The Qatari leads the Intercontinental Rally Challenge finale by 93.6 seconds despite completing the stage with a broken front driveshaft and an alternator glitch on his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RRC.
ŠKODA UK Motorsport’s overnight leader Andreas Mikkelsen, who cannot be caught in the battle for this year’s IRC title, won the stage and is back into second place following a delay on stage two.
The Norwegian had been on top by 4.4s following Friday night’s Pafos Super Special Stage but dropped back to seventh when he stopped to change a right-rear puncture 10 kilometres into Saturday's opening 23.97-kilometre Koilinia test won by Al-Attiyah.
Mikkelsen also set the pace through the 12.43-kilometre mixed-surface Salamiou stage, the second of the day, and climbed to fourth before overtaking Sepp Wiegand and Jarkko Nikara on SS4.
German Wiegand, who is chasing his first podium in the IRC, dropped more than a minute when he spun his ŠKODA Auto Deutschland Fabia Super 2000 and had to reverse.
Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi crashed out of second place on SS3 in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta, although reports that he rolled several times have been denied by his team.
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