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Al-Rashed focused on ERC future after difficult Cyprus debut

2019-10-01T20:03:43+02:00September 29th, 2019|2019, Cyprus Rally|

Rakan Al-Rashed is looking towards his next outing after a disappointing turn of events on the Cyprus Rally, as his hopes of a strong result in the FIA European Rally Championship were extinguished by a powersteering fire.

From the very first stage the Toksport WRT driver’s luck was nowhere to be seen, as a throttle pedal issue cost him several minutes on Saturday’s opening loop.

His hopes of a better Sunday ended early when a powersteering failure on the opening test caused a fire that forced him to retire.

“This weekend is not for us. We keep having one thing after another happen,” explained Al-Rashed, who is co-driven by three-time ERC rally winner Hugo Magalhães.

“This morning, around eight kilometres into the stage, I felt something was wrong with the steering. It was too heavy. My first thought was a puncture, so we stopped. It turned out we broke the steering, there was a leak and it caught fire.

“We had a really bad weekend but it’s behind us now and I’m trying to think about the next event right now.”