Dakar 2021 Stage two : Car results
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel of Toyota Gazoo Racing finish first in Dakar 2021 stage two
Stage two of the Dakar 2021 rally kicked off on January 4, 2021. The stage saw competitors travel from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir for a total of 658 km of which the special stage consisted of 457 km. Stage two was a lot sandier, which meant that it was easier on the machines and helped competitors keep the pace up.
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team finished first with an outstanding time of 04:03:14 hours. Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger of the X-Raid Mini JCW team came in in a close second with a time of 04:05:49 hours. The third fastest time of the stage belonged to Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruze of the X-Raid Mini JCW Team, who clocked 04:12:31 hours.
General standings after stage one and two are Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger of X-Raid Mini JCW Team in first place with a time of 07:17:18 hours. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz of the X-Raid Mini JCW Team are in second place with a time of 07:23:55 hours. Third place belongs to Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthier Baumel of Toyota Gazoo Racing with a time of 07:26:32 hours.
Here’s what Nasser Al-Attiyah of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team had to say after dominating the stage, “It was a good day, but I don’t know how much we have won back from Carlos or from Stéphane, you know. It looks like we’ve won the stage but I don’t know by how much. Yesterday we lost a lot of time because we opened the way and it was not really good for us and we didn’t take risks. But today we went flat out and everything is working very, very well. The tyres were amazing and the car too, the pace from start to finish, no mistakes at all, Matthew did a good job... I'm quite happy and we'll see: there's still a long way, but it's a good start".
Stay tuned for updates on stage three of Dakar 2021 which will happen on January 5, 2021. The stage is a loop stage in Wadi Ad-Dawasir and the total distance covered will be 630 km of which 403 km will be the special stage.