Defending winner Carlos Sainz took the lead in the Dakar Rally car group immediately after profitable Sunday’s initially appropriate stage in the Saudi Arabian desert forward of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel.
The Spaniard was 8 seconds clear of ‘Mr Dakar’ Peterhansel — the Frenchman who has received a record thirteen situations on two wheels and four — total immediately after the 277-km timed stage from the port metropolis of Jeddah to Bisha.
Overnight leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, who received Saturday’s brief prologue for the manufacturing unit Toyota group, dropped again to tenth and just about 12 minutes off the lead.
“We made the decision to gain the prologue, and we envisioned to get rid of time opening the street these days. Tomorrow’s stage is what truly matters,” mentioned the Qatari.
Sainz, a triple Dakar winner whose son and namesake is a Ferrari System One driver, experienced commenced twenty eighth immediately after a puncture in the prologue but arrived again aggressively in his X-Raid Mini JCW buggy.
“We experienced a puncture and a dilemma with the roadbook created us get rid of four minutes. Happy with the P1 and with the lead tomorrow,” the 58-year-previous mentioned on Twitter.
Peterhansel missing time with a puncture in the past 50km.
Nine-situations entire world rally winner Sebastien Loeb experienced a tricky working day, the Frenchman struggling three punctures and dropping just about 24 minutes guiding for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme group.
Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez led the way in the lightweight prototype group, starting to be the initially female winner of a Dakar stage since Germany’s Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005. Kleinschmidt received the Dakar car group in 2001.
Gutierrez, a four situations finisher in the Dakar, just lately signed up to compete in the new Intense E sequence for a group owned by 7 situations System One winner Lewis Hamilton.
In the bikes, Australian two-situations winner Toby Value was 23 seconds clear of Argentina’s Kevin Benavides total whilst American 2020 winner Ricky Brabec missing his way and ended up seventeen minutes adrift.
“Nowadays (was) really tricky with the navigation. I acquired missing a little bit about 7km from the end,” mentioned KTM rider Value. “I took a little bit of time just striving to get again on observe listed here.”
The Dakar, one of motorsport’s most hazardous and grueling occasions, is becoming held completely in Saudi Arabia for the 2nd time, with opponents in a protecting bubble immediately after testing adverse for COVID-19.
The rally ends in Jeddah on Jan. 15.