The penultimate stage of Dakar Rally It did not bring great news in the car category and this, indisputably, is great news for Stephane Peterhansel. Monsieur Dakar finished in second place, behind the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, who could only cut 1:56 minutes from the thirteen-time winner of the race, who if nothing happens – very rare – will lift the title again this Friday in Jeddah. Carlos Sainz He finished third near the two references in the category and will finish in the same position a Dakar in which he has not achieved his best feelings.
On motorcycles, Kevin Benavides will face the last stage as the first classified and the highest contender for victory after enduring the onslaught of a spectacular Sam Sunderland, who triumphed in the set and is just over four minutes behind the Argentine Honda in the general.
The special, 464 and that ran between Al-Ula and Yanbu, did not bring good news for the Spanish participation, despite the consolidation of Lorenzo Santolino in the top-10 of the general classification. Joan Barreda, who started the stage like a shot, ended up abandoning the Dakar due to a serious failure in which he missed the refueling point, something that made him run out of gas in the middle of the test.
Peterhansel will face the last special this Friday, a total of 225 kilometers between Yanbu and Jeddah, with more than 15 minutes of advantage over Al-Attiyah, so it will be enough to make no mistakes to reign in cars for the eighth time. For his part, Sainz aims for third place finish more than an hour behind Peterhansel, who will conquer the Dakar 30 years after his first title.