LIMA, Peru — Dakar Rally nice Stephane Peterhansel won a drama-filled third stage on Wednesday wherein defending champion Carlos Sainz and in a single day chief Giniel de Villiers obtained caught within the dunes and misplaced main time.
The overall lead modified again to opening-stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah. Solely Razeed Al Rajhi and Peterhansel have been inside 10 minutes of him.
The bike standings have been additionally shaken up, as race chief Joan Barreda descended in fog right into a basin midway via the 331-kilometer stage from San Juan de Marcona inland to Arequipa. He could not get out and deserted the race for the third time in 4 years. Additionally, defending champion Matthias Walkner, second overall in a single day, strayed four kilometers off beam and dropped to 21 minutes off the tempo.
Sainz was the primary notable driver to get in bother simply 38 kilometers in, when the entrance left wheel was nearly torn off his Mini. He managed to restart however solely after a three-hour delay.
De Villiers got here to a standstill at 172 kilometers and misplaced 4 hours. Cyril Despres, Sebastien Loeb and Jakub Przygonski light within the dunes.
In the meantime, seven-time auto champion Peterhansel and two-time winner Al-Attiyah have been tearing up the stage. Peterhansel ultimately won, and after beginning the day 14 minutes down, he’d halved the deficit on new chief Al-Attiyah.
“It was a pleasant stage, with robust dunes and tough navigation, hard-to-find waypoints within the valleys,” Peterhansel stated. “It was a quintessentially Peruvian stage and the signal of issues to come within the subsequent few days.”
They have been cut up by Al Rajhi, who was fourth on the stage. The Saudi is a menace having won his earlier two occasions, the Kazakhstan Rally and Silk Approach Rally, and his co-driver is Timo Gottschalk, who won the 2011 Dakar with Al-Attiyah. However of his 4 earlier Dakars, Al Rajhi completed solely two.
Nani Roma, the 2014 champion, was 12 minutes again.
Walkner opened the best way for the motorbikes because the earlier stage winner and struggled immediately. He strayed and Ricky Brabec adopted him.
No less than they have been transferring, not like Barreda, who could not get well his Yamaha and give up after two hours.
French rider Xavier de Soultrait, competing in his sixth Dakar, made an enormous break at first and held on for his first profession stage victory by beating Pablo Quintanilla by 15 seconds.
Quintanilla was consoled by taking the overall lead, 11 minutes up on Kevin Benavides. Sam Sunderland was third, 12 minutes again.
In Quintanilla’s earlier six Dakars, he completed within the high 10 thrice and deserted thrice.
He has a very good lead on different prerace favorites: Toby Worth is 15 minutes again in fifth, de Soultrait is 16 minutes again in sixth and Walkner is 21 minutes down in eighth.