Dakar Stage 9: Sainz clings on to lead, Peterhansel wins

Stephane Peterhansel
Stephane Peterhansel

The Dakar Rally continues to head towards the east of the Arabian peninsula with the camp for the ninth stage situated in Haradh. The assistants will remain at this point for the coming three days – the final bivouac before the rally concludes in Qiddiyah.

Defending Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel won his third stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah cut rally leader Carlos Sainz Sr's lead to almost nothing.

The 296-mile Wadi ad-Dawasir – Haradh stage saw Al-Attiyah finish just 15 seconds behind stage winner Peterhansel, the Toyota driver slashing Sainz's lead in the marathon down to less than a half a minute.

The gap between Sainz and teammate Peterhansel, meanwhile, has been halved and now stands at 6m38s.

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[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Riders were out bright and early from the Wadi Al-Dawasir camp to complete the 376-kilometer liaison section which took them to the start of the 410-kilometer timed special. In store today were very hard track and tough navigating up until the refuelling point, followed by sand tracks and even some dunes. A final link section of 100 kilometers brought the riders back to the bivouac at Haradh.

On today’s stage the top contenders for the victory registered very close times.

Pablo Quintanilla took his and Husqvarna's first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as overall leader Ricky Brabec gave up fewer than four minutes of his advantage.

Joan Barreda, who caught up with Benavides in the final kilometers, clocked the day’s third fastest time, with a very narrow gap from the riders ahead in the general standings. The Spaniard, who moves up into fourth spot, will be heavily involved in the battle for the Dakar 2020 podium.

Ricky Brabec managed the gaps at the head of the field extremely well. On the day, the American Monster Energy Honda Team rider finished fourth, which rewards him with a favorable starting position tomorrow, having conceded very little time in the stage today.

Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, winner of the previous stage, having been lumbered with having to open the track for a greater part of the day, did however, manage to set a swift pace to finish in sixth place just six minutes off the eventual winner.

Car Results Stage 9 (Top-10)

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR Time/GAP
1 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 3h08m31s
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0m15s
3 Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 4m48s
4 Jakub Przygonski Orlen X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 6m23s
5 Carlos Sainz Sr. Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 6m31s
6 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 8m22s
7 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 8m30s
8 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 11m16s
9 Fernando Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 13m03s
10 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 13m10s

Car Standings After Stage 9 (Top-10)

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR Time/GAP
1 Carlos Sainz Sr. Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 35h11m54s
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0m24s
3 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 6m38s
4 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 34m16s
5 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 49m41s
6 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 57m57s
7 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1h08m59s
8 Mathieu Serradori SRT Racing Century/? 1h24m20s
9 Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 2h35m35s
10 Fernando Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3h17m23s

Bike Results Stage 9 (Top-10)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 QUINTANILLA Pablo 5 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 03:30'33
2 PRICE Toby 1 AUS KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +01'54
3 BARREDA Joan 12 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'42
4 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +03'55
5 EVAN BRANCH Ross 18 BWA BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM KTM +05'30
6 BENAVIDES Kevin 7 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +05'50
7 BENAVIDES Luciano 16 ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +06'08
8 CORNEJO Jose Ignacio 17 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'23
9 SHORT Andrew 6 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna +06'57
10 WALKNER Matthias 2 AUT KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +08'07

Rider Standings After Stage 9 (Top-10)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BRABEC Ricky 9 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 31:59'29
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo 5 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +20'53
3 PRICE Toby 1 AUS KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +26'43
4 BARREDA Joan 12 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +28'16
5 CORNEJO Jose Ignacio 17 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +26'43
6 WALKNER Matthias 2 AUT KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +37'16
7 BENAVIDES Luciano 16 ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +41'11
8 CAIMI Stefano ARG Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +01:21'04
9 HOWES Skyler 59 USA Klymciw Racing KTM +01:24'24
10 SVITKO Stefan 19 SLO Slovnaft Team KTM +01:30'35

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