The Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing), winner of the second stage of the Dakar Rally in the car category, he acknowledged that he attacked “to the maximum” to try to reduce differences in the general with respect to the French Stéphane Peterhansel and to spanish Carlos Sainz, teammates on the X-Raid Mini JCW team.
The three-time Dakar champion was fastest on the special at Wadi Ad Dawasir, fulfilling his strategy. “We have attacked to the maximum and everything has gone well. We have not made any mistakes at any time. Mathieu (Baumel, the co-pilot) He has done an excellent job and we can be happy. It’s a good start to the rally, “he remarked.
Nasser Al Attiyah is third overall, 9:14 behind Stéphane Peterhansel.
A Peterhansel, new leader of the general car, who stressed that in the second stage “everything went well” for his interests.
Peterhansel caught up with Sainz, who snatched the first position of the general, “in the neutralized section” and then he had to open the track in the last 200 kilometers of special.
Despite this, the Frenchman managed to set the second best time of the day and climb to first place in the general classification.
“I think it was a good day. The first dunes were very soft and the car was full of fuel, so it was heavy. We had to be careful not to get stuck, “he said.
The fact of opening the track believes that it hurt him, in the sense that it left “good footprints” for the Toyota drivers.