Dakar. Forty El Matadora

The Tuesday episode was originally supposed to be the second part of the so-called the marathon stage. However, heavy rains in the northern part of Saudi Arabia forced the organizers to change plans and modify the route. In the end, in the loop around Al-Kajsuma, it was necessary to cover just over 255 km on time.

Sainz and Cruz were in the lead from the beginning of the stage, but they took the lead only after 200 kilometers, after the last section of the dunes. For El Matador – making his Dakar debut in 2006 – this is a forty-stage win.

Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings presented themselves very well on Tuesday. The South African Toyota crew was in the lead for most of the stages, with only 38 seconds short of the winners. Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger completed the podium. Last year’s Dakar winners drove one minute and 41 seconds slower than Sainz.

One minute after the top three, Nani Roma and Alex Haro Bravo finished the episode – today the best of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme trio. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist closed the top five, highlighting a successful day for Audi. The Swedes only dropped off the stage podium at the end of the test. The German manufacturer’s team still cannot come to terms with the Sunday losses caused by the search for one of the checkpoints. Team representatives accuse the organizers of errors in the road book, although legal steps were eventually abandoned.

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The leaders of the 44th edition of the marathon: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel achieved the eighth result. Their lead in the overall standings has increased significantly, however, as Sebastian Loeb and Fabian Lurquin, who are opening today, had problems. Two slippers happened first, then Hunter’s gearbox problems. The loss exceeded half an hour.

Jakub Przygoński and Timo Gottschalk finished thirteenth, over 12 minutes behind Sainz.

– Really fast stage, in beautiful terrain and with a few dunes. It was fun to drive, we liked it. We used the car to the limit. The time, unfortunately, is not what we expected. It does not depend on us. We did our best – said Przygoński.

STAGE 3 – Cars:

1. Carlos Sainz Spain Lucas Cruz Audi RS Q e-tron 2: 26.51
2. Henk Lategan Brett Cummings Toyota GR DKR Hilux + 38s
3. Stephane Peterhansel Edouard Boulanger Audi RS Q e-tron +1.41
4. Nani Roma Alex Haro Bravo BRX Hunter T1 + +2.41
5. Mattias Ekstrom Emil Bergkvist Audi RS Q e-tron +2.59
6. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Michael Orr Toyota Hilux Overdrive +3.46
7. Giniel De Villiers Dennis Murphy Toyota GR DKR Hilux +4.10
8. Nasser Al-Attiyah Matthieu Baumel Toyota GR DKR Hilux +5.10
9. Lucio Alvarez Armand Monleon Toyota Hilux Overdrive +6.23
10. Orlando Terranova Daniel Oliveras Carreras BRX Hunter T1 + +8.11

13. Jakub Przygoński Timo Gottschalk Mini John Cooper Works Buggy +12.36


1. Al-Attiyah, 2. Loeb +37.40, 3. Alvarez +42.06, 4. De Villiers +45.22, 5. Al-Rajhi +47.29, 6. Wasiliew +49.33, 7. Prokop +54.56, 8. Halpern +1 : 01.32, 9. Przygoński +1: 06.47, 10. Terranova +1: 08.04

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