Sainz Sr. takes Dakar lead on Day 3

Carlos Sainz Sr
Carlos Sainz Sr

#305 Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken the lead of the 2020 Dakar Rally after topping the third stage on Tuesday over the 265-mile loop around Neom .

His final winning margin on the day was three minutes and 31 seconds over reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah, and he heads the Toyota driver by five minutes in the overall classification.

Ricky Brabec wanted to make a statement of intent on the loop around Neom and rose to the challenge seamlessly. Despite tricky terrain and difficult navigation, the American methodically left his rivals in his wake to triumph with a big lead over the rest of the pack, allowing him to take command of the rally.

In the quad race, Giovanni Enrico finally put an end to the supremacy of Ignacio Casale and picked up his first stage victory. The contest was also close in the SSV race, which was today won by Gerard Farres thanks to a fine finish in the last few kilometers. Andrey Karginov did not give a sniff of a chance to Siarhei Viazovich for stage victory and is now putting pressure on his Byelorussian rival in the general standings.

Car – Stage 3 Top-10

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR GAP
1 Carlos Sainz Sr. Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 3h48m01.s
2 Jakub Przygonski Orlen X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 4m19.s
3 Yasir Saeidan Race World Team Mini/BMW 5m28.s
4 Fernando Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 6m14.s
5 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 6m31.s
6 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 7m36.s
7 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 10m26.s
8 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 12m52.s
9 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 16m21.s
10 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 16m43.s

Car- Top-10 Overall Leaders

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR GAP
1 Carlos Sainz Sr. Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 11h00m20.s
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 7m55.s
3 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 8m09.s
4 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Overdrive Toyota Toyota 18m58.s
5 Stephane Peterhansel Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team Mini/BMW 19m00.s
6 Mathieu Serradori SRT Racing Century/? 20m56.s
7 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 23m42.s
8 Bernhard Ten Brinke Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 33m23.s
9 Martin Prokop MP Sports Ford 48m05.s
10 Vaidotas Zala Agrorodeo Mini/BMW 59m59.s

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