Al Atiyah is the fastest in the Dakar prologue

Nasser Al Atiyah, the driver of Toyota, achieved the best time in the car competition in the prologue of the Dakar Rally.

The driver from Qatar crossed the 19-kilometer section from Jeddah to Hail in ten minutes and 56 seconds. Al Atiyah will try to reach the overall triumph at the Dakar Rally for the fourth time in his career, writes Sports Club.

The second, with only 12 seconds behind, was also the three-time champion, the Spaniard Carlos Sainc in Audi. The current champion, the Frenchman Stefan Peterhansel, was only 14th with a minute and 12 seconds less in relation to Al Atiyah.

In the motorcycle competition, the fastest was Daniel Sanders, a member of the GasGas team. He mastered the track in 55:30 minutes.


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Increased security measures in Dakar, Butron must undergo surgery

The beginning of the 44th Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia this year, began in the shadow of a major incident, an explosion in Jeddah not far from where some of the cult rally participants were.

One person was injured in that incident. This is the French competitor Philippe Boutron, who ended up in the hospital. The latest information reveals that he has serious leg injuries and that he needs surgery, and the organizer announced stricter security measures.

– The entire route, from hotels and other accommodation facilities, will be a zone of increased security and in this context, please pay the utmost attention – reads the statement of the organizers of the Dakar Rally.

The competition part of the Dakar Rally started on the first day of 2022, and will last until January 14.


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