After a rest day on Saturday, the Dakar Rally resumed Sunday in the Peruvian dunes, where a clean stage for Nasser Al-Attiyah further increased the Qatari’s cushion at the head of the car standings he leads Sebastien Loeb by 37m43s. The performance of Al-Attiyah between Arequipa and San Juan de Marcona has now put their lead at 41m14s over third-placed Stéphane Peterhansel.
“The dunes today were incredible, I’ve never seen anything like that anywhere in the world!” said Al-Attiyah.
Peterhansel conceded 18m49s minutes to Al-Attiyah’s Toyota in the Tanaka dunes. The 13-time Dakar winner and his MINI John Cooper Works Buggy ran into trouble and he now has it all to do on the final four stages.
“Two days ago Nani (Roma) helped me in the fesh-fesh (finely ground sand that looks like solid ground but behaves like soft mud), so when I saw him stuck today it was not possible that I wouldn’t stop to help him. I tried to pull him and ended up getting stuck myself for 20 minutes.” related Peterhansel.
Also suffering in the sands Sunday was Orlen Team’s Kuba Przygonski, who came home 90 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.