Sainz and Peterhansel had to be the first to start the second stage, but had no trouble finding the right route. Both stable mates clocked the fastest completion times in the first part of the stage, but it was Nasser Al-Attiyah who came in at the end of the stage.
Al-Attiyah fights back
In the 457 km special stage to Wadi Ad-Dawasir, Al-Attiyah went a lot faster in the slot than the two MINIs, which allowed him to set the fastest time from the eighth measuring point. The Toyota driver then no longer made a mistake, to record the fastest time at the finish after more than four hours of driving.
Stephane Peterhansel had to settle for second fastest at + 2m35s, while Sainz lost almost ten minutes on the stage winner. In the general classification, Al-Attiyah still has to tolerate both MINIs in front of him. After two stages, Peterhansel is more than six minutes ahead of Sainz, followed by Al-Attiyah in third place.
Behind the three multiple Dakar winners, Yazeed Al-Rajhi was fourth fastest on home soil, ahead of Mathieu Serradori’s Century. Sebastien Loeb took sportive revenge for a mediocre first stage and clocked sixth fastest.
Ten Brinke 10th, Van Loon crashes again
Bernhard ten Brinke finished the second stage just in the top ten. The Toyota driver, along with navigator Tom Colsoul, admitted 21 minutes to Al-Attiyah, which gave the duo the tenth fastest time in the daily result.
For Erik van Loon, it was again quite disappointing on Monday. The Brabander could already forget a good classification after he hit a rock on Sunday, but it went wrong again in the second stage. Initially, Van Loon seemed on its way to a top 20 ranking, until things went wrong again and the Toyota Hilux came to lie on its side. It again caused a lot of damage to Van Loon, but he made it to the finish almost two hours behind.
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