Peterhansel wins Stage 10, Al-Attiyah retains big Dakar lead

Stephane Peterhansel. Picture: Florent Gooden/DPPI

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

Pos Driver Co-driver Team Time/Gap
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

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