Yes & egrave; also concluded the penultimate special stage of the Rally-Dakar 2022 which saw, on the most important step; another of the podium was the hybrid Audi of Carlos Sainz. The Spanish veteran pilot is & egrave; took home his second special win, featuring & ldquo; camel grass, dunes, navigation, riverbeds and stones & hellip; & egrave; it was a really complete stage, quite difficult to open. & rdquo; These are the words of him once he reaches the finish line.
Stage 11 & egrave; departed from Bisha , directing the caravan north to enter the province of Mecca, before turning and returning towards Asir, at the extremity; southwest of the kingdom. With a total length of 501 kilometers, 341 km were covered in a special stage, with 42% of sand and a third of dunes, some of which are very soft, which put the vehicles and participants to the test.
The Audi RS Q e-tron now boasts two wins for Sainz, one for Ekstrom and one for Peterhansel, a nice booty if we think that the house of the Four Rings is showing the world the new & quot; clean & quot; way that will travel the Dakar in the near future.
In second position we & egrave; classified S & eacute; bastien Loeb, driver of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team , still struggling with the run-up to the leader of the general classification, Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The French driver & egrave; managed to gain only five minutes , only to have them canceled for a penalty; due to excess speed in a controlled stretch. 33 & rsquo; 19 & rdquo; & egrave; the gap between the two riders at the top; a sure advantage in view of the final challenge.
Third place for Lucio Alvarez , Argentine driver of the Overdrive team aboard Toyota, preceding the fourth place of Mattias Ekstrom on Audi. For the Bahrain Raid Xtreme Nani Roma team & egrave; fifth stage ahead of the first official Toyota Hilux, that of Giniel De Villiers.
Al-Attiyah, on the other hand, is not; went beyond eighth place, so intent and focused on managing his advantage in the general classification in the best possible way and avoiding unpleasant problems that could take away his victory.
The leader preceded the third Hunter of the BRX team , that of Orlando Terranova , which further strengthens the fourth position in the general classification behind a Yazeed Al-Rajhi who lost 14 minutes from Sainz, but who & egrave; managed to keep the third position in the overall.
WORLD RALLY-RAID CHAMPIONSHIP
In T1, the pursuers of Loeb and Al-Attiyah took the lion's share . Lucio & Aacute; lvarez (Toyota Overdrive) and Nani Roma (BRX) excelled in the world rally-raid classification, pocketing 5 and 4 points respectively. With a total of 17 and 18 points, the Argentinian and the Spanish are now on the heels of the 19 points of Yazeed Al Rajhi, provisionally third. The situation remains unchanged between the two leaders: Loeb leads 39-27 over Al-Attiyah.
Stage 11 (Bisha & ndash; Bisha) result
1 Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (Audi) 3h29m32s
2 Lucio Alvarez/Armand Monleon (Overdrive Racing Toyota) + 3m10s
3 Mattias Ekstr & ouml; m/Emil Bergkvist (Audi) + 3m53s
4 Nani Roma/Alex Haro Bravo (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 4m10s
5 Giniel de Villiers/Dennis Murphy (Toyota Gazoo Racing) + 5m11s
6 St & eacute; phane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (Audi) + 5m54s
7 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Gazoo Racing) + 6m42s
8 S & eacute; bastien Loeb/Fabian Lurquin ( Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 7m21s
9 Orlando Terranova/Dani Oliveras Carreras (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 7m53s
10 Matthieu Serradori/Lo & iuml; c Minaudier (SRT Racing Century) + 10m38s
1 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (Toyota) 36h49m51s
2 Loeb/Lurquin (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 33m19s
3 Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr (Overdrive Racing Toyota) + 1h03m43s
4 Terranova/Oliveras Carreras (Bahrain Raid Xtreme) + 1h31m29s
5 de Villiers/Murphy (Toyota Gazoo Racing) + 1h44m11s
6 Kuba Przyg & oacute; nski/Timo Gottschalk (X-raid Mini JCW) + 1h51m57s
7 Vladimir Vasilyev/Oleg Uperenko (VRT Team BMW) + 1h59m49s
8 Serradori/Minaudier (SRT Racing Century) + 2h34m19s
9 Ekstr & ouml; m/Bergkvist (Audi) + 2h39m57s
10 Sebastian Halpern/Bernardo Graue (X-raid Mini JCW) + 2h40m00 From Nicola Villani's report
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