Barreda and Sainz tame the particular sand
In the heart associated with Saudi Arabia, Ha’il was for a long time the particular crossroads of the trade routes between your country’s main cities. Over the last 10 years, it has especially become the capital associated with all-terrain rallying, where an active local community of enthusiasts has boosted the particular discipline’s development. On the way there from Al Qaisumah , the particular Dakar competitors will have understood the reason why the Saudis living in the region possess such a passion for 4×4 expeditions: due to sand, sand and more fine sand. In the form of dunes of varying dimension, spread over large expanses or even covering both narrow and broad tracks, success on the day’s timed section relied on the capacity in order to tame this instable material. Thankfully, the rain that occasionally drops in the area made the terrain faster than expected. Be that as it might, the riders and drivers nevertheless in the rally will have greatly earned their rest day.
The two Spanish competition who triumphed in the bike plus car categories are genuine enthusiasts. Through picking up his third achievement this week, Joan Barreda has also entered a brief history books alongside his countryman Jordi Arcarons , who furthermore boasts 27 specials on his roll of honour, with whom he shares the feature of never having won the Dakar, despite his talent and encounter on the rally. If the Honda rider desires to rectify this situation, he will need to make up time on the leading trio led by Toby Cost , who has a small advantage over Kevin Benavides and Ignacio Cornejo , both lower than three minutes behind. Carlos Sainz , with his 38th stage victory in Ha’il right in front of Yazeed Al-Rajhi , is also in the position of pursuer, but with a much heftier amount of time to create up, namely forty minutes around the duo of Peterhansel and Al Attiyah , who have been head and shoulder blades above the rest since the start in Jeddah. Because for Sébastien Loeb , he is definitively out of contention with regard to victory after breaking a suspension system arm at the beginning of the special. The particular wait for its replacement’s arrival plus installation by his assistance group could multiply the time gap two fold, threefold or even fourfold… Also disappointed by mechanical problems, “Chaleco” López dropped less time but had the position associated with general standings leader taken from your pet by Aron Domżała in the lightweight vehicle type, whilst Seth Quintero beat the record just for precociousness by winning the day’s special (see performance of the day). The one-two-three finish by Kamaz on the phase finishing near Ha’il also allowed the Russian team to monopolise the provisional podium and include it with blue, a fine method to celebrate a new record (see stat of the day).
Performance of the day
Following Cristina Gutiérrez , the very first woman to taste stage triumph on the Dakar since Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005, it was today Seth Quintero ’s turn to cause a sensation at the end of the particular sixth special for lightweight automobiles. At the age of 18 years and 118 days, the American has become the most youthful ever winner of a special within the Dakar. Also a recruit from the RedBull Off Road Team UNITED STATES like his feminine colleague, he looks set to be engaged in many forthcoming duels on this 2021 edition of the Dakar.
Up to now this year, Chaleco López has been on the podium of four specials including the prologue and had displayed exemplary consistency till the start of the sixth stage. However , the particular Chilean, who opened the way regarding his rivals, unfortunately suffered the mechanical problem just after the half way point of the stage. The postpone incurred lasted for almost one hour as well as the price he paid was a large one, because he now finds themself at the foot of the provisional podium more than 36’ behind his successor Aron Domżała at the top of the general standings. It was in no way the result López was wishing for prior to the rest day on his tenth Dakar, but it also most certainly will not be the Can-Am driver’s final word on the matter…
Stat’ of the day: 150
Kamaz took pride of place on the particular sixth special that finished close to Ha’il. After taking the lead soon after the midway point, Airat Mardeev was able to hold on and pick up his 1st success since 2018. More importantly, this individual offered the Russian team their 150 th stage victory in the history of the Dakar, sketching them level with Mitsubishi and behind KTM , who are well forward with 224 triumphs. In this selection that began in 1999, the majority had been won by the “Tsar” Vladimir Chagin , the report holder in the truck category along with seven titles and 63 stage victories acquired between 1999 and 2011.
The Peugeot 504 Pick-up enrolled simply by Italians Roberto Camporese and Umberto Fiori dates from 1982 and has been totally reconfigured within the spirit of the era. The team are in last place in the Dakar Classic standings, but are ongoing their way along Saudi Arabia’s tracks.
Stéphane Peterhansel: “ Good point is the new team along with Edouard ”
The particular record holder for Dakar triumphs has reached the rest day because leader of the general standings, using a lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah which he deems too small to feel at ease.
“ Whenever we take stock after one week, after that, yes, it’s been a good 7 days, a really good week, because we did not make many mistakes. We noticed that the car is displaying great performance. If I need to mention an adverse point, it would be two things: the other day when we got lost, we were simply turning round and round as well as the feeling was really bad because all of us thought we had lost . “