Al-Rajhi books first home victory in Dakar Rally

Yazeed Al-Rajhi won the seventh stage in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia with the cars. It was the first homegrown victory for the Saudi rider of Toyota. He clocked in the 453 kilometer trial from Ha‘il to Sakaka for a time of 4 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds.

Al-Rajhi was 48 seconds faster than the Frenchman Stรฉphane Peterhansel (Mini), who kept the lead in the overall ranking. The Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Mini) finished third at 1.15 minutes.

Peterhansel ran a little further into Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota), who finished fourth in the test. The Frenchman now has 7.53 minutes ahead of the rally driver from Qatar. Normally the experienced duo duels for the final victory in Dakar. Sainz, winner of the desert rally last year, ranked third, but is more than 40 minutes behind. Peterhansel, nicknamed Monsieur Dakar, can win Dakar for the fourteenth time.

Motorcycle driver Brabec wins first part marathon stage


American motorcycle driver Ricky Brabec won the first part of the two-day marathon stage in the Dakar Rally.

Last year’s final winner of the famous rally by Saudi Arabia, the Honda driver was over 2 minutes faster than the Chilean Josรฉ Ignacio Cornejo in the seventh stage. The stage between Ha‘il and Sakaka was about 734 kilometers, of which a classification test of 453 kilometers.

Brabec won the prologue last week, but no longer came close to a day win. The American was also outside the top 10 of the ranking. Saturday the participants of the Dakar Rally had a day’s rest. They were able to prepare for the marathon stage, which consists of two parts. Between the two rides, the drivers in Sakaka have to do the maintenance of their vehicles themselves, without the help of their mechanics.

Cornejo took over the lead of Australian Toby Price in the rankings. The difference between the two motorcyclists is 1 second.