WDue to strong winds in Saudi Arabia, the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally was shortened by almost half on Wednesday. Since the helicopters could not take off for racing observation, the organizers decided to cancel early at 345 km for safety reasons. A route of 608 km between Haradh and the destination Shubaytah was planned.
Former World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz celebrated his fourth victory of the day. The Spaniard from the German team X-raid crossed the finish line 3:05 minutes ahead of Poland's Jakub Przygonski with German co-driver Timo Gottschalk (Rheinsberg / X-raid).
Defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, who was just 24 seconds behind Sainz before the section, lost valuable ground in the Toyota as 17th, 17:46 behind Sainz. Second in the overall classification is Dakar record winner Stephane Peterhansel from France 16 seconds back in the neck.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso overturned with his Toyota, but made it to the finish line – albeit without a windscreen. "Everything is good, we are ready again. I hope we can make up ground tomorrow, ”tipped the overall 14. (+4: 34: 56 hours).
In the motorcycles that contested their ninth stage, Spaniard Joan Barreda Bort on Honda secured victory over his American brand colleague Ricky Brabec, who thus extended the lead in the overall standings. Brabec is now 25:44 minutes ahead of Chilean Pablo Quintanilla, who finished seventh on Wednesday.
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