Unfortunately the Dakar Rally begins to come to an end. The most difficult race in the world reached the penultimate stage this Thursday and it seems that Stéphane Peterhansel He has everything defined to stay with his 14th title. ‘Monsieur Dakar’ continues to make history and today he showed that he is one of the biggest in the race.
The rivals could do little against the consistency and poise of the French. At 55 he is about to make history again. Although he did not achieve victory on Thursday’s stage, he again stayed within the first places and lost only 1 minute with respect to the winner of the test, Nasser Al-Attiyah that managed to prevail despite the difficulties.
Peterhansel has everything on track to stay with the test after another perfect day for his MINI. While the Frenchman was second, Al-Attiyah was never able to get him off his rear-view mirrors. 1m 56s was the exact difference between Peterhansel and the Toyota driver who, if nothing strange happened to Peterhansel, will be left with the desire for another victory.
Carlos Sainz suffered this Thursday. While he didn’t finish far behind the leaders, losing just two minutes to Al-Attiyah, the Spaniard led until kilometer 215 of the stage. However, two punctures in a row left ‘El Matador’ empty-handed. Sainz had two victories so far in the race, but navigation errors deprived him of the title fight.
In the absence of a stage for completion, Stéphane Peterhansel leads the general times table with a cumulative 42h 09s. In second place is the Qatari, Nasser Al-Attiyah, 15 minutes from the French MINI. The podium is closed by Carlos Sainz, who is 1h 04m from the leader of the event. The best Latin is the Brazilian Guiga Spinelli, which is 17th overall.
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