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

Valentin Khorounzhiy
Sainz extends lead as stage 10 cut short
Sainz extends lead as stage 10 cut short

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr 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 331.8-mile of timed competition in the Rub' Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced the organisers to end the competitive running early.

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Citing "strong wind gusts" and all safety resources being "already mobilised", the Dakar declared the results of the stage at the 138.6-mile 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".

Sainz extends lead as stage 10 cut short
Sainz extends lead as stage 10 cut short

Yet both he and Peterhansel got lost trying to find the 138.6-mile 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 138.6-mile 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 460 timed miles.

Leading stage 10 times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

2h03m43.s

2

Jakub Przygonski

Orlen X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

3m05.s

3

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

4m26.s

4

Pierre Lachaume

PH-Sport

Peugeot

6m10.s

5

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

6m30.s

6

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

6m40.s

7

Erik van Loon

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

7m49.s

8

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

7m58.s

9

Wei Han

Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team

Hanwei/Geely

8m26.s

10

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

11m48.s

Overall leading times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

37h15m37.s

2

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

18m10.s

3

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

18m26.s

4

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

40m46.s

5

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

57m39.s

6

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

1h02m23.s

7

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

1h15m39.s

8

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

1h37m21.s

9

Yasir Saeidan

Race World Team

Mini/BMW

2h49m28.s

10

Pierre Lachaume

PH-Sport

Peugeot

3h28m16.s


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