Carlos Sainz became the hero of the third day of the Dakar rally-raid: the famous Spanish driver won the current stage of the marathon, having covered 636 km the fastest, of which 255 km is a high-speed special stage.
For Sainz Sr., this is the 40th success of this kind at the stages of the Dakar, in which he has been performing since 2006. At the finish in Al Qaisumah, he was just 38 seconds ahead of Henk Lategan’s South African crew of the factory Toyota team.
Of course, one of the first to congratulate Sainz was his son Carlos, the Formula 1 driver for Ferrari.
“40 victories in the Dakar, but this is the first ever victory in a car with a hybrid electric motor, – wrote Sines Jr. on his Twitter page. – I know that this is a special achievement for him, behind which is a huge hard work. Congratulations!”
Separately, it is worth noting that Sainz’s Audi Sport teammate, Stephane Petransel, also piloting the newest electric SUV Audi RS Q e-tron, took third place, and another rider of this team, Matthias Ekström, closed the top five.
This is the first such success for an electric driver in Dakar.
Leadership in the absolute standings is kept by Nasser Al-Attiyah, driving the factory Toyota Hilux – today he finished eighth five minutes behind the leader.
The second place in the absolute is still held by Sebastien Loeb, the winner of yesterday’s stage, but today he was out of luck: just 10 minutes after the start, the all-wheel drive transmission broke down on their Prodrive Hunter buggy, and they covered the entire remaining distance only on rear wheel drive. At the same time, the crew of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team lost only 33 minutes to the leaders, which in this situation can be considered as minimizing losses.
The best Russian driver in the SUV category was again Vladimir Vasiliev, his BMW X5 was at the finish line 11th.
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