s stage. Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Viladoms is third overall after the opening two stages.
“I started off opening the way with a really difficult navigation for over 400 kms,” Barreda said after finishing what is the longest stage of the Sealine Rally. “Some 80 km into the race the riders behind caught me up and we arrived at the finish-line together. We’ve got a great position from which to push and to try and finish ahead.”