Two-time world rally champion, the legendary “Matador” Carlos Sainz for the second time in his career won the rally-marathon “Dakar” and interrupted the series of failures that has haunted him for five years.
The Spaniard became the only Quartet of Peugeot, who managed to avoid problems during the difficult race. Sebastien Loeb withdrew from the race after the injury mate, Cyril despres was out of the game after suspension damage to finish his crew performed the role of military Technicals. Not have survived even the most experienced Stephane Peterhansel – Frenchman smashed the rear suspension for a failed overtaking of the ATV rider at the seventh stage, and in the penultimate day of lost hours due to damage to the power steering.
From damage the engine to fall off the cliff. Black band Carlos Sainz on the Dakar
Only Carlos Sainz was driving like on rails. Maybe confidence is a former racer WRC gave the gap, which in the course of the entire second half of the race was about an hour. At the same time, unlike in previous years, the car did not disappoint. We can say that the most difficult and dramatic “Dakar” in South America full Fortuna returned the favor to Science.
This finish was for the “Matador” first from 2011 (the”Dakar-2012″ he missed), and the victory – the second after the success in 2010, won in the car Volkswagen Touareg.
The leader of the Overdrive Toyota Nasser al-Attiyah became the leader by quantity of the won stages – but was too unstable and lost in a total amount of 1-1. 5 hours. However, the Qatari finished second behind Sainz 43 minutes and winning his first podium behind the wheel of the car Toyota after the fourth place a year ago.
One of the main intrigue before the start of the final special stage was who will be standing on the third step of the podium. Ingela de Villers and Stefan Peterhansel has shared 8 minutes. They took the first two places in the last day, but the gap between them was only 40 seconds, and then in favor of a South African. Thus, for the fourth time in the last nine years Peterhansel – after 2010, 2011 and 2015 finished outside the first three.
In the classification of ATV, which in 2018 was separated from the category of car that won Reynaldo Varela. 58-year-old Brazilian has won five stages and 57 minutes ahead of nearest rival Patrice Garusta. Just 13 cars that started reached the finish line were six.
|3.||304||Giniel De Villiers||TOYOTA||50:32.59||1:16.41|
|6.||319||Khalid Al Qassimi||PEUGEOT||53:37.16||4:20.58|
|8.||334||Peter van Merkstein||TOYOTA||56:57.46||7:41.28|
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