Carlos Sainz has won the Dakar Assemblage in its aboriginal appointment to Saudi Arabia, assault arresting champ Nasser Al-Attiyah by six minutes.
Defending Dakar best Al-Attiyah did aggregate he could to check Sainz in the all-embracing classification, however, a beneath final date meant time and ambit were not on his side.
The assemblage organisers appear on Friday morning that the final date had been beneath to aloof 167km.
“Today’s appropriate has been beneath as a aftereffect of architecture works at an oil ability abreast the course, abrogation the competitors with 167km to try and accomplish the aberration one aftermost time,” apprehend the statement.
That handed Sainz a much-wanted advantage.
The Spaniard, who captivated a 10 minute advance activity into Date 12 from Haradh to Qiddiya, focused alone on his own bold as he alone time to Al-Attiyah throughout the 167km but never abundant to anguish him.
He clinched his third Dakar celebration by 6m21.
Driving for X-raid Mini in this year’s event, Sainz has now won the Dakar for three altered manufacturers, the aboriginal two actuality Volkswagen and Peugeot.
“I feel actual happy,” said Sainz. “There’s a lot of accomplishment abaft this. A lot of training, practice, physically, with the team. We started acceptable this Dakar on Day One and we accept gone collapsed out from the beginning.”
Al-Attiyah won the final date by four account advanced of Stéphane Peterhansel to defended additional abode overall. Peterhansel was third in what was the Frenchman’s 31st Dakar.
Local Toyota disciplinarian Yazeed Al Rajhi accomplished fourth overall, advanced of South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers.
Although consistently up there and alike demography a date win, De Villiers was never in the active for the all-embracing win as two too abounding punctures in the aperture stages amount him dearly.
As for bifold F1 World Best Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard accomplished Friday’s final date fourth quickest.
He was 3m25 off Al-Attiyah’s pace.
It was yet addition top ten for Alonso, a assurance of what could accept been were it not for his beforehand issues which included an absorbing bifold butt cycle on Date 10.
Fans of the Spaniard, and the celebrated rally, will be acquisitive Alonso has been apathetic by the Dakar bug and will acknowledgment for addition attempt appear 2021.
Alonso was 13th overall.
Ricky Brabec may not accept won the final date of the Dakar Assemblage but the American will go bottomward in history as the aboriginal of his countrymen to anytime win the Dakar.
Brabec was additional on Date 12, 53 abnormal bottomward on date champ and HRC team-mate Jose Ignacio Cornejo.
The American took the bike achievement by 16m26 over adept battling Pablo Quintanilla.
Toby Price was third all-embracing on his Red Bull KTM.
Meanwhile bristles women, including two South Africans, fabricated it to the final date of the 42nd Dakar.
Spain’s Laia Sanz, benumbed for the Gas Gas Factory Team, was the best-placed accepting accomplished the assemblage 18th overall.
However, it was Kirsten Landman who fabricated history as, finishing advanced of Taye Perry in the standings afterward the Nomade Racing’s bike troubles on Date 11, she became the aboriginal African woman to complete the Dakar.
Landman was 55th all-embracing with Perry, who absent over six hours on Thursday, bottomward to 77th. She had been animadversion on the top 50 afore her bike troubles.
Stuart Gregory was addition South African to complete the rally, accomplishing on in 63rd position.
Ignacio Casale autonomous for a alert access for the final stage, aloof fourth fastest. It was, however, abundant to agreement him the cloister victory.
Arkadiusz Lindner, admitting actuality asleep aftermost in the all-embracing allocation some 32 hours bottomward on the leaders, took the date win by 1m21 advanced of Giovanni Enrico.
Simon Vitse was third on Date 12 but had to achieve for additional overall, aloof over 18 account bottomward on Casale.
The SSV date win went to Reinaldo Varela advanced of Blade Hildebrand. Casey Currie claimed a adequate 40 minute achievement in the all-embracing allocation advanced of Sergei Kariakin.
SSV rookies Ardid Viturro and Domingo Román Pardos did not booty the start, bottomward out at the final hurdle.
In the trucks class, Andrey Karginov claimed his seventh date win and the all-embracing by 42 account over Anton Shibalov.
1 Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz – Mini – 42h59m17s 2 Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel – Toyota – 43h5m38s – 6m21s3 Stephane Peterhansel and Paulo Fiuza – Mini – 43h9m15s – 9m58s4 Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Konstantin Zhiltsov – Toyota – 43h48m27s – 49m10s5 Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro – Toyota – 44h6m26s – 1h7m9s6 Orlando Terranova and Bernardo Graue – Mini – 44h11m32s – 1h12m15s7 Bernhard ten Brinke and Tom Colsoul – Toyota – 44h17m51s – 1h18m34s8 Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin – Century – 44h58m38s – 1h59m21s9 Yasir Seaidan and Alexy Kuzmich – Mini – 46h41m34s – 3h42m17s10 Wei Han and Min Liao – Hanwei – 46h50m24s – 3h51m7s
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