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Carlos Sainz already is second in the Dakar Rally

11 Enero 2016

After another great leg, the Spanish driver continues to climb and is second overall, 2 minutes 9 seconds behind Peterhansel

Carlos Sainz was fastest on the stage at the penultimate waypoint, but ended up second at the end, despite having the handicap of opening the road. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret picked up a puncture but then fought back strongly at the end of the stage. Having dropped six minutes with the problem, the number 302 crew finished third on the stage, 31 seconds behind stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, after 393 kilometres of competitive action. He reclaimed the lead of the overall classification with an advantage of 2m09s over Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz.

Carlos Sainz: " It was tricky to open the road because the second part of the stage presented us with the first real off-road action of the rally, with camel grass and plenty of navigation. Lucas did a great job and I’m pleased that we didn’t lose too much time today".

8th leg classification
1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI ALL4 Racing) 4:12.35
2. Carlos Sainz (Peugeot 2008 DKR) +00.12 
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot 2008 DKR) +00.31
4. Cyril Despres (Peugeot 2008 DKR) +00.40
5. Mikko Hirvonen (MINI ALL4 Racing) +06.42

Overall classification Dakar Rally
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot 2008 DKR) 26:01.44
2. Carlos Sainz (Peugeot 2008 DKR) +02.09
3. Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI ALL4 Racing) +14.43
4. Mikko Hirvonen (MINI ALL4 Racing) +36.42
5. Leeroy Poulter (Toyota) +49.32

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