- Investigation France links last week’s Dakar explosion with possible terrorist attack
The Argentinian Orlando Newfoundland, and his co-pilot, the Spanish Daniel Oliveras Carreras (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) surprised in the sixth stage, disputed in Riad (Saudi arabia), and prevailed in the car category ahead of the big favorites.
They beat the Swede by one minute and six seconds Mattias Ekstrm (Audi) and in 1’49 “al saud Yazeed Al Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota), who is resisting stage victory at home in this edition of the Dakar, but he achieved a result that is worth to place second in the general at 50’19 “behind the leader, Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Terranova also beat his other teammate, the Spanish Nani Rome. The winner in motorcycles in 2004 and in cars in 2014 completely recovered from physical and confidence problems after overturning in the fourth stage and finished this Friday in fifth position.
One of lime and one of sand for the BRX team. They can celebrate Newfoundland’s stage victory, but the fight to defeat Al-Attiyah and win the crown is harder than ever in this 44th edition of the Dakar just before the rest day as the French Sebastin loeb (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) fell to the third place overall and he’s 50’25 “behind.
Descent also in the general, to fourth place, of the Argentine Lucio lvarez placeholder image and spanish Armand monleon (Overdrive Toyota). Bad sixth stage for both after losing 21’59 “which places them 16 minutes and 33 seconds from recovering the third box of the final podium.
Sainz, far away
Worse was the day for the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Audi). First to 41 kilometers, but from then on I suffered problems in your innovative hybrid vehicle that made him lose even 41’23“with respect to Terranova. After winning the fourth stage, the three-time Dakar champion (2010, 2018, 2020) accumulated two consecutive days without being able to fight for the first places of the special.
The one who managed to recover this Friday was his compatriot Laia sanz (Mini X-Raid). Second day in which the organization does not make him leave the queue of the caravan and made a solid special ending at 15’42 “from the winner of the day. Good performance to continue gaining experience in his debut in the car category after 11 consecutive participations, and finished, on a motorcycle.
A stage that was also marked by what happened beyond the vehicles, since the French government assured that they would have preferred cancel the Dakar since they have the suspicion that the blast that took place in Saudi Arabia on December 30 and that affected the vehicle of Philippe Boutron it may be a terrorist act.
“We have to remain very vigilant. We think that it might have been worth giving up this sporting career. The organizers decided to keep it and in this case we have to be prudent,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the BFM TV network.
Provisional general classification after the sixth stage:
1 – Nasser Al-Attiyah (CAT-Toyota): 20h37’24 “
2 – Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU-Toyota): at 50’19 “
3 – Sebasiten Loeb (FRA-Bahrain Raid Xtreme): at 50’25 “
4 – Lucio lvarez (ARG-Overdrive Toyota): at 1h6’58 “
5 – Jakub Przygoski (POL- Mini X-Raid): at 1h16’25 “.
Reference from elmundo