Dakar Rally: Qatar “Al-Attiyah” continues to drive the cars … and French “Sebastien Loeb” is second

The second stage of the Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 (Hail – Qaisumah) of the race to be held in the Kingdom until the 14th of this month took place today, the route of which has reached 792 km, of which 238 km for the special timed phase.

The rally organizers had announced this morning the modification of the rally route in the second and third stages; Due to difficult weather conditions in the Al-Artawiyah region, the route of the second leg has been changed, to start directly from Hail in Qaisumah instead of Al-Artawiyah, provided that the third stage is a circular stage in Qaisumah. The second stage of the Dakar Classic has also been canceled.

In terms of racing, the French Sebastien Loeb, driver of the team BRX, it was in able to lead the second stage of the “auto”in the T1 class, while the Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota driver, finished second and the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, the team “Audi” finished third. .

At the end of this stage, Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah continued to lead the overall standings in this category, while the French Sebastien Loeb finished second and the Argentine Lucio Alvarez third.

The Frenchman Peter Hansel, winner of the last edition, finished fourth in the second heat, 7 minutes and 56 seconds behind the leader, after his car broke down in the first stage, while the Saudi driver Yazid Al-Rajhi, the Il team OverDrive managed to secure sixth place, by 8 minutes and 41 seconds, seconds in this stage and eighth in the overall standings.

In the quad category, the Argentine Manuel Andujar, driver of the team 7240, took the lead, ahead of Yamaha’s French Alexandre Giroud, who finished second ahead of Del Amo Yamaha’s American Pablo Copetti, who finished second.

The Spaniard Juan Barreda, pilot of the team Honda managed to lead the second stage of the motorcycle category, ahead of Sam Sunderland, rider of the team “Gazgas”. KTM driver Kevin Benavides finished third, while Danilo Petrucci retired from the rally; Because his bike broke in the second stage.

In the category light desert T3, the first classified, Guillaume de Mevas, set the best time of 4 hours, two minutes and 42 seconds, beating the Chilean Francisco López Contardo, who finished second, while the Swedish Sebastian Ericsson finished third.

In turn, in the T4 desert light vehicle category, Pole Michael Kojzal took the lead, one minute and 21 seconds ahead of American Austin Jones, who finished second, while Brazilian Rodrigo Lope de Oliveira finished third. .

In the truck category, the quartet of the team Kamaz dominated the first places for this stage, after Russian driver Andrey Karginov scored first, while his compatriot Dmitriy Sotnikov finished second and Edward Nikolaev finished third. in ranking, followed by Anton Shebalov in fourth.

It is interesting to note that the third stage will start tomorrow, Tuesday, from the city of Qaisumah and will end in a circular circuit with a total distance of 381 km, of which 255 km in the special stage.

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