Sainz: ‘Another difficult day, with two punctures in a row’

The Spanish Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW), third classified in the general car of the Dakar Rally, assured that this Thursday was “a difficult “two pricks in a row”.

After losing at the finish line 2:26 to the winner of the eleventh special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing), the Madrid native regretted his lack of luck. “We started well, but we suffered two punctures in a row. And then towards the end of the stage, there was a wire edge that I didn’t see and it ripped everything off”, he exposed.

The defending champion, also champion in 2010 and 2018, assumed that in the 43rd edition of the Dakar Rally, which for the second consecutive year is held in Saudi Arabia, he does not have the luck of the face.

“Luckily we are already closer to the end,” he said.

Sainz will face the twelfth and final stage this Friday with a gap of 1 hour and 4 minutes with respect to his teammate, Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel.