Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping stage 10, which was suspended before the halfway point.

The Haradh – Shubaytah test was due to feature 534 kilometres of timed competition in the Rub’ Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced the organisers to end the competitive running early.

Citing “strong wind gusts” and all safety resources being “already mobilised”, the Dakar declared the results of the stage at the 223km mark in the car competition.

However, the first half of the planned full stage had already proven sufficient for Sainz to make up decisive ground relative to his main rivals Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel.

Toyota driver Al-Attiyah, who won the Dakar last year and entered Wednesday 24 seconds behind Sainz, started the stage second on the road behind Peterhansel, and was tasked with following the Frenchman “like glue”.

Yet both he and Peterhansel got lost trying to find the 223km waypoint, with Al-Attiyah surrendering nearly 15 minutes.

Sainz, meanwhile, came through without major setbacks, ultimately picking up the stage win and inheriting a lead of 18m10s and 18m26s over Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel respectively in the general classification.

Jakub Przygonski (Mini), Giniel de Villiers (Toyota), PH Sport-run Peugeot privateer Pierre Lachaume and Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota) made up the top five on the day.

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who was 10th heading into the day, rolled his Toyota two kilometres into the stage, which resulted in a long stoppage and forced Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma to remove the windscreen from their Hilux.

He arrived at the 223km waypoint over an hour slower than Sainz, and has dropped down to 14th in the standings.

The competitors will now carefully make their way to the Shubaytah bivouac, where they will not be allowed to receive any assistance from their technical crews under the rally’s ‘marathon stage’ rule.

The last two days of the rally are due to feature around 750 timed kilometres.

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 C Carlos Sainz Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h03m43.s 0
2 C Jakub Przygonski Orlen X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h06m48.s 3m05.s 0
3 C Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2h08m09.s 4m26.s 0
4 C Pierre Lachaume PH-Sport Peugeot 2h09m53.s 6m10.s 0
5 C Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 2h10m13.s 6m30.s 0
6 C Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2h10m23.s 6m40.s 0
7 C Erik van Loon Overdrive Toyota Toyota 2h11m32.s 7m49.s 0
8 C Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h11m41.s 7m58.s 0
9 C Wei Han Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team Hanwei/Geely 2h12m09.s 8m26.s 0
10 C Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h15m31.s 11m48.s 0
11 C Martin Prokop MP Sports Ford 2h16m31.s 12m48.s 0
12 C Mathieu Serradori SRT Racing Century/? 2h16m44.s 13m01.s 0
13 C Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 2h17m36.s 13m53.s 0
14 C Benediktas Vanagas General Financing Team Pitlane Toyota 2h17m41.s 13m58.s 0
15 C Jerome Pelichet Raidlynx Optimus/MD 2h18m02.s 14m19.s 0
16 C Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2h21m29.s 17m46.s 0
17 C Ronan Chabot Overdrive Toyota Toyota 2h22m39.s 18m56.s 0
18 C Vaidotas Zala Agrorodeo Mini/BMW 2h23m22.s 19m39.s 0
19 C Antanas Juknevicius Kreda Toyota 2h23m36.s 19m53.s 0
20 C Denis Krotov MSK Rally Team Mini/BMW 2h25m12.s 21m29.s 0
21 C Alexander Dorosinskiy X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 2h32m08.s 28m25.s 0
Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 C Carlos Sainz Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 37h15m37.s 0
2 C Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 37h33m47.s 18m10.s 0
3 C Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 37h34m03.s 18m26.s 0
4 C Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 37h56m23.s 40m46.s 0
5 C Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 38h13m16.s 57m39.s 0
6 C Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 38h18m00.s 1h02m23.s 0
7 C Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 38h31m16.s 1h15m39.s 0
8 C Mathieu Serradori SRT Racing Century/? 38h52m58.s 1h37m21.s 0
9 C Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 40h05m05.s 2h49m28.s 0
10 C Pierre Lachaume PH-Sport Peugeot 40h43m53.s 3h28m16.s 0
11 C Wei Han Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team Hanwei/Geely 40h49m54.s 3h34m17.s 0
12 C Jerome Pelichet Raidlynx Optimus/MD 40h51m12.s 3h35m35.s 0
13 C Martin Prokop MP Sports Ford 40h58m50.s 3h43m13.s 0
14 C Alexander Dorosinskiy X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 41h57m09.s 4h41m32.s 0
15 C Vaidotas Zala Agrorodeo Mini/BMW 42h27m32.s 5h11m55.s 0
16 C Benediktas Vanagas General Financing Team Pitlane Toyota 43h47m23.s 6h31m46.s 0
17 C Miroslav Zapletal Offroad Kazakhstan Ford 43h55m57.s 6h40m20.s 0
18 C Denis Krotov MSK Rally Team Mini/BMW 44h13m09.s 6h57m32.s 0
19 C Antanas Juknevicius Kreda Toyota 44h29m38.s 7h14m01.s 0
20 C Jean Remy Bergounhe SRT Racing Buggy/? 44h48m57.s 7h33m20.s 0
21 C Dominique Housieaux MD Rallye Sport MD 45h31m14.s 8h15m37.s 0
22 C Jakub Przygonski Orlen X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 45h44m22.s 8h28m45.s 0
23 C Oscar Fuertes Ssangyong Ssangyong 46h31m13.s 9h15m36.s 0
24 C Ronan Chabot Overdrive Toyota Toyota 47h00m28.s 9h44m51.s 0
25 C Erik van Loon Overdrive Toyota Toyota 48h05m07.s 10h49m30.s 0
26 C Andrey Cherednikov Offroad Kazakhstan Ford 54h01m22.s 16h45m45.s 0
27 C Boris Vaculik 3RCZ.COM Ford 114h23m44.s 77h08m07.s 0

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January 15, 2020 at 01:37AM

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