Peterhansel wins Stage 10, Al-Attiyah retains big Dakar lead
Thursday 13th January, 2022 - 10:24am
Stephane Peterhansel has picked up his first stage win of Dakar 2022 but Nasser Al-Attiyah continues to hold a commanding overall lead with two days to go.
Al-Attiyah was seventh-quickest on Stage 10 at 1:25s slower than his nearest rival for the title, Sebastien Loeb.
However, the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver’s margin to Loeb in the rally classification is still 32:40s.
Stage 10, which included a 375km special between Wadi Ad Dawasir and Bisha, turned out to be a Team Audi Sport one-two.
Either of Peterhansel or Carlos Sainz locked out the top two throughout, with the former eventually prevailing over the latter by 2:06s.
The result means that each Audi driver has one stage win in this, the first year of the hybrid RS Q e-tron, although ‘Mr Dakar’ and Sainz are well back in the overall classification due to earlier mishaps.
Third on the day was Loeb’s Bahrain Raid Xtreme team-mate Orlando Terranova, with fourth going to Toyota Gazoo’s Henk Lategan.
Loeb himself was fifth-quickest, 4:25s off Peterhansel’s pace, but it was not enough to make much of a dent on Al-Attiyah’s advantage.
“We can’t try any more than we are already doing to catch Nasser,” said the nine-time World Rally Champion.
“The gap is big, but we’ll do everything we can in these last two days to get as close as we can.”
Al-Attiyah noted, “We only lost one minute from Seb today and tomorrow we have a good position on the road.
“Today we had no punctures or any issues with the car. Mathieu’s [Baumel] navigation was good.”
In the overall classification, Overdrive Toyota’s Yazeed Al Rajhi is third at 23:08s behind Loeb, from Terranova and X-Raid Mini JCW’s Jakub Przygonski.
Ekstrom is 10th, Sainz 15th, and Peterhansel 61st.
The penultimate stage, a loop around Bisha featuring a 346km special, starts this evening (AEDT).
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General classification: Cars Top 10
|1||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel||Toyota Gazoo Racing||33:13:37|
|2||Sebastien Loeb||Fabian Lurquin||Bahrain Raid Xtreme||+0:32:40|
|3||Yazeed Al Rajhi||Michael Orr||Overdrive Toyota||+0:55:48|
|4||Orlando Terranova||Daniel Oliveras Carreras||Bahrain Raid Xtreme||+1:29:18|
|5||Jakub Przygonski||Timo Gottschalk||X-Raid Mini JCW Team||+1:41:02|
|6||Giniel De Villiers||Dennis Murphy||Toyota Gazoo Racing||+1:45:42|
|7||Vladimir Vasilyev||Oleg Uperenko||VRT Team||+1:49:36|
|8||Sebastian Halpern||Bernardo Graue||X-Raid Mini JCW Team||+2:13:21|
|9||Mathieu Serradori||Loic Minaudier||SRT Racing||+2:30:23|
|10||Mattias Ekstrom||Emil Bergkvist||Team Audi Sport||+2:42:46|