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Rivals in trouble, Peterhansel wins Stage 9 – Motorsports

The 6-minute gap between Peterhansel and Al Atya almost tripled as the X-raid Mini driver secured his first stage victory in 2021 with a chance to win the record 14th Dakar title. It has increased.

Peter Hansel did his best and was always at the front, but Toyota driver Al Atiya spent a lot of time with two punctures and navigation problems that could have a decisive impact on the outcome of the rally. Lost. He was lucky to still finish second on stage, but now he sits in the overall position for nearly 18 minutes with a French driver.

Sainz, the current champion, also endured a difficult day, losing more than 22 minutes after stopping to solve the mini buggy braking problem.

Giniel de Villiers has enjoyed the best results since winning Stage 5 and finished third, just 19 seconds behind teammate Al Atya.

Yazeed Al Rajhi drifted for another 25 seconds at the top entry in Overdrive. Meanwhile, Brian Baragwanath returned the Century mark to the top 10 after a difficult marathon stage, finishing 13 minutes 51 seconds in 5th place with Peterhansel.

Ford’s privateer Martin Procop finished sixth ahead of Cyril Despre and Khalid Alkasimi’s PH Sport Peugeot, with Toyota’s privateer Benedictus Vanagas and 2014 winner Nani Roma in the top ten. I finished it.

Rome is now the only surviving Bahrain Raid Extreme driver after teammate and nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb retired from the event on Monday at Stage 8.

With only three stages left, Peterhansel sits far enough away from Al Atya at the top of the table. Sainz has been down to his teammates for an hour and may be out of the fight for victory.

Jakub Przygonski and Roma remain in 4th and 5th respectively, while Al Qassimi jumps Vladimir Vasilyev in 6th. De Villias remains in 9th place, but only 4 minutes behind Procop, with Optimus driver Christian Lavieille in 10th place.

Ranking after Stage 9 (Top 10 only):

position

driver

car

Time lag

1

Stephane Peterhansel

mini

34 hours 26 minutes 16 seconds

2

Nacelle al-atiya

Toyota

17 minutes 50 seconds

3

Carlos Sainz

mini

1 hour 02 minutes 25 seconds

Four

Jakub Przygonski

Toyota

2 hours 16 minutes 30 seconds

Five

Nani Roma

Prodrive

2 hours 42 minutes 38 seconds

6

Khalid Alkasimi

Peugeot

3 hours 01 minutes 13 seconds

7

Vladimir Vasiliev

Peugeot

3 hours 10 minutes 17 seconds

8

Martin Procop

Ford

3 hours 36 minutes 01 seconds

9

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota

3 hours 40 minutes 09 seconds

Ten

Christian La Vieille

Optimus

4 hours 10 minutes 32 seconds

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