Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, third, remain in the lead of the Dakar Rallye

02/01/2023

Great stage for Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Audi RS Q e-tron) in which they finished third in the 430 kilometers of special stage, and in which they had to open the track throughout the day, in one of the most difficult days of the Dakar.

After yesterday’s great victory, the Spanish drivers had to show their rivals the way today. Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota) took advantage of Lucas Cruz’s good navigation to follow the Audi’s skids and win the stage with just over 5 minutes over the Spaniard. Despite the time lost, Carlos Sainz remains leader and tomorrow he will face the third stage from a better starting position.

Carlos Sainz: “Today’s stage was impressive, with lots of rocks and trial areas. There were many punctures, it was one of the most difficult stages I have ever ridden, it was a day to survive. We had a flat tire, but we are happy because we were opening the track and it was very difficult, with more than five hours of riding. We are happy for today, but we have to keep going”.

Tomorrow’s stage
ALULA > HA’IL: Liaison > 221 km – Special > 447 km

The drivers will immediately leave the bivouac for a dazzling special stage, “perhaps the most beautiful fifty kilometers of the rally”, warns David Castera. However, it will not be the time for contemplations: neither for the drivers who will have to worry about their time in this fast stage, nor for the co-drivers who will have to be very precise in the sequence of canyons planned for the day. The confluence of these variables could lead to significant turnarounds among the leaders in all categories.