Stéphane Peterhansel with a reassuring lead for the last day of the Dakar

The Frenchman leads Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah by just over 15 minutes, who won the stage 11.

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Only a catastrophe could prevent the consecration of the French Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI) in the 2021 Dakar rally with only one stage to go. The most successful driver of this race, who already has 13 victories, finished second in stage 11 between Al ula y Yanbu and in this way he leads the positions with an appreciable advantage over his escort.

Stephane peterhanselThe selective test, which was carried out over 464 kilometers, was won Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota). Despite this sixth partial success, the Qatari did not manage to get too close to Peterhansel, who will face the last day that will take them to the finish line in Jeddah with 15m05s in his favor.

“We played in the first part. Then we overtook Nasser, so good. But in the last part there were dunes with big rocks behind. We hit each other well and punctured again. We were afraid there would be more. It seems that the car has held. Although we have lost a few minutes, it has not been much. It has been a day of continuous stress. Not easy", summarized the pointer.

Nasser Al-Attiyah“After 11 stages I am happy to be here without having suffered any technical problems with the car. Exactly the same as last year we had problems with the tires. I hope to return next year with different rules. It seems to me that 16 punctures is too much. But, well, tomorrow we will continue in case we are lucky. We'll see…"Al-Attiyah commented resignedly.

Already out of the fight for victory, although occupying the third step of the podium, the Spanish is located Carlos Sainz. El Matador could do little after a difficult first week. That is reflected in the time table with the hour behind him with respect to the Frenchman.

LIGHT VEHICLES AND TRUCKS

In light vehicles, the Chilean Chaleco López (Can-Am) continues to lead the general classification after finishing second in the selective that remained for the American Seth quintero (OT3). López beats the American by 18m24s Austin Jones (Can-Am) and for 54m16s to the Polish Arom Domzala (Can-Am).

In trucks, the Russian Dmitry Sotnikov (Kamaz) did not have a good day, but that does not jeopardize his triumph. Although he finished fifth in the special test, he takes 39m58s from his compatriot and teammate Anton Shibalov, which was the fastest in the partial. While the Chilean Ignacio Casale (Tatra) closes the Top 10 more than 5 hours from the pointer.

The strenuous competition will end this Friday with stage 12 between Yanbu and Jeddah that will include a special of 225 kilometers. The section will have some dunes and a finish line facing the Red Sea at an end that recalls those outcomes in the Pink lake in the capital of Senegal.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION CAR DAKAR 2021

POS. PILOT TEAM WEATHER
1 STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL
EDOUARD BOULANGER
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 42H 06 ′ 45 "
2 NASSER AL-ATTIYAH
MATTHIEU BAUMEL
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING + 00H 15 ′ 31 "
3 CARLOS SAINZ
LUCAS CRUZ
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM + 01H 04 ′ 50 "
4 JAKUB PRZYGONSKI
TIMO GOTTSCHALK
ORLEN TEAM / OVERDRIVE + 02H 32 ′ 21 "
5 NANI ROMA
ALEXANDRE WINOCQ
BAHRAIN RAID XTREME + 03H 15 ′ 53 "
6 SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI
XAVIER PANSERI
ABU DHABI RACING + 03H 25 ′ 45 "
7 VLADIMIR VASILYEV
DMITRO TSYRO
X-RAID TEAM + 03H 26 ′ 55 "
8 GINIEL DE VILLIERS
ALEX HARO BRAVO
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING + 03H 53 ′ 53 "
9 MARTIN PROKOP
VIKTOR CHYTKA
BENZINA ORLEN TEAM + 03H 59 ′ 48 "
10 CYRIL DESPRES
MICHAEL HORN
ABU DHABI RACING + 04H 49 ′ 01 "

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS.

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