Madrid achieves the first victory for the innovative hybrid Audi that debuts in this edition. Al-Attiyah reinforces his lead after two punctures from Loeb.
First joy for Carlos Sainz at the Dakar Rally. The Madrilenian won the third stage and achieved the first victory for Audi’s innovative hybrid vehicle, which debuts in this edition. A triumph to show that, were it not for the navigation problem that made him lose two hours in the first stage, he would be in a position to fight for the lead in the overall car with Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah.
And I corroborate his words after Monday’s day in which he assured that what he expected from this Dakar was to “have fun” and “continue to understand” the Audi hybrid. He did so and managed to give the German brand its first stage victory, confirming that the car is fast and, at the moment, does not have reliability problems, the great doubt before starting the competition.
Behind they finished the South African Henk Lategan at 38 “and French Stphane Peterhansel, also Audi,at 1’41 “. The third rider of the German brand, the Swede Mattias Ekstrom, I finished fifth at 2 minutes and 59 seconds.
In the fight for the final victory, Al-Attiyah emerged as the leader despite having a bad day of competition. And is that to win the Dakar you have to be fast and also have luck. First, the Qatari prince escaped disqualification despite competing on Monday without connecting the black box that measures different vehicle parameters. The FIA, by treating it as a human error, which the Toyota team alleged, left it at 5,000 euros of fine and notice of elimination if it is repeated.
Loeb loses almost half an hour
And already in full competition, Al-Attiyah signed his worst day in the four competition that go to Dakar, opening the track during most of the special and finishing 5’10 “behind Sainz. But his main rival in the general, the the only one who, following him, did not get lost in Sunday’s sailing, the French Sebastin Loeb suffered two punctures that made him lose 28 minutes and 24 seconds minutes compared to qatar.
The one who finished without problems was his teammate, the Spaniard Nani Rome. Also accusing the navigation problems with the fateful penultimate checkpoint of stage 1B, which left the Dakar very tipped at the first changes, but performing at a high level. He finished fourth just 2 minutes and 41 seconds behind Sainz.
In the general classification, Al-Attiyah strengthens his leadership even more, taking out 37’40 “from Loeb and the podium after four days of competition is completed by the South African Giniel de Villiers (Toyota) at 45’22 “, but he could lose this position after two unsportsmanlike actions in which, after crashing two motorcycle riders, he did not stop to help.
Bad day for Joan Barreda
On motorcycles, Joan Barreda (Honda) left more than ten minutes this Tuesday and fell to twelfth place in the general standings on a day in which the Portuguese won. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero). The Spaniard, who won the second stage on Monday and became the Spanish rider with the most partial victories (28) in the toughest ‘raid’ in the world, entered the finish line twenty-fourth at 10:32 from the winner of the day.
Thus, Barreda leaves the ‘Top 10’ of the general of the two wheels and is now twelfth at 23:27 of the British Sam Sunderland (GasGas), who despite finishing at 7:30 of the Portuguese rider retains the lead with only four seconds ahead of the French Adrien van beveren (Yamaha) and 1:30 on the Austrian Matthias walkner (KTM).
Reference from elmundo