Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, catastrophe for Audi - Motor Informed
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Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, catastrophe for Audi

For the primary half of the 333km particular close to Ha’il in Saudi Arabia, Al-Attiyah got here underneath critical strain from the three Audis, with the German marque’s lead runner Stephane Peterhansel sitting simply six seconds behind him after the primary 120km.

Nevertheless, Audi’s problem started to unravel en path to the subsequent waypoint, with 14-time Dakar winner Peterhansel the primary driver to drop out of competition after suffering heavy damage to his RS Q e-tron in an accident.

With the rear axle damaged and the left-rear suspension taking an enormous hit, the Frenchman has been ready for greater than 4 hours for help vans to reach to restore the injury.

However Audi’s troubles didn’t finish there as Carlos Sainz Sr quickly misplaced greater than two hours in the hunt for a difficult checkpoint close to the top of the stage, having already dropped six minutes behind the leaders with unrelated points within the center a part of the day.

With Mattias Ekstrom additionally falling behind within the third Audi because the stage neared its conclusion, Al-Attiyah was capable of prolong his benefit on the entrance within the main Toyota, finally claiming victory by a wholesome margin of 12m44s.

Audi’s troubles additionally allowed rally legend Sebastien Loeb to leap to second place within the general rankings, main the cost for the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme staff.

Loeb and Al-Attiyah have been driving collectively within the latter a part of the stage and have been the one two frontrunners to cross the right checkpoint on the first time of asking. 

This allowed the duo to construct a sizeable benefit after the opening stage, with their nearest challenger Martin Prokop ending over 10 minutes behind within the Benzina Ford.

#200 Team Audi Sport: Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger, crash

#200 Staff Audi Sport: Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger, crash

Picture by: A.S.O.

Lucio Alvarez (Overdrive Toyota), Vladimir Vasilyev (VRT BMW) and Sebastian Halpern (X-raid Mini) have been subsequent up in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, whereas Giniel de Villiers completed seventh in a robust first full stage for the manufacturing unit Toyota staff.

Jakub Przygonski (Orlen Mini), Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota) and five-time bikes winner Cyril Despres (GPX Peugeot) rounded out the highest 10.

The 2014 occasion winner Nani Roma (Prodrive) was categorized 23rd after shedding an enormous chunk of time with navigational problems with his personal, three locations forward of the highest Audi of Ekstrom.

Sainz is provisionally categorized in 32nd place, having completed the stage 2h07m down on winner Al-Attiyah.

Toyota driver Henk Lategan had but to complete the stage on the time of writing after struggling a puncture on the 142km mark.

Stage 1 outcomes:

Pos # Driver/co-driver Staff Time Hole
1 201

N. AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

M. BAUMEL (AND)

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING 03:30:53  
2 211

S. LOEB (FRA)

F. LURQUIN (BEL)

BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 03:43:37 00:12:44
three 209

M. PROKOP (CZE)

V. CHYTKA (CZE)

BENZINA ORLEN TEAM 03:53:32 00:22:39
four 222

L. ALVAREZ (ARG)

A. MONLEON (ESP)

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 03:58:35 00:27:42
5 208

V. VASILYEV (RAF)

O. UPERENKO (LVA)

VRT TEAM 03:59:51 00:28:58
6 223

S. HALPERN (ARG)

B. GRAUE (ARG)

X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 04:00:30 00:29:37
7 207

G. DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

D. MURPHY (ZAF)

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING 04:04:26 00:33:33
eight 203

J. PRZYGONSKI (POL)

T. GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

ORLEN TEAM 04:12:44 00:41:51
9 205

Y. AL RAJHI (SAU)

M. ORR (GBR)

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 04:14:33 00:43:40
10 221

O. TERRANOVA (ARG)

D. OLIVERAS CARRERAS (ESP)

BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 04:20:20 00:49:27
11 218

Y. SEAIDAN (SAU)

A. KUZMICH (RAF)

X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 04:22:26 00:51:33
12 204

N. ROMA (ESP)

A. HARO BRAVO (ESP)

BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 04:49:27 01:18:34

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