Carlos Sainz Sr wins another stage to extend 2020 Dakar Rally lead

Jamie Klein
Sainz wins another stage to extend Dakar lead
Sainz wins another stage to extend Dakar lead

Carlos Sainz became the first repeat stage winner of this year's Dakar Rally as he beat Nasser Al-Attiyah to extend his advantage overall to just under six minutes.

X-raid Mini Buggy driver Sainz came onto the stage with a 3m3s lead over Toyota rival Al-Attiyah and looked set to drop further time as he lost two-and-a-half-minutes on the opening 30 miles of Thursday's 219-mile Al Ula-Hail test.

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But the two-time World Rally champion recovered to take a slender lead at the 155-mile mark and ended up pulling out 2m56s over Al-Attiyah over the remainder of the stage.

It means Sainz now has an enhanced advantage of 5m59s in the general classification as the rally nears its halfway point.

Stephane Peterhansel lost three minutes in his X-raid Buggy with a puncture and ended up 6m11s adrift of his team-mate at the end of the stage.

He now trails Sainz by 17m53s overall but holds a comfortable third place ahead of Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Toyota), who consolidated fourth by finishing in the same position on the stage.

Orlando Terranova holds fifth in the best of the X-raid Mini 4x4s, ahead of Matthieu Serradori's Century and Giniel de Villiers' factory Toyota.

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso notched up the second top-10 finish of his Dakar career as he came home seventh, 12m23s behind fellow countryman Sainz.

The Toyota driver still trails by more than three hours overall following his costly accident on Monday's second stage.

Leading stage five times

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

C

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

3h52m01.s

2

C

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

2m56.s

3

C

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

6m11.s

4

C

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

8m29.s

5

C

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

8m52.s

6

C

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

11m46.s

7

C

Fernando Alonso

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

12m23.s

8

C

Yasir Saeidan

Race World Team

Mini/BMW

12m39.s

9

C

Jakub Przygonski

Orlen X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

12m47.s

10

C

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

17m49.s

Overall classification

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

C

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

19h04m13.s

2

C

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

5m59.s

3

C

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

17m53.s

4

C

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

31m39.s

5

C

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

32m05.s

6

C

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

44m44.s

7

C

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

46m26.s

8

C

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

1h04m54.s

9

C

Yasir Saeidan

Race World Team

Mini/BMW

1h43m04.s

10

C

Jerome Pelichet

Raidlynx

Optimus/MD

2h11m07.s

11

C

Ronan Chabot

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

2h12m19.s

12

C

Pierre Lachaume

PH-Sport

Peugeot

2h18m13.s

13

C

Wei Han

Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team

Hanwei/Geely

2h29m08.s

14

C

Fernando Alonso

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

3h11m50.s

15

C

Jakub Przygonski

Orlen X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

6h46m43.s

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