Dakar 2021 Stage 10 | Overdrive Toyota’s Yazeed Al Rajhi takes second stage win
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel finished at P2 and P3, respectively
Overdrive Toyota’s Yazeed Al Rajhi took his second stage win at the 2021 Dakar and finished fastest today with a time of 03:03:57 hours. After a lot of back and forth between the two, Nasser Al-Attiyah of Toyota Gazoo Racing finished second, while Mr Dakar Stephane Peterhansel of the X-Raid Mini JCW team finished third building on his unparalleled consistency.
X-Raid Mini JCW team’s Carlos Sainz had a rough day today after encountering technical problems in the initial bits of the stage. Despite, that he managed a P4 finish, 04:12 minutes behind stage winner Yazeed Al-Rajhi. Nani Roma of Team BRX had a good outing and finished in P10.
General rankings after Stage 10
Stephane Peterhansel is still in the lead a full 17:01 minutes ahead of immediate rival Nasser Al-Attiyah. Carlos Sainz continues to stay in P3 but got a couple of minutes added to his overall gap. Jakub Przygonski of the Orlen Team/Overdrive and Nani Roma of Team BRX continue to stay in P4 and P5, respectively.
Stephane Peterhansel of the X-Raid Mini JCW team after completing the stage, "The navigation is designed to throw the drivers off track, so it wasn't easy. We didn't get lost, but we hesitated a lot. We lost very little time to Nasser and that's what really matters. The tension goes up as soon as you start to hesitate, so that's when you need to stay as calm as possible. The pressure never goes away, from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. When you do well in a stage, you know it would be a real pity to see all that effort go down the drain! Being in the lead is the best position, but it's also where you've got the most to lose."
Tomorrows stage will see the competitors travel from Al-Ula to Yanbu for a total distance of 557km out of which the special stage will be a whopping 511km long, the longest timed special stage in the 2021 Dakar. The stage will be riddled with dunes and a 100km section of sand tracks where competitors can make up time.
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