2021 Dakar Rally gallery and first stage results

Defending winner Carlos Sainz took the direct in the Dakar Rally car category after winning Sunday’s to start with correct phase in the Saudi Arabian desert forward of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel.

The Spaniard was eight seconds distinct of ‘Mr Dakar’ Peterhansel — the Frenchman who has won a record thirteen moments on two wheels and four — in general after the 277-km timed phase from the port metropolis of Jeddah to Bisha.

Right away chief Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won Saturday’s brief prologue for the factory Toyota crew, dropped again to 10th and virtually twelve minutes off the direct.

“We determined to gain the prologue, and we anticipated to get rid of time opening the highway currently. Tomorrow’s phase is what genuinely matters,” said the Qatari.

Sainz, a triple Dakar winner whose son and namesake is a Ferrari Method One particular driver, had commenced twenty eighth after a puncture in the prologue but arrived again aggressively in his X-Raid Mini JCW buggy.

“We had a puncture and a problem with the roadbook made us get rid of four minutes. Delighted with the P1 and with the direct tomorrow,” the fifty eight-yr-previous said on Twitter.

Peterhansel dropped time with a puncture in the very last 50km.

Nine-moments environment rally winner Sebastien Loeb had a difficult day, the Frenchman struggling a few punctures and dropping virtually 24 minutes guiding for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme crew.

Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez led the way in the light-weight prototype category, becoming the to start with female winner of a Dakar phase given that Germany’s Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005. Kleinschmidt won the Dakar car category in 2001.

Gutierrez, a four moments finisher in the Dakar, a short while ago signed up to compete in the new Serious E collection for a crew owned by 7 moments Method One particular winner Lewis Hamilton.

In the bikes, Australian two-moments winner Toby Price was 23 seconds distinct of Argentina’s Kevin Benavides in general even though American 2020 winner Ricky Brabec dropped his way and finished up 17 minutes adrift.

“Nowadays (was) pretty difficult with the navigation. I acquired dropped a little bit about 7km from the complete,” said KTM rider Price. “I took a little bit of time just making an attempt to get again on keep track of in this article.”

The Dakar, one of motorsport’s most risky and grueling gatherings, is staying held entirely in Saudi Arabia for the 2nd time, with competitors in a protecting bubble after tests destructive for COVID-19.

The rally finishes in Jeddah on Jan. 15.

 

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