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Sainz concludes the third stage as Al-Atiyah stretches his lead

Agency / Alca Ismuff, Saudi Arabia

Carlos Sainz won the third stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia yesterday, and his Audi team celebrated the first stage of the electric hybrid car. The Spaniards, the Dakar Rally’s triple champion, won the 40th career stage, finishing 38 seconds behind Toyota’s South African Genk Lategan on the 255km time stage around Alca Ismuff.
The Audi RSQ e-tron prototype has three electric motors and a petrol engine to charge the battery during the longer stages of the two-week endurance event. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Athiya, who finished eighth yesterday, took the overall lead after the closest challenger, Sebastien Loeb, was forced into two-wheel drive after two puncture and transmission problems. Strengthened the grip of.
The French, who won nine World Rally Championships on the Bahrain Raid Extreme Team, were 37 minutes behind Toyota’s Al Atiya. Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez was third overall and South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers was fourth, but was penalized for five minutes for not being able to stop after contacting Chilean motorcycle rider Cesar Zmaran on Monday.
Al-Attiyah said he took advantage of the mechanical problem of the robe to make it easier. “I think Cebu had a problem with the car. We just tried to make it easier without taking the risk. I’m very happy to finish the stage without any problems. This is good for tomorrow. Let’s do it, “said Al Atiyah.
“Tomorrow is a very long stage. I think we really have to be careful on the long stage. I was so slow that I wasn’t surprised to be caught by Carlos. My main target is It wasn’t a surprise because it’s Sebastien Loeb, not Carlos Sainz. Carlos is too far from us so I don’t have to fight Carlos. Seb was the main target, but now there’s a problem with Seb ..
“We’re just trying to control the rally. It’s not easy. Now on the third day, a lot is happening with many drivers, but this is Dakar and we need to respect Dakar. There is, “he said.
Sainz and Audi teammates and defending champion Stéphane Peterhansel are fighting for a stage win rather than an overall win after a nightmare Sunday effectively destroys the opportunity. The Spaniards are seventh overall, but two hours and nineteen minutes behind Al-Attiya, and Peterhansel, who won the 14th inning, is 23 hours behind.
In the motorcycle category, Britain’s Sam Sunderland finished in 17th place, but even if French rider Adrian van Beberen shortened to 4 seconds, he remained in the overall lead. On stage, Portuguese rider Joaquim Rodríguez, whose brother-in-law Paulo Goncalves died at the 2020 Dakar Rally, won for the Indian hero team. It was his first stage victory at the Endurance Event.
Australia’s Daniel Sanders, who led after the first stage, said he had deliberately lost time to avoid having to run first today. “Just before the finish, I sat down, had a picnic and waited for three minutes,” he said.
“Tomorrow was the longest stage of the race and I just wanted to go back a bit to catch the previous guys, so I just played it wisely. I wish I could win another stage, but 30 It happened on the second day when I lost a minute, so I had to play a little because I’ve been here for 12 days as well as winning each stage a little clever. “
Former MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci rejoined with a penalty of over 11 hours after repairing KTM overnight.




Stage 3 results
1 Carlos Sainz / Lucas Senra (Audi) 3 hours 25:00
2 Henkra Tegan / Brett Cummings (Toyota Gazoo Racing) + 3m28s
3 Stephane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger (Audi) + 7m56s
4 Nani Roma / Alex Haro Bravo (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 8m02s
5Mattias Ekström / EmilBergkvist (Audi) + 13m30s
6 Yazeed al-Rajhi / Michael Orr (Overdrive Toyota) + 8m41s
7 Giniel de Villier / Dennis Murphy (Toyota Gazu Racing)
8 Nasser Al-Attiya / Matthew Baumel (Toyota Gazoo Racing) + 11m17s
9 Lucio Alvarez / Armand de Brignac (Overdrive Toyota) + 40m53
10 Orlando Terra Nova / Dani Oliveras Carreras (Bahrain Raid Extreme) + 1h05m03s


Overall ranking:
1 Al Athiya / Baumel (Toyota) 9 hours 31 minutes 22 seconds
2 robes / Larkin (Bahrain Raid Extreme) + 37m40s
3 Alvarez / Monleon (Overdrive Toyota) + 42m06s
4 Devilliers / Murphy (Toyota Gazu Racing) + 45m22s
5 Al Rajhi / Orr (Overdrive Toyota) + 47m29s
6 Vladimir Vasiliev / Oleguperenko (VRT Team BMW) + 49m33s
7 Martin Prokop / Viktor Chytka (Orlen Team Ford) + 54m46s
8 Sebastian Halpan / Bernard Graue (X-raid Mini JCW) + 1h01m32s
9Kuba Przygónski / TimoGottschalk (X-raid Mini JCW) + 1h06m47s
10 Terranova / Daniel Oliveras Carreras (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 1h08m04s



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