Dakar Rally 2020: Mini's Terranova takes lead, Alonso hits trouble

Valentin Khorounzhiy
Another Mini leads Dakar, Alonso hits trouble
Another Mini leads Dakar, Alonso hits trouble

X-raid Mini driver Orlando Terranova leads the 2020 Dakar Rally after the second stage, on which star debutant Fernando Alonso has already lost more than two hours due to damage.

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso was close to the frontrunners' pace over the first 100 miles of the test, but his Toyota Hilux was then halted after an impact with a rock that left it with wheel and suspension damage.

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Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma attempted repairs on the spot and ultimately resumed running after giving up more than two hours on the stage.

The Al Wajh - Neom stage, featuring 228 miles of timed competition, is the first of six in this year's Dakar for which the roadbook is made available to crews minutes before the start, rather than the afternoon of the previous day.

Much of the day's proceedings were dominated by Saudi Arabian Yazeed Al Rajhi, who led at each of the first five waypoints and was up by more than six minutes after 155 miles, making up for time losses he incurred in an early detour on Sunday.

Another Mini leads Dakar, Alonso hits trouble
Another Mini leads Dakar, Alonso hits trouble

Al-Rajhi's bid for stage victory and the overall lead fell apart late on, however, as he ceded more than 20 minutes to fellow Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers (pictured above), who ended up as the stage-two pacesetter.

However, de Villiers' opening-stage dramas - he finished with a slow puncture - mean he is only sixth in the general classification after two days, and trails Terranova by 12 minutes.

Argentinian Terranova, in a four-wheel drive Mini John Cooper Works Rally, was second-fastest on the day, while Khalid Al Qassimi in a privateer Peugeot and Mathieu Serradori in a Century buggy made it four different cars in the top four in the stage rankings.

The Dakar's two most recent winners, Mini buggy driver Carlos Sainz Sr and Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah, both surrendered more than 10 minutes on Monday but are in the top three in the overall classification, with Serradori a surprise fourth.

Vaidotas Zala, who claimed a shock maiden win on the opening stage, was 19 minutes off Terranova's pace on stage two and now sits fifth overall.

Dakar's all-time most successful competitor Stephane Peterhansel had been third behind Zala and Sainz, but lost more time than either as he struggled with a steering issue on his Mini buggy.

Peterhansel, however, only trails Terranova by 13 minutes in the general classification and he sits in eighth place, close behind de Villiers and Al Qassimi.

Leading stage two times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

3h37m20.s

2

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

3m57.s

3

Khalid Al-Qassimi

PH-Sport

Peugeot

5m42.s

4

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

9m39.s

5

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

11m46.s

6

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

13m05.s

7

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

13m31.s

8

Yasir Saeidan

Race World Team

Mini/BMW

16m44.s

9

Jerome Pelichet

Raidlynx

Optimus/MD

16m47.s

10

Vaidotas Zala

Agrorodeo

Mini/BMW

19m23.s

Leading positions

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

7h07m36.s

2

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

4m43.s

3

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

6m07.s

4

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

7m22.s

5

Vaidotas Zala

Agrorodeo

Mini/BMW

8m11.s

6

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

12m04.s

7

Khalid Al-Qassimi

PH-Sport

Peugeot

12m35.s

8

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

13m17.s

9

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

16m05.s

10

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

21m23.s


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