Complicated stage for Carlos Sainz, who continues to lead the Dakar

17/01/2024

Today’s stage was not expected to be very complicated, but the Dakar is always full of surprises. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Audi RS Q e-tron) suffered three punctures in this tenth stage of 371 kilometers in the AlUla loop.

Two punctures in the first part and a slow puncture later on forced the Spanish drivers to wait for their teammate Mattias Ekström to leave him some tires to be able to continue. His main rival in the fight for victory, Sebastien Loeb (Bahrain), has not been spared the dreaded punctures either, with Carlos and Lucas reaching the end of the special stage, losing just over 7 minutes to the Frenchman, leaving them 13 minutes 22 seconds ahead in the standings with two stages to go, tomorrow’s very complicated and feared by all, but which has been shortened in mileage and will be 420 kilometers of special stage instead of the 480 planned.

Carlos Sainz:A complicated stage, at the beginning we passed Loeb, but then we had a puncture and he overtook us. We were going calmly without attacking and again another puncture. Later on we had a slow puncture, so we had to wait for Mattias and thanks to him, who left us three tires, we were able to finish the stage. At the finish line we lost 7 minutes, but we are still alive. Tomorrow will be the decisive stage, the one with the stones of last year.

Tomorrow’s stage
Stage 11: Alula > Yanbu Link > 107 km – Special > 420 km
Tomorrow’s stage is the most dreaded of the second part, but they have shortened it to 420 kilometers. Stones and punctures can be the protagonists.