Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping stage 10, which was suspended before the halfway point

Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

The Haradh - Shubaytah test was due to feature 331.8-mile of timed competition in the Rub' Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced the organisers to end the competitive running early.

Citing "strong wind gusts" and all safety resources being "already mobilised", the Dakar declared the results of the stage at the 138.6-mile mark in the car competition.

However, the first half of the planned full stage had already proven sufficient for Sainz to make up decisive ground relative to his main rivals Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel.

Toyota driver Al-Attiyah, who won the Dakar last year and entered Wednesday 24 seconds behind Sainz, started the stage second on the road behind Peterhansel, and was tasked with following the Frenchman "like glue".

Yet both he and Peterhansel got lost trying to find the 138.6-mile waypoint, with Al-Attiyah surrendering nearly 15 minutes.

Sainz, meanwhile, came through without major setbacks, ultimately picking up the stage win and inheriting a lead of 18m10s and 18m26s over Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel respectively in the general classification.

Jakub Przygonski (Mini), Giniel de Villiers (Toyota), PH Sport-run Peugeot privateer Pierre Lachaume and Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota) made up the top five on the day.

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who was 10th heading into the day, rolled his Toyota two kilometres into the stage, which resulted in a long stoppage and forced Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma to remove the windscreen from their Hilux.

He arrived at the 138.6-mile waypoint over an hour slower than Sainz, and has dropped down to 14th in the standings.

The competitors will now carefully make their way to the Shubaytah bivouac, where they will not be allowed to receive any assistance from their technical crews under the rally's 'marathon stage' rule.

The last two days of the rally are due to feature around 460 timed miles.

Leading stage 10 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Carlos Sainz Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h03m43.s
2 Jakub Przygonski Orlen X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 3m05.s
3 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 4m26.s
4 Pierre Lachaume PH-Sport Peugeot 6m10.s
5 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 6m30.s
6 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 6m40.s
7 Erik van Loon Overdrive Toyota Toyota 7m49.s
8 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 7m58.s
9 Wei Han Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team Hanwei/Geely 8m26.s
10 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 11m48.s

Overall leading times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Carlos Sainz Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 37h15m37.s
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 18m10.s
3 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 18m26.s
4 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 40m46.s
5 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 57m39.s
6 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1h02m23.s
7 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1h15m39.s
8 Mathieu Serradori SRT Racing Century/? 1h37m21.s
9 Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 2h49m28.s
10 Pierre Lachaume PH-Sport Peugeot 3h28m16.s


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