Sainz, in the wake of Al Attiyah

Some did not have time for celebrations. While the world welcomed the new year with countdowns, fireworks, grapes and other traditions, in Arabia it was something else. The majority of those who sacrificed their last hotel night in two weeks to leave Jeddah and spend a night under the stars in a tent or caravan were the luckiest. All to save the first 200 kilometers of a tedious prologue day for its links. It was worth it, especially for those who start the Dakar With good feet.

It was the case of Carlos Sainz and his hybrid Audi. You just had to face 19 kilometers against the clock in a mixture of sand, dirt and dunes, nothing from which you can draw hasty conclusions, but once you are there, it is better to start well. And that is what the Madrilenian did to claim second place behind Al Attiyah with 12 seconds between them. Nobody came closer to the Toyota of the Qatari, who assumes his role of favorite from the first kilometer of the competition.

Behind the two intimate enemies, an unexpected guest, Baragnawath, in addition to Lategan’s official Toyota, both 36 seconds behind Nasser, one less than Loeb, in charge of closing the Top 5 with the BRX. Almost in the wake of his companion, Seventh, Nani Roma was positioned with a good place to be able to choose the starting position for the first stage. The first fifteen of each category do it in reverse order, a privilege to which the other two Audis opted by the hair: Peterhansel and Ekstrom were 14th and 15th after more than a minute.

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Sanders wins a prologue worth five

Before the cars, as usual, the motorcycles started. And they did it with their particular rule of multiplying times by five to give more weight to the records of the prologue. In those conditions, Sanders debuted with GasGas his record of triumphs in the Dakar, beating official motorcycles: Quintanilla (Honda), Branch (Yamaha), Benavides (KTM) and Walkner (KTM). Barreda, ninth to three minutes, It was the best Spanish with Santolino 21st at 6:50. After the special, they played 600 kilometers of link to the bivouac to conclude the first day of action. The following, 333 of the loop stage at Hail, will start to matter.

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