February 27, 2024

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2021 Dakar Rally gallery and first stage results

Defending champion Carlos Sainz took the guide in the Dakar Rally car group following profitable Sunday’s initially correct stage in the Saudi Arabian desert forward of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel.

The Spaniard was 8 seconds distinct of ‘Mr Dakar’ Peterhansel — the Frenchman who has won a document thirteen moments on two wheels and 4 — general following the 277-km timed stage from the port metropolis of Jeddah to Bisha.

Overnight leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won Saturday’s brief prologue for the manufacturing facility Toyota team, dropped back to 10th and virtually twelve minutes off the guide.

“We decided to win the prologue, and we expected to drop time opening the road now. Tomorrow’s stage is what definitely issues,” explained the Qatari.

Sainz, a triple Dakar winner whose son and namesake is a Ferrari Formulation 1 driver, experienced began 28th following a puncture in the prologue but came back aggressively in his X-Raid Mini JCW buggy.

“We experienced a puncture and a issue with the roadbook manufactured us drop 4 minutes. Delighted with the P1 and with the guide tomorrow,” the fifty eight-yr-previous explained on Twitter.

Peterhansel shed time with a puncture in the final 50km.

Nine-moments environment rally champion Sebastien Loeb experienced a complicated working day, the Frenchman struggling 3 punctures and dropping virtually 24 minutes guiding for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team.

Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez led the way in the lightweight prototype group, becoming the initially female winner of a Dakar stage given that Germany’s Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005. Kleinschmidt won the Dakar car group in 2001.

Gutierrez, a 4 moments finisher in the Dakar, just lately signed up to compete in the new Serious E sequence for a team owned by seven moments Formulation 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

In the bikes, Australian two-moments champion Toby Cost was 23 seconds distinct of Argentina’s Kevin Benavides general although American 2020 champion Ricky Brabec shed his way and finished up seventeen minutes adrift.

“Nowadays (was) rather complicated with the navigation. I got shed a little bit about 7km from the end,” explained KTM rider Cost. “I took a little bit of time just trying to get back on monitor right here.”

The Dakar, a person of motorsport’s most unsafe and grueling occasions, is becoming held entirely in Saudi Arabia for the 2nd time, with competition in a protective bubble following tests damaging for COVID-19.

The rally finishes in Jeddah on Jan. 15.