Carlos Sainz and Audi win in a Dakar Rally with reinforced safety

Carlos Sainz won the third stage in cars of the Dakar 2022, this Tuesday in al-Qaisumah, at the wheel of his hybrid Audi, a first victory for this engine and the victory number forty for the Spanish in the legendary rally.

After a chaotic first stage on Sunday, the three Audi hybrids had a good day with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel in third place, 1 minute 41 seconds, while Sweden’s Mattias Ekström was fifth, 2 minutes 59 seconds.

Qatari Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota), eighth on the stage, only lost 5 minutes and 10 seconds and performed a good operation on the day, displacing second overall, Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, more than 35 minutes away, at break his longitudinal transmission and finish the stage on two driving wheels.

For his part, the Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) won the third motorcycle stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, on a 255 km special drawn up northeast of Saudi Arabia.

Australian Toby Price (KTM) and young American Mason Klein (KTM) complete the podium at 1 minute, 3 seconds and 1 minute and 14 seconds respectively.

In the general classification, the Englishman Sam Sunderland (KTM) retains the first position with only 4 seconds of advantage over the French Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha), who recovered three minutes from his rival and brother-in-law on his birthday.

This third stage was played in a context of reinforced security around the rally. A pilot who was on board the vehicle hit by an explosion on December 30, wounding another French participant, said on Tuesday that he was convinced that it was a "attempt".

Saudi authorities on Saturday dismissed the trail of a criminal act to explain what they called "accident", who seriously wounded in the leg the also French Philippe Boutron, 61, who was repatriated after undergoing surgery in Saudi Arabia.

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The organizer does not stop remembering the watch instructions, regarding the shelter for the next few days for the members of the caravan who have planned to stay outside the official structure.

The longest special of the Rally will be held on Wednesday with 465 km between al-Qaisumah and Riyadh before linking two stages around the capital and a rest day eagerly awaited by the participants.

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