Stefan Petransel won the ninth stage of the Dakar rally-raid, strengthening the overall lead. His two main rivals, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz, had problems that led to a serious loss of time.
For Petransel, today’s victory was the first at the current Dakar, and in the overall standings his advantage has grown to 17 minutes and 50 seconds. Thus, three stages before the end of the rally-raid, the French driver became one step closer to his 14th career victory at the Dakar.
Nasser Al-Attiyah lost a lot of time due to two punctures and problems with navigation, but nevertheless finished second twelve minutes behind Petransel, just nineteen seconds ahead of Ginelle de Villiers.
Carlos Sainz continues to take third place in the overall standings, but the gap from Petransel is already more than an hour, and the Spaniard is losing more than forty minutes to Al Attiyah. At today’s stage, Sainz Sr. has lost more than twenty minutes due to brake problems.
In the standings of trucks, the ninth stage was won by Martin Matsik from Iveco, who was two minutes ahead of the crew of Airat Mardeev’s KAMAZ. Overall leader Dmitry Sotnikov finished third ten seconds behind his team-mate. Two other KAMAZ crews, Anton Shibalov and Andrey Karginov, finished fifth and sixth, losing more than four minutes to the winner.
In the overall standings, Sotnikov’s crew is forty-five minutes ahead of Shibalov’s crew and outperforms Mardeev’s crew for more than an hour. The winner of today’s stage Matsik is in fifth place, almost two hours behind.
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