Sainz wins third stage as Al Attiyah extends Dakar lead in Saudi Arabia
While Sainz, 59 and also a three-time Dakar victor, commemorated his 40th job phase win Nasser Al Attiyah tightened his hold on the general lead
Carlos Sainz won Tuesday’s 3rd phase of the Dakar Rally to note the very first success of Audi’s brand-new crossbreed auto in the labourious journey in the Saudi Arabian desert.
While Sainz, 59 and also a three-time Dakar victor, commemorated his 40th job phase win Nasser Al Attiyah tightened his hold on the general lead.
The Qatari, on the quest for his 4th title, drew 37 mins free from Sebastien Loeb, that shed a portion of time when his auto’s prop shaft damaged.
The nine-time globe rally champ hopped to the goal after 255 kilometres around Al Qaisumah in 37th location.
” It was a negative day,” the French rally professional stated.
” We just had front wheel drive from 10 kilometres after the beginning. We did 250 kilometres similar to this. Going across the dunes and also all the tough problems we had with this two-wheel drive was truly hard.”
Sainz took the day’s honours by over half a min from South African Henrik Lategan with Dakar tale Stephane Peterhansel directing his Audi crossbreed right into 3rd.
Al Attiyah was available in 8th, with Loeb currently tracking by 37min40sec.
Portugal’s Joaquim Rodrigues won his very first bike phase in his 6th Dakar in advance of American Mason Klein and also his KTM colleague Toby Cost of Australia.
The bike standings are led by an additional KTM biker, England’s Sam Sunderland by 4 secs from Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren.
Rodrigues, whose brother-in-law Paulo Goncalves passed away contending in the 2020 Dakar, is existing 17th.