HomeLatest NewsDakar Rally 2018, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah safely negotiated the second loop stage through the Pisco dunes

Dakar Rally 2018, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah safely negotiated the second loop stage through the Pisco dunes

Dakar Rally 2018, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah safely negotiated the second loop stage through the Pisco dunes

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Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Bernhard Ten Brinke safely negotiated the second loop stage through the treacherous dunes around Pisco and reached the night halt in fourth, eighth and 11th overall. De Villiers, winner of the event in 2009, carded a time of 3hrs 04min 17sec with co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz to secure the fourth fastest time in his revised Toyota Hilux. Al-Attiyah and navigator Matthieu Baumel opened the road for their rivals and that placed added responsibility on Baumel’s shoulders to get the navigation right. The Qatari carded the eighth fastest time after his navigator suffered a bout of sickness in the dunes. Bernhard Ten Brinke shadowed Al-Attiyah into the special and he and co-driver Michel Périn finished in 11th position. Tomorrow, the route of the Dakar heads south from Pisco to the town of San Juan de Marcona. The stage starts at the town of Ica along the Pacific Coast after a liaison of 208km and winds its way through canyons and dunes, skirting the famous UNESCO world heritage town of Nasca, to finish in San Juan de Marcona.

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah said: “It was not easy. We opened all day. The reason we lose a lot of time is because Matthieu got sick from the beginning and I had to take care about him. But we finished the stage. We know we lose a lot of time. Tomorrow, we know, will be better. We will see.”

RESULTS :

Sunday 7th January / Pisco-Pisco / 267 km of stage

4. De Villiers-Von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) à 7’26’’
8. Al Attiyah-Baumel (Toyota Hilux) à 14’51’’
11. Ten Brinke-Périn (Toyota Hilux) à 19’54’’

Overall classification

3. De Villiers-Von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) à 5’44”
5. Al Attiyah-Baumel (Toyota Hilux) à 12’15”
10. Ten Brinke-Périn (Toyota Hilux) à 17’43”

 

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