The Saudi Yazeed Al Rahji won the 7th stage of the Dakar in the car category, Stéphane Peterhansel consolidating his leadership.
If the classification of motorcycles is very tight in the Top 10, we know that in cars, barring a disaster, victory should be played between Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah. The French driver from Mini and the Qatari driver from Toyota are separated by 7’53 after this seventh stage, and their pursuers are more than twenty minutes away!
This Sunday, it was the Saudi Yazeed Al Rahji (Toyota) who was the fastest and was able to resist Peterhansel, still looking for his first special victory this year. He finally won with 48 seconds ahead of the French to sign, at home, his first victory since 2015.
Peterhansel took two minutes from Al-Attiyah which, failing a victory, was enough for his happiness. Once again, the unlucky one of the day is named Sébastien Loeb. The nine-time world rally champion is going through an ordeal on this Dakar 2021. The Alsatian broke a bearing about thirty kilometers from the finish and arrived 1h50 after the winner of the day.
7th stage cars – Ha’il – Sakala (737 km, including 453 km of special)
1- Yazeed Al Rahji-Dirk Von Zitzewitz (SAU-ALL / Toyota) in 4h21’59
2- Stéphane Peterhansel-Edouard Boulanger (FRA-FRA / Mini) at 0 ″ 48
3- Carlos Sainz-Lucas Cruz (ESP-ESP / Mini) at 1 ″ 15
4- Nasser Al-Attiyah-Matthieu Baumel (QAT-FRA / Toyota) at 2’48
5- Jakub Przygonski-Timo Gottschlak (POL-ALL / Toyota) at 12’00
General car classification after 7 stages (out of 12)
1- Stéphane Peterhansel-Edouard Boulanger (FRA-FRA / Mini) in 26h26’50
2- Nasser Al-Attiyah-Matthieu Baumel (QAT-FRA / Toyota) at 7’53
3- Carlos Sainz-Lucas Cruz (ESP-ESP / Mini) at 41’06
4- Jakub Przygonski-Timo Gottschlak (POL-ALL / Toyota) at 1h22’48
5- Nani Roma – Alexandre Winocq (ESP-FRA / Prodrive) at 1h59